30 May 2018
Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland International Campus is welcoming 178 new students this week.
The new arrivals are coming from far and wide. Their home countries include India, Iran, China, Vietnam, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka and Egypt.
The students are getting acquainted with AIC at a three day Orientation event beginning today.
Today’s Orientation activities are happening off campus at the New Zealand Maritime Museum.
This morning AIC chief executive Gagan Sachdeva welcomed the group on behalf of the entire AIC team.
“Today marks the day of new opportunities for academic and personal growth,” he said.
He shared tips for their new life in New Zealand, advising them to embrace change.
“Look forward to what this new life is going to bring to you.”
Mr Sachdeva told the students to stay positive and remind themselves every day that they were in one of the most desirable and beautiful places on Earth.
He encouraged them to immerse themselves in the Kiwi culture and be open to mixing with other cultures. Orientation was a wonderful opportunity for them to connect, he said.
Today’s events include guest presentations by the New Zealand Police, Southern Cross Travel Insurance and the Employability Centre.
Tomorrow students will be at AIC’s Queen Street campus. They will be introduced to their programmes and lecturers and confirm their study pathways.
On the final day of orientation our new students will spend their morning in workshops about the New Zealand job market and employability. In the afternoon they will have the opportunity to visit the Sky Tower.