AIS is a leading private tertiary educational institution and a pioneer in international education in New Zealand. It was established in 1990 and has developed an MBA and programmes in International Business, Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, and Information Technology, as well as an English Language Centre. AIS attracts students from all around the world.
The growing popularity of New Zealand as a destination for international education has meant that there is intensified interest in understanding the problems and opportunities of international education.
The Centre aims to promote a forum for a greater understanding of international education and its importance to New Zealand and the rest of the world. It promotes and conducts research into the social, economic and pedagogical consequences of the internationalisation of education, and implications for development. This research field includes such areas as:
- the difficulties faced by students studying abroad
- the learning styles of different nationalities, cultures and native languages
- the appropriateness of teaching materials
- ways of improving the delivery of English language programmes
- the implications of advances in technology
- the consequences of the export of education for economics, tourism, employment, etc
- problems and opportunities faced by host nations and educational institutions