Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland International Campus felt like home for Malde Keshvala, who came all the way from India to study the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology here.
“I never felt like I was in an overseas country and away from home, as staff within OPAIC are very welcoming and help each student to get the best outcome,” he says.
Malde completed a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and worked in the software development and cloud computing sector in India, prior to coming to New Zealand.
He selected OPAIC because he was looking for an institute with a good reputation and great recognition in New Zealand education, and a place where he could utilise all his previous study and work experience.
The programme content was also very important for him as he wanted to learn about advanced subjects and enhance his knowledge in fourth-generation IT subjects such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology ticked all the boxes and he also liked that it focused on practical assignments and activities.
Malde has loved his time at OPAIC.
“It's been a great journey which has allowed me to learn about advanced subjects and technology areas, which will add immense value to my career moving forward.”
He’s been able to push the boundaries in some subjects for great outcomes.
“IoT subject is a great example of it where we built a solution using a combination of different technology stacks such as IoT Devices, Cloud Computing, Networking, Programming, and electric sensors.”
All staff have been very supportive from day one and helped him through his programme, says Malde.
“Teaching methods are world-class and the weekly assessments and projects allowed me to use my knowledge and build projects throughout my study.”
He also liked that students came from different backgrounds and various countries, giving him the chance to learn about different cultures.
Malde had the opportunity to work with an investment firm called Trove for his internship.
“The organisation has great initiatives in the financial services sector.”
He says the best part of the internship was the people. They represented everything he had read about the true kiwi culture before coming to New Zealand.
“The team is very supportive and helped me a lot throughout my time at Trove. I can see plenty of improvements in the last three months in my technical and soft-skills and all credit goes to the Trove team.”
“I had a great opportunity to work with great leaders, technical experts, business leaders, and a truly advanced technology stack using various aspects of Cloud computing.”
After completing his internship, Trove offered him a permanent role. Malde is now a Junior Developer at the company.