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Customised education

University of Auckland designed education and training programmes for international groups of international which meet specific objectives for governments, institutions or companies. 

Programmes can be designed for flexible offshore delivery

  • undergraduate and post graduate degree level
  • custom-designed for professional development 
  • English language focus

Custom-designed programmes by country

Mexico - Postgraduate study for English language teachers in Mexico
Pakistan - An innovative collaboration with Pakistan to open new PhD pathways
Malaysia - A two-country degree model for a training course for English language teachers. This was undertaken to support the Malaysian government's need to meet demand for effective, quality English teachers and teaching.   
Customisation can be in the delivery, the content or additional services provided.

Malaysian two-country degree model to train teachers of English 

National strategic goal

The Malaysian government needed to meet the demand for effective, quality English teachers and teaching.   

Customised education

The Ministry of Education Malaysia contracted The University of Auckland and other selected universities as part of an international project to prepare quality English teachers for Malaysian primary and secondary schools. The Bachelor of Education Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages was specially designed for this purpose  (BEdTESOL).   

This degree is taught in two countries by two different institutions and supervised and moderated by the University of Auckland and other participating universities. The BEdTESOL content was purposefully designed for the Malaysian contract through the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts with particular input from the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics (DALSL).  Within each year of the the degree programme there is a professional practice component. This is taught in both Auckland and Malaysia and includes school experience, teaching practice and tutorials.  

The programme has dedicated learning support and pastoral care which includes academic learning approaches for achievement, regular tutorials covering professional development  and weekly student meetings for pastoral care matters. Staff development is included with training of Malaysian education lecturers.


Thanks to this programme there are highly-trained English language teachers with international exposure who use and adapt their learning to the local context.  “Our lecturers always told us to observe how things are done in New Zealand and then see what is best for our country. They remind us to adapt the methods we’ve learnt to suit our local classes,” says Cheryl Ng, a University of Auckland graduate who received one of five excellence awards.