India’s digital education start-up Stumagz – an online discovery platform aimed at connecting students, faculty and corporates around India – is door knocking the Land of Aotearoa as one of the first few targeted destinations in pursuit of its ambition to expand globally.

Stumagz is all set to participate in the New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) - the annual conference for NZ’s international education industry – scheduled for August 9 and 10, next week, at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington as a partner.

NZIEC is a premium conference on the global international education circuit, which brings together practitioners and leaders from NZ and around the world to explore strategies for growth in international education – a $5 billion industry for NZ.

Stumagz initially developed as the idea of bringing digital life to the idea of the traditional university newspaper or magazine across hundreds of colleges, subsequently evolving as a consolidated platform for students, faculty, staff, corporate and alumni.

Emanating from Hyderabad, the city touted as the next Silicon Valley of India for the robust presence of all Silicon Valley giants, Stumagz had made impressive progress in a short time, gaining attention of renowned serial entrepreneur and the founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson.

Mr Branson had tweeted earlier this year acknowledging Stumagz’s success in consolidating the large segment of massive student population of India – a potential market and influencer for a lot of products, including international education.

“Congratulations @stumagz, inspired by Student Magazine to connect young people online, now made it onto @ForbesAsia 30 Under 30 list. Best of luck to all the team,” the tweet from Mr Branson said.

Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Sravan Reddy, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Stumagz’s New Zealand operation – Digital student Limited – shared his excitement of the possibility of bringing the concept to NZ.

“We are Young entrepreneurs who have made a difference into the way Digital Campus is defined.

“This unique integrated platform was developed in India and currently it spans across India with over 300 Universities/Tertiary Colleges.

“The product is unique in terms of introducing Digital Campus Ecosystem to the New Zealand education industry, and this will attribute towards efficiently engaging prospects, students, faculty, staff, corporate and alumni,” Mr Reddy said.

Explaining further the concept behind Stumagz, Mr Reddy said, “We will be pitching this product as another enabler for educational institutions. However, end users would be students.

“Stumagz had designed a complete integrated platform which provides a digital campus for students and school/university’s management.

“With a diverse range of solutions, schools can create a complete Intranet experience for the campus community – whether to accelerate recruitment, improve retention, engage alumni, simplify faculty management, or to achieve other management objectives,” Mr Reddy added.

Stumagz’s NZ operations team is hopeful that NZIEC will give their concept a decent exposure amongst the key industry players in New Zealand’s international education market.

“This platform can be efficiently used by the school’s management to deliver on their study options, course eligibility criteria and immigration guidelines,” Mr Reddy said.