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Designed to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a safe and welcoming country to study within,  the NZ Government launched the International Student Wellbeing Strategy in June 2017.

 

The strategy’s vision is for all international students to feel welcome, safe and well, and to enjoy a high quality education where they are valued for their contribution to New Zealand.

 

Educational institutes throughout the country are given the opportunity to apply for this funding for initiatives to improve their students wellbeing.

 

Funding was allocated to 10 projects across New Zealand, and the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) was among the successful recipients.

 

The theme for the 2019 funding round was International Student Mental Health and/or Safety. Projects were selected by international education leaders representing students, communities, education providers and Government.

 

SIT secured $30,500 to create a series of videos for their international students  – “Stay Healthy, Stay Safe”, with the aim to help them gain an understanding of the New Zealand health system.

 

The videos, created by SIT, will ensure students understand the various health services available to them, and the appropriate choice of service, depending on the situation faced by them.

 

The videos intend to be presented in a user-friendly, easy to understand visual context and will be separated into three distinct areas of wellbeing; i.e. general, mental and sexual wellbeing and will be subtitled in Chinese, Korean, Russia, Vietnamese and Bahasa.

 

 

ENDS.

 

Inquiries:  Chami Abeysinghe, chami.abeysinghe@sit.ac.nz or phone 211 2699.

 

 

Further information:

 

The International Student Wellbeing Strategy 2020 funding round is set to open in May/June 2019.

 

Please email ISWS.Fundinground@education.govt.nz if you have specific questions on the International Student Wellbeing Strategy funding.

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