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The University of Canterbury in New Zealand is a large public university, with approximately 1,500 international students drawn from 80 different countries. In September 2010, the region was hit by a M7.1 earthquake, which closed the university for two weeks. In February 2011, there was a second major earthquake measuring M6.3, which devastated the city centre killing 181 people. The University of Canterbury was again closed, this time for a longer period and several of its buildings sustained serious damage. This presentation discusses the challenges of supporting international students at a time of crisis and outlines the steps the university took to rebuild its international enrolments, which fell sharply in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.
QS Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS-APPLE) 7th Annual Conference, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, November 2011