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Social Policy Review 23Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2011$
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Chris Holden, Majella Kilkey, and Gaby Ramia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428301

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428301.001.0001

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A sin of omission: New Zealand’s export education industry and foreign policy

A sin of omission: New Zealand’s export education industry and foreign policy

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This chapter examines the interaction between international education and foreign policy in the context of New Zealand, a small country of 4.2 million people but one which has seen dramatic growth in international students studying within its shores. It identifies a major growth in students travelling, first from South East Asia but more recently especially from China, Japan, India and Saudi Arabia. It argues that the links between foreign policy and international education are clear to see, even if policy scholars, civil servants and policy makers in the country have yet to realise their significance. It notes that the foreign policy objectives of aid and the defeat of communist interests from South East Asia lay behind the first, limited opening up of New Zealand's borders to international students in 1951 under the Colombo Plan.

Keywords:   New Zealand, South East Asia, foreign policy, international education, Colombo plan

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