When it comes to education, only a few have the courage to tread their own path. Those who do, discover specialized fields of study that may be less established in many parts of the world but boast rewarding job prospects especially in developed countries.
An increasing number of international students seeking to take up these niche disciplines are going to one of the most unique and exciting places on the planet – New Zealand. Filipino students have gone in droves, as over 3,500 are studying, according to a report in 2016.
New Zealand offers students at all levels quality education in a wide variety of fields – humanities, business, sciences, technology, and hospitality. Some unusual yet professionally promising majors include:
As more of the world connects in cyber space, cyber security is an industry that must adapt quickly. Cybercrime is a growing issue worldwide, yet demand for cyber security experts is outpacing supply. To meet this demand, New Zealand offers cyber security programs that empower security experts to produce, assess, and advise on security issues and help meet the New Zealand Government’s Cyber Security strategy.
The University of Waikato is home to the Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato (CROW) – New Zealand’s first dedicated university cyber security research lab. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from award-winning cyber security experts. The university’s academics also have strong international connections with the industry and the government such as the National Cyber Policy Office and INTERPOL.
Other main universities in New Zealand, as well as the Unitec Institute of Technology, also offer cybersecurity programs.
Adventure Tourism and Hospitality
New Zealand is widely regarded as the adventure capital of the world, and this makes hospitality a big industry. The retail, accommodation and food services industry is by far the biggest employer in New Zealand.
Queenstown Resort College (QRC) is one of New Zealand’s premier Tourism and Hospitality Management Tertiary Education providers. Other universities offer programmes that establish comprehensive knowledge, skills and standards of professional practice relevant to hospitality operations that support and enhance customer confidence and service delivery. These programmes also help in developing and expanding students’ communication and customer service skills while building on existing knowledge of sustainable tourism for New Zealand.
Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
Filipinos can develop their expertise in New Zealand’s Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine especially since the Philippines needs support to help these sectors grow. These courses can help Filipinos learn management of resources cultivated and produced back home to put greater value on local products and boost these sectors.
New Zealand universities receive considerable levels of government and industry funding and assistance toward their research and teaching in these fields. They have built up a wealth of knowledge, expertise and research capability in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and viticulture, and deservedly strong reputations in associated industries such as veterinary science.
These programs are offered in several universities, such as Massey University in Palmerston North. Additionally, New Zealand is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and/or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
The education system in New Zealand encourages creativity and innovation, and what better way to express this through fashion design. Institutions in New Zealand offering fashion design provide a creative learning environment which promotes originality and an awareness of both the local and global fashion markets.
In addition to the many fashion institutes, which offer this course, including the Design and Arts College of New Zealand and the NZ Academy of Fashion Design, universities, like Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Massey University also provide undergraduates with the opportunity to explore their creativity through fashion and design. These universities are known to have produced designers like Sean Kelly, the winner of Project Runway New York, 2014.
Food Science and Technology
The food and beverage sector is a key component of New Zealand’s trade with the rest of the world. Major universities in the country are respected globally for their agri-food research. With its strong focus on dairy and meat products and its specialist unit for post-harvest technology, Massey University is known as a world leader in food technology. Its FoodPilot Plant, which hosts the largest collection of pilot-scale food processing equipment in the Southern hemisphere, is a member of the NZ Food Innovation Network.
Other key New Zealand universities offering courses in food science and technology include AUT, the University of Otago and the University of Auckland.
For more course offerings, check out https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz.
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