If you stinkin’ Asians could just give us the money but somehow stay away?

It seems they aren’t allowed to buy our farms, and we want their money to educate them, but would prefer it if they weren’t actually here… somehow…

We even have a name for it: Tertiary Asianisation.

Sounds like a medical condition?  You bet!  Tertiary Asianisation is apparently a “growing cancer“.

In a scathing column for the Waikato Times, Max Christoffersen, a former business studies and communications teacher at Wintec, has blasted the “corporatisation and commercialisation” of the domestic student experience.

But Tertiary Education Minister, Steven Joyce, has hit back, saying Christoffersen is misinformed, wrong and “acting like he’s out of the Ark”.

“He’s completely missing the point . . . He’s auditioning to go three steps beyond Winston Peters. He’s off the beam.”

Of the Waikato University’s 12,521 students in 2012, 15 per cent or 1940 students had international citizenship. At Wintec, of 19,208 students 1198 were international students.

Collectively, they brought $152 million to the Waikato region’s economy last year, according to a recent report from Infometrics and Education New Zealand.

Joyce said international students were an integral part of the education system.

“What it’s really about is building strong linkages with countries we want to have good strong relationships with.”

I think Max should be joining the National Front.  He would be a good fit.  But he can’t see beyond his own fears, as the reality is that we’ve been milking the overseas students by leeching their valuable foreign cash.  

Waikato Political Science and Law student, Sara Lemme, 22, said international students were anything but a burden on domestic students. The money they contributed to universities ensured domestic students got resources they might not otherwise have.

“Look at this library. I highly doubt this was funded by domestic students,” she said.

A 23-year-old Masters student, Eli Muller, said international students, especially Asian students, often had a better work ethic which was often passed on to domestic students.

Christoffersen’s comments have also drawn criticisms from Chair of Universities New Zealand and University of Waikato Vice Chancellor Professor Roy Craw-ford.

Prof Crawford said Christoffersens claim that tertiary internationalisation was really tertiary commercial ‘Asianisation’ was not correct.

“It certainly doesn’t reflect our situation, we’ve got students from 68 countries. There’s students from all over the world,” he said.

And that’s it, really.  Once again the “Asians” are being singled out.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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