Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce is heading to China for the third time this year and is also visiting Korea.
He leaves on Sunday today to attend the OECD science ministers meeting in Daejeon, hosted by the Korean government, where he will chair one of the sessions.
He will hold bilateral meetings with ministers and senior officials from Korea, Norway, Australia, the United States.
He will travel on to China where he'll lead a delegation of 24 education providers in Beijing. New Zealand is the country of honour at China's Education Expo fair.
He will meet with senior Chinese leaders and participate in bilateral education forums.
International education contributed $2.85 billion to the New Zealand economy last year, supporting 30,230 jobs across the country, and there's significant potential for further growth, Mr Joyce said.
He will return to New Zealand on October 25.