What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you heard about “New Zealand”? Mine is an amazing view of mountains, green meadow, clear water and fresh air, something you can imagine from the scenes in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. This film adaptation of an epic fantasy novel by the British author J.R.R. Tolkien has undoubtedly promoted New Zealand’s tourism. It may be one of the attractions NZ has, but do you know that there are many other things that we can learn about New Zealand? Aside for its beautiful landmarks, many people have come to New Zealand to study for NZ’s education system has been ranked as one of the tops in the world.
To learn more about studying and living in New Zealand, Duta Wacana Christian University (DWCU) held a seminar on April 3, 2017, invited Dr. John Hope from the University of Auckland (UoA) as the speaker. The seminar took place in Rev. Harun Seminar Room and was attended by DWCU students as well as lecturers. Around 100 people were participate in this seminar. An opening remark from DWCU President Dr. Henry Feriadi welcoming the speaker and all participants was then followed with the introduction of Dr. John Hope by the moderator of the seminar Arida Susyetina, S.S., M.A (the Director of Office of International Affairs).
Dr. John Hope has 52 years working experience in education and still actively working in this field until today. His experience includes Primary Teacher, Secondary Teacher, Principal of three primary schools, Ministry of Education curriculum writer, Director UoA Primary Teacher Education, Director UoA Principal’s Center, Associate Dean International for Arts and Education, Director UoA Bed (TESOL) degree in Malaysia, and Director International Short Courses (currently with Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea, and USA). He has visited schools and universities in more than 20 countries.
Dr. John Hope had an interesting way to begin his presentation. He displayed an upside down world map with New Zealand at the top of the world. “I’d like to leave you with a different world perspective, come and complete your study abroad at a top ranked university, in a top ranked city and enjoyed an amazing country,” he said. “Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand is ranked 5th most livable city in the world,” he added. During his presentation, Dr. John Hope explained about the University of Auckland’s profile. The university has more than 6,000 international students. It also has many international university clubs including an Indonesian club who meet at the Faculty of Education where there are gamelan instruments.
There are scholarships opportunities to study in New Zealand, both from Indonesian government as well as New Zealand government. One of them is DIKTI scholarships for master program. The New Zealand government has also made special arrangements for international PhD students. If you are international PhD students, you do not have to pay international tuition fees (you only pay the same as Kiwi student). You can also work part-time up to 20 hours per week. You can bring your partner, who can get a full-time work visa, and if you have children, they can come too and have free schooling in New Zealand.
After the presentation, a student of the University of Auckland shared her experience as international student in UoA. Her name is Lana and she comes from Russia. She said that New Zealand is a wonderful country, a lovely place to live, and the people are kind. When the question and answer session was opened, there were many questions asked both to Dr. John Hope and to Lana. The participants were so eager to know more about studying and living in New Zealand that made the discussion livelier.
After attending this seminar, some students said that they are interested to study in New Zealand. How about you? Do you have a dream to study and live oversea?