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Milking a tech advantage

New Zealand has positioned itself as a biotech and dairy technology hub.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 17:02 IST

The country’s USP  
A rich bio-industry base, a combination of traditional expertise in bio-research, the continuing success of agro-based export groups, and the development of centres for medical research are touted as New Zealand’s USP. Biotechnology is amongst the fastest growing sectors in the country.

Some of the research work carried out at the country’s universities includes the discovery of cytokine, the use of fermentation micro-organisms, post-harvest storage of flowers and fruits, wood processing, gene therapy, human foetal development and cancer drugs. Renowned research institutes deliver research in both agricultural biosciences and human health, at competitive costs.

With the introduction of the Kiwi Immigration Act, it has become easier for an overseas student to continue to work in New Zealand after completing his academic programme there.

At present, more than 1,00,000 international students are studying in New Zealand. While 75 per cent of them are from the Asia Pacific region, over 3,000 students are Indian.

Graeme Charles Waters, Ambassador of New Zealand

 "Why are more than 3,000 young Indians studying in New Zealand? One reason is that we offer affordable world-class Western education, with some special incentives to take advantage of the Kiwi lifestyle.

Indian students in New Zealand can work up to 20 hours a week. On graduation they usually qualify for a work visa that will enable them to get valuable work experience in New Zealand, which in turn, can lead to permanent residence.

Ph.D. students pay the same low fees as Kiwi residents, and their children can study for free.

New Zealand offers a lifestyle that brings with it great recreational opportunities.

Indian students will find themselves readily at home, in a safe environment, in communities that already have a resident Indian population -- and of course, good Indian restaurants!

New Zealand also has a reputation for practical, hands-on education that gives students the skills they need for the global workplace.

Kiwi graduates are valued worldwide by employers. If you would like to be one of them, check us out on our website"

Hot for what?

Its ace offering is Biotechnology. Biotech-related popular programmes include Dairy Technology, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry.

Top institutes
* University of Auckland (Biotechnology):
* Victoria University of Wellington (Biotechnology):
* University of Canterbury (Biotechnology):
* Massey University (Dairy Technology):
* Canterbury (Dairy Technology):

For those keen to earn a Kiwi qualification, admission help is at hand…Commencement of session: The academic sessions start in February and July each year.
When to apply: Start the application process at least six months before the onset of the session you want to enrol for.  

How to apply:
Completed application forms must be dispatched to the International Offices of respective universities. Aspirants can apply either directly to the International Office or through a network of approved local education advisors. For further information, e-mail

Deadlines: There are no specific deadlines. However, admission hopefuls should send their applications at least three months before admission.
Application processing time: Contenders in the fray for the July intake will know their results by April, while those in the queue for the February session should receive intimation by November.