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Tan Sri Halim Saad’s studies at Victoria University in New Zealand changed his life, starting him on a path to becoming one of Malaysia’s most influential business leaders.
“If you were to choose a place to study, I would say that New Zealand would offer you a good education. It’s not very expensive, the lifestyle is very good, the people are friendly, you can enjoy the place.”Tan Sri Halim Saad | Business leader
Within three years of studying physiotherapy at AUT in New Zealand, Ritika Bhargava opened a chain of physiotherapy clinics. Ritika, from India, went on to win a Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
“Once you’ve completed your graduation, you’re ready to work. Your degree is recognised all over the world, which is a great advantage to have.”Ritika Bhargava | Physiotherapist
Chonlada Damrongkitkanwong (Jane), from Thailand, found her experience of studying in New Zealand so valuable that she wanted her little sister to share the same experience.
Thamowan Temsawat (Bam), 14, had been offered a scholarship at a school in London, but Jane convinced their parents to instead send Bam to live with her host family and attend her school, Southland Girls’ High School in Invercargill.
I recommended New Zealand to Bam because it is safe and because I knew she would do well here.
The relaxed pace of life in Invercargill gave Jane time to develop new interests, including snowboarding and baking. Host mother Carolyn Davies says she came to regard Jane as her “Thai daughter”.
After three years in Invercargill, Jane studied at Victoria University in Wellington before completing a Master of International Business in Boston, Shanghai and London.
At 24, Jane was accepted into a management trainee programme at Unilever in Bangkok. She was younger than many other applicants, and attributes the English language skills and maturity she gained in New Zealand for helping her to win a place on the prestigious programme.
Two years on, Jane left Unilever to launch her own import/export business in Phuket.
Studying in New Zealand taught me to think differently - to think outside the box. You get to explore your own ideas and be creative with your thinking.
Wu Hongbo, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, says his experience of studying in New Zealand has been instrumental to his career.
My wonderful time in New Zealand is very important in my professional career. Without the two years of advanced training and extensive experience in this beautiful country, I could not have been where I am today.
Wu Hongbo has previously served as China’s Ambassador to the Philippines.
He says Chinese students of the time were taught and guided every step of the way, while students in New Zealand “had more freedom to decide when and how to study”.
Wu Hongbo carried out his postgraduate study at Victoria University’s English Language Institute in Wellington. He says his time in New Zealand not only improved his English language abilities but also broadened his vision, knowledge and capability.
“I would like to say to those who wish to choose New Zealand that New Zealand is a wonderful country to pursue your academic study. Just to meet the friendly people in a beautiful country is already an unforgettable lifelong experience.
“Go to New Zealand – you will never regret your choice!”
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