Philippines, New Zealand Signed New Memorandums, Includes Quality Education

In the recently concluded ASEAN Summit held in the Philippines, the Filipinos will have good news about the bilateral talks of New Zealand and the Philippines.

Both countries agreed to a memorandum of cooperation for quality education.

According from the latest news reports through, both the Philippines and New Zealand agreed to a memorandum of cooperation, wherein they want to provide quality education for the Filipino people.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte agreed to the memorandum on Tuesday afternoon at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Both leaders had bilateral talks and later on confirmed the agreement.

From the published information about the signed memorandum, it aims to deal with the “comparative analysis of bachelor degrees between the two nations,” which involved the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines and New Zealand Qualification Authority.

The signing of the agreement happened after the talks that involve David Strachan (New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines) and Patricia Licuanan (chairperson of CHED).

According to the statement of President Duterte, the memorandum is significant for the Filipinos to help them learned about education equality in New Zealand. He considered it as a good development for the country.

Based on the recorded data at present, there are over 50,000 Filipinos in New Zealand and about 4,000 are students there.

In line with this, the 37-year-old Prime Minister appreciated the time she spend in attending the ASEAN Summit and the Philippines.

“I see it as a real positive that my first personal visit outside New Zealand is to Southeast Asia. New Zealand has recognized the importance of this region for more than 40 years, but we have never been closer than we are today,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated during the signing of the agreements on November 14 as quoted by Rappler.

As for the data of the tourism department of the country, it recorded almost 29,800 tourists from New Zealand from 2016 until this year. In the other hand, almost 23,120 Filipinos went to New Zealand and this definitely showed great improvement for the past few years.

Besides the agreement to improve the quality of education and tourism, both nations likewise inked to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve their ties in airline transportation.


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Donald Trump Prioritizes American Students, Affects Indian Students

Because of the latest assurance of US President Donald Trump that it will control the releasing of work visas of foreign workers because they seriously affect the salaries of many Americans. On this, many aspiring foreign graduates are now beginning to think about the futures if they can still work in the United States or not.

One of the aspiring students who want to pursue his studies in America is Rahul Kolli.

According from the reported news by, Kolli is preparing to continue his Data Science Master’s degree in the US by studying at the Michigan Technological University. For him, he is excited to avail a student loan amount to $42,000 if given an opportunity. Unfortunately, the latest announcement of US President Trump to limit the work visas for foreign students will mean reducing the chances of aspiring students to pursue their careers in America.

Trump is focusing on giving more Americans the opportunity to improve their salaries.

Because of this Kolli is changing his mind to study in University of Dublin in Ireland because he can save almost 50% spending and can work after completing his degree. This is the same situation for Rohit Madhav who believes that this latest issue affects the Ethnicity of India in the United States.

The 27-yer-old Madhav likewise said that his parents are instructing him to consider other options such as in New Zealand or Canada.

This kind concern is beginning to bother other Indian students who desire to apply for student loans in various universities in America. The actually love the US because there are many companies that offer great opportunities after they graduate.

On the other hand, Trump’s latest assurance to reform the existing H-1B foreign worker visa program triggered doubts if those graduate students can still apply for jobs.