New partnership will lead to an increased Massey presence in Singapore

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Students from around the world will soon be able to study more programmes from Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University in Singapore, following a new joint venture between Massey Global Ltd and an educational investor with facilities in Singapore.

Singapore's Gardens by the Bay.

Massey has been teaching in Singapore since 2008 and has an excellent reputation there.

The size and scale of the joint venture is a first of its kind for a university in Aotearoa New Zealand. Up until now New Zealand universities, including Massey, have had offshore teaching partnerships involving only a limited number of programmes with most only offering single programmes offshore through an institutional partnership.

Massey is already New Zealand’s leading provider in transnational education and expanding the university’s global footprint in Singapore aligns with the ambitious target of having 5,000 students based offshore by 2026.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says the joint venture presents an exciting opportunity to take what is unique to Massey and Aotearoa New Zealand and deliver it to students in Singapore.

“Sharing our expertise and creating new and diverse revenue streams is a priority for Massey and growing our transnational offerings is a strategic growth opportunity. Singapore is an important established market, which makes it a logical base for expansion into the Southeast Asian market, and beyond.”

The selection of academic programmes to be offered will draw upon what is unique to Massey, but also be driven by market research to avoid duplicating what is already available to students in Singapore.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Students and Global Engagement Dr Tere McGonagle-Daly, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue ki Maketu, says this is a significant step towards growing Massey’s global offerings, and to offer New Zealand students the opportunity to study in Singapore for all or part of their degree.

“New Zealand and the rest of world are still feeling the ongoing effects of COVID-19, in particular the impact the pandemic has had on international travel and education.

“We are seeing a growing trend among international students who are more focused on the curriculum, expertise offered, and opportunities associated with international education, rather than an overseas experience of living and studying abroad – this differs from the students who would normally travel for their international education. More students are opting to study near their home at a time when demand for education is outstripping supply. Massey has been teaching ‘on the ground’ in Singapore since 2008, and has an excellent reputation in Singapore, so this adds to our competitive advantage.

“As the Vice-Chancellor has mentioned, the joint venture will help increase funding that will benefit New Zealand and Singapore. Our plan will be to invest funds held by Massey Global Ltd in Singapore, ensuring there is no impact on funds held in New Zealand,” Dr McGonagle-Daly says.

It is expected the first intake of students will begin studying in 2024.

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