New Zealand Quality Assurance

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The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

NZQA is a government organisation which manages the quality of New Zealand qualifications, and also acts as the Administrator of the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice. A summary of the Code may be downloaded here.

EcoQuest is a Category One Provider

NZQA assesses the standard of education for tertiary education organisations through a regular system of external evaluation and review (EER). Through periodic EER, tertiary education organisations are held accountable to their students, employers, funders, quality assurance bodies and other interested parties. EcoQuest has been placed in Category One, the highest quality provider category. This means NZQA is highly confident in both the educational performance and the capability in self-assessment of EcoQuest. For details of the latest EER report see here.

Pastoral Care

All international students enrolled with a New Zealand education provider are covered by the New Zealand Government’s Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice. EcoQuest is a signatory to this code. To view this code, go to the

For further protection of your rights while studying in New Zealand, NZQA also provides a mechanism to manage student complaints about education providers - details.