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NZ to expect more Iranian students

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016 Sean Martin

More Iranian students are expected to come to New Zealand to get their PhDs after a new education agreement was reached between the two nations.

Trade Minister Todd McClay signed the education co-operation agreement during New Zealand's first trade mission to Iran in more than a decade.

New Zealand's universities have also been reclassified into the top tier of international rankings for Iranian students looking to study overseas.

"I expect this will lead to more PhD students choosing to study in New Zealand," Mr McClay said.

Currently 80 per cent of Iranian students in New Zealand are working towards a PhD qualification.

A delegation of 15 business representatives across industries travelled with Mr McClay on the trade mission, which he described as a chance to build new ties and celebrate the growing trade relationship.

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