Global cultures come together to start their ECE studies in NZ

Global cultures come together to start their ECE studies in NZ

Students are welcomed to the college during a pōhiri

Students from New Zealand, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Philippines took the first steps in their early childhood education studies with New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) during orientation week in April.

“NZTC is a college that appreciates and celebrates different cultures, languages, beliefs and understandings. How special that we are truly able to support student diversity with team diversity. One of our NZTC goals is to ensure everyone feels at home with us,” said Chief Executive Selena Fox.

Throughout the week students attended informative sessions to prepare for their studies and life in New Zealand. To give them a warm welcome to the college and the country, students attended a pōhiri (traditional Māori welcome ceremony) and got to know their new cities on exploratory field trips.

For many students the most exciting part of orientation is starting a new adventure, with students sharing their excitement about commencing their early childhood education studies with the college in New Zealand.

“I am excited about studying with NZTC because the delivery mode is flexible, with an emphasis on practical experience and the opportunity to work in a variety of early childhood settings with experienced early childhood teachers,” said Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) student Filimaina Varea from Fiji.

For Filipino student Christine Escandor, who is studying a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), learning more about New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki and practices are a highlight, as well as starting her journey as an early childhood teacher.  

Divyansh, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) student from India, shared: “I was attracted to NZTC because they are well-reputed and their qualifications are internationally recognised. I can’t wait to experience online study and am looking forward to exploring the country!”