Bright Future Education Consultant mendapatkan undangan dari International Education Manawatu-Palmerston North untuk berkunjung ke beberapa sekolah menengah pertama, atas dan perguruan tinggi di Palmerston North,  salah satu kota di New Zealand dari tanggal 9 Juni hingga 13 Juni 2014.

Dalam kesempatan ini, Bright Future Education Consultant diwakili oleh Sdr. Falaah untuk memenuhi undangan tersebut.

Banyak hal yang dipetik dari hasil kunjungan tersebut, diantaranya mengenal lebih dekat kota Palmerston North dan sekolah juga kampus perguruan tinggi di sekitar Palmerston North beserta fasilitas yang sangat menunjang bidang akademik maupun minat dan bakat tiap siswanya.

Kota Palmerston North adalah salah satu kota berskala kecil – sedang dengan populasi 80,000 jiwa dan dikenal dengan city of knowledge/education karena banyak menghasilkan lulusan PhD.

Biaya hidup di Palmerston North relatif jauh lebih murah dibandingkan kota besar seperti Auckland. Khusunya untuk biaya akomodasi

Berikut catatan perjalanan Bright Future Education Consultant saat berkunjung ke Palmerston North

Day One (Monday June 9, 2014

Presentations from International Education Manawatu (IEM), by Lesley McDonald
Presentations from Education New Zealand, by Kaye Le Gros
Presentations from Immigration New Zealand, by Marian Frink and Katy Aldcroft

Day Two – school visits (Tuesday June 10, 2014)

Palmerston North Boys’ High School, 263 Featherston Street,
welcomed by David Bovey (Rector) and hosted by Lance Retemeyer (International Student Manager)
 
Awatapu College, 434 Botanical Road,
welcomed and hosted by Mary Cherian Mathews (Dean of International Students)
 
Freyberg High School, Freyberg Street,
welcomed by Craig Steed (Deputy Principal) and hosted by Peter Thompson (Business Manager) and Wendy Jochem (Associate Principal)
 

Day Three – school visits (Wednesday 11 June, 2014)

UCOL – Whanganui Campus
welcomed by Tim Snape (Associate Dean) and hosted by Dr Catherine Snell-Siddle and Dr Sarah Snell (Senior Lecturers)
 
NgaTawa Diocesan School, PB 1101, Marton 4741
welcomed and hosted by Lesley Carter (Deputy Principal Pastoral & Director of International) and Fiona Graham (International Student Homestay & Travel Co-ordinator)
 

Day Four – school visits (Thursday June 12, 2014)

English Teaching College (ETC), 14 Broadway Ave,
welcomed and hosted by John Brunsden (Director)
 
UCOL – Palmerston North campus, Corner of King & Princess Streets
hosted by Cameron Lock (International Student Support Coordinator)
 
Massey University – Palmerston campus
welcomed and hosted by Lesley McDonald (National Team Leader, Accommodation & Welfare), Diana Kessler (Manager International Admissions), Linda Oostenrijk (International Marketing Co-ordinator)
 

Day Five (Friday June 13, 2014)

International Pacific College (IPC), 57 Aokautere Drive, 
welcomed by Professor Wayne L. Edwards (President) and hosted by Yaseer Shafiq (Recruitment Officer)
 
Palmerston North Girl’s High School, 238 Fitzherbert Ave, 
welcomed by Melba Scott (Principal) and hosted by Gabrielle Nguyen (Director of International Education)