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February 24, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake: Ninety from English language school unaccounted for

The New Zealand Press Association reports:
Ninety students and staff from King's Education Ltd, housed in Christchurch's earthquake-ravaged Canterbury TV building, are either missing or unaccounted for.

Of those 58 were ``new Monday starters'', nine were staff -- King's Education managing director Brian Taylor among them -- 10 were from the Toyama Study Group from Japan, while 13 were ``other students'' according to the institution's website.

The school specialises in teaching English to international students.

See full article here.

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Notes on studying in New Zealand
New Zealand has beena popular study abroad destination as it considered to be a safe and low-cost English-speaking country with a 3-4 week stay being common.

According to the Ministry of Education192 high schools were participating in student exchange programs with New Zealand in 2008 , a total 2838 students. New Zealand is the 4th most popular partner for this kind of student exchange after Australia, the US and Canada. Around 1,000 Japanese students study at New Zealand universities each year.

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All hopes and wishes Christchurch's way. Events like this remind us how small and fragile we all are.

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