The Taranaki International Education Strategy 2015-2018 could see the region attract and benefit significantly from growing the number of international students.

The New Zealand government has targeted international education as part of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda, and is working to double the size of the sector over the next decade.

Research has shown international education is New Zealand's fifth largest export industry, with a GDP contribution of $2.4 billion annually and 13,000 jobs directly and 14,500 jobs indirectly throughout New Zealand (Infometrics & NRB, 2013).

International education currently contributes around $9.2 million in GDP to Taranaki every year. But there is potential for this to grow to an estimated $19.6 million per annum.

This strategy outlines the collaborative approach for the Taranaki region. Venture Taranaki, the region’s economic development agency was approached in late 2013 by six Taranaki secondary schools and Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki for assistance in putting together a regional strategy for international education.