The New Zealand education system consistently performs well against international benchmarks including Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRL). New Zealand’s education is modern and responsive, combining proven, traditional principles with innovation, creativity and fresh thinking.

All New Zealand universities are ranked among the world's top 3 percent by QS World University Rankings.

Education also supports New Zealand’s strong outcomes in economic development. The country has a well-educated population, with around 55 percent of those aged between 25 and 34 holding a trade or professional qualification. New Zealand is also a global innovator in the development and implementation of a national qualifications framework.
New Zealand’s primary and secondary education sectors recognise the importance of kaupapa Māori. The history and traditions of Māori (New Zealand’s indigenous people) inform a range of learning opportunities and teaching styles.

New Zealand education providers work around the world and their qualifications and expertise are recognised globally. Our government agencies and education providers work with international partners on system improvement, common recognition, skills and capability development, and teacher quality. Recent areas of strategic advice include outdoor education programmes, teacher licensing and career education systems, development of examinations and implementation of qualifications frameworks.

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