Alimahmad Hudda came to OPAIC to gain some international experience and pursue his interest in business.
He previously studied Information Technology in his hometown of Surendranagar in Gujarat, India.
“After completing my studies, I joined my family business where I gained some practical knowledge,” says Ali.
“Then I got interested in business so, to gain some international knowledge and experience, I decided to study abroad.”
He chose Otago Polytechnic because it’s one of the top institutes in New Zealand and he could take an English language program as a pathway into a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management.
“The best part of studying at Otago is the learning is fun and there are supportive tutors and a friendly environment,” says Ali.
Ali faced many challenges early on in his studies – assignments could be tough, and it was hard juggling study with his part-time job and his personal life.
However, he persevered, worked extremely hard, and ultimately received the New Zealand Certificate in English Language Excellent Scholar award for his top grades.
He urged any other students who were struggling with their study not to give up, as hard work always paid off and the best was yet to come.
Head of Department for English, Paul Dixon, says Ali came very close to withdrawing from NZCEL (Level 4) and returning to India.
Instead, he took a break, and returned with renewed purpose and determination. He worked closely both with our programme staff and the Learning Support team on Level 8, listened to their feedback, and passed all of his remaining assessments.
“We’re very fortunate to have real depth of English language teaching expertise both within the English department, and the Learning Support Team on Level 8,” says Paul.
This means there is always a member of staff available to provide learners with personalised feedback and guidance on how to study effectively independently outside the classroom.
“Ali is a really good example of someone who benefited from this guidance, but who also had the drive and determination to put it into practice. His Excellent Scholar award was a reflection of this hard work.”
Ali loves his life here in New Zealand.
“The best thing in New Zealand is the natural beauty, as I love to explore nature.”
He also likes the friendly atmosphere and the professional working environment.