WELLINGTON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Overseas students in the New Zealand education system contributed 2.6 billion NZ dollars (2.15 billion U.S. dollars) to the country's economy in the last financial year, a 3-percent rise since 2008, according to government-commissioned report out Monday.
The international education earned 2.5 billion NZ dollars from the delivery of education within New Zealand and 104 million NZ dollars from delivery abroad, according to the report commissioned by Education New Zealand.
"This is a very pleasing result which shows the value of international education increased by around 100 million NZ dollars, or 3 percent, compared to 2008," Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said in a statement.
"This is despite a fall in international student enrolments in New Zealand over that period due to the impacts from the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes."
The two biggest earning sectors were universities at 901 million NZ dollars, followed by private training establishments at 583 million NZ dollars.
"International students are vital to New Zealand, both in terms of their economic contribution they make while they are studying in our country, and as ambassadors for New Zealand when they return home," Joyce said.
The government is aiming to double the value of international education to 5 billion NZ dollars by 2025.