Study Abroad website updated to include more New Zealand providers

19 Jan 2017

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is pleased to announce that the Chinese Ministry of Education has recently agreed to add four New Zealand education providers to its Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxiwang (JSJ) Study Abroad website.

NZQA has worked closely with the Chinese Embassy since 2003 when New Zealand education providers were first added to the JSJ Study Abroad website.  More education providers were added in 2006, and again in 2015.  Currently all of New Zealand’s eight universities, 15 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, and 19 Private Training Establishments are listed on the website.

The JSJ website is maintained by the Chinese Ministry of Education. It lists education providers outside of China that have been recognised by the Chinese government as high quality education providers. This is important to New Zealand’s education institutions as it makes them visible to Chinese students choosing high quality education providers in New Zealand. More than 25,000 international students from China studied in New Zealand last year.

The four education providers recently added to the JSJ Study Abroad website are:

  • National Technology Institute Limited

  • Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Incorporated

  • ICL Graduate Business School

  • Animation College.

All the New Zealand education providers listed on the website meet criteria that have been agreed between the Chinese Ministry of Education and NZQA. Only those education providers that meet ALL the following criteria will be considered by the Chinese Ministry of Education for listing on the JSJ website:

  • be signatories to the Education Code of Practice

  • be a Category 1 or 2 provider, with evidence of maintaining this level over time

  • offer degrees (at Level 7 or above of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework)

  • not be specialist English language schools

  • not be distance learning schools

  • not deliver religious programmes.

Throughout negotiations NZQA has advocated for a criteria-based approach for the listing of further New Zealand PTEs. The rationale behind this approach is to allow for a regular review process, ensuring that PTEs on the list continue to meet criteria expected by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and allowing additional PTEs to be added to the list as they meet the criteria.

The announcement of the addition of four further high-quality PTEs is a positive step, and NZQA will continue to negotiate with the Chinese Ministry of Education on the use of the criteria as the basis for regular review and updates to the JSJ Study Aboard website list.

Visit the New Zealand page of the JSJ Study Abroad website. 

Please contact NZQA’s International Team at with any queries you might have about the JSJ website.

Media contact:

NZQA Communications
Phone: 0274 575783



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