Students as new settlers: the policy implementation gap

Author: McCarthy, C.; Yoo, Y.

Date: 2010

Publisher: CPIT

Type: Conference item

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Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology


Given that New Zealand is experiencing a lack of skilled labour in Information Technology (IT), and that this lack is increasing in direct proportion to ongoing technological development, the government is looking to immigrants to meet this shortfall. The purpose of this paper is to explore the issues surrounding the New Zealand Government’s stated preference for meeting this shortfall in skilled labour by having highly qualified international students as new settlers/new immigrants. What actually happens to these international IT students once they are here in New Zealand and how does the New Zealand IT job market match their needs with the needs of these potential new settlers?

Citation: ["McCarthy, C. & Yoo, Y. (2010). Students as new settlers: the policy implementation gap. In S. Mann & M. Verhaart (Eds.). Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference of Computing and Information Technology Education and Research in New Zealand (pp. 151-159). Hamilton, New Zealand: CITRENZ."]