New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) recently celebrated the inaugural graduation of 142 students who have completed a New Zealand Qualification Authority approved Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching as part of the Sino-New Zealand Cooperation Program. NZTC continues to lead the way in early childhood education learning in China.
The program, which commenced in 2013, is a collaboration between NZTC, Fujian Preschool Education College and the education agency China Liberal Technology Development Company Limited to support early childhood teacher education in China.
A strong educational relationship has developed between NZTC and China, further strengthened by the addition of NZTC to the Chinese Ministry of Education’s Study Abroad List in December last year.
The program was supported by Education New Zealand (ENZ). Alexandra Grace, ENZ government representative in China says, “Relationships between countries are shaped by leaders, but developed by people. As the first cohort of graduates you are now dual ambassadors both for China and New Zealand. You hold in your hands, and in your hearts, and in your minds an understanding of both our countries which is necessary to take the New Zealand – China relationship to greater heights still."
NZTC Chief Executive, Selena Fox, was at the inaugural graduation in Fuzhou to award the graduates with their NZTC certificates and to further honour two outstanding graduates with an Academic Excellence award and an NZTC Values award.
“This inaugural event is a symbol of the successful cooperation that crosses oceans, languages and cultures between New Zealand and China as we come together because of our shared commitment to the education of teachers and the children of China," says Fox.
Further educational opportunities are available for the graduates as they consider completing an NZTC Bachelor of Education (ECE) in China or New Zealand, or a teaching qualification in New Zealand.
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