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Education New Zealand contest finds a winner

Released at: 19:05, 24/12/2018

Education New Zealand contest finds a winner

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Do Phuong Thanh to experience an education journey in New Zealand.

by Hung Cao

Over 40,000 people were reached through the latest global digital campaigns of Education New Zealand (ENZ) - Future Proof 2.0, and MyFutureNZ - an online competition designed exclusively for Vietnamese students. Do Phuong Thanh was named the first prize winner of MyFutureNZ at the final round, live-cast from VTV studios on December 22. 

She will receive a seven-day trip to visit her dream university - Otago University in New Zealand - and meet the world’s leading teachers and experience a future-focused learning style.

To be shortlisted for the final round, My FutureNZ contestants were required to use ENZ’s My StudyNZ tool to find the university that best matched their dream for undergraduate or postgraduate studies in New Zealand. They were then required to shoot a video outlining their study plans.

Among a total of 50 video entries, the five contestants with the highest combined public votes and judge’s scores were then selected to join the final round. ENZ partnered with VTV7 to live-cast the final round on the official Facebook fan pages of the New Zealand Embassy, VTV7, and IELTS Face-off, attracting more than 27,000 views.

The final round required all five contestants deliver a three-minute presentation in English about their study plans. Through a series of challenging questions, the judges also evaluated the contestants based on their knowledge about New Zealand education, their presentation, and their problem solving and leadership skills. 

“Following the recent launch of our international education strategy, New Zealand education providers are continuing to offer the very best experience possible for our international students,” said Mr. Ben Burrowes, Regional Manager, SEA, at ENZ. “Through this contest, we hope to cultivate an even greater understanding among Vietnamese students about our country and our world-leading education system. New Zealand is ready to future proof our students and we look forward to welcoming many more Vietnamese students in the future.”  

“Through my research for the competition, I recognize that New Zealand is not only well-known as one of the best places to live in the world but is also a world leader in preparing students for the future and its teachers are among the best in the world,” said Phuong Thanh.

The My FutureNZ competition was part of ENZ’s ongoing efforts to boost the number of Vietnamese students in New Zealand, which has witnessed a strong increase in recent years, and to promote the unique living environment and culture of New Zealand to Vietnamese people. 

H.E Wendy Matthews, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, said: “Education remains one of the core pillars of the New Zealand-Vietnam partnership. Currently there are 2,500 Vietnamese students who are getting a world class education in New Zealand. I’m pleased that the competition attracted a lot of impressive young Vietnamese talent. I wish the winner Phuong Thanh all the best and I am sure she will enjoy my country as much as I enjoy living here in Vietnam.”

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