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Emma Uyen

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management



Studying at Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland International Campus gives students the chance to immerse themselves in different cultures and learn new things, according to Vietnamese student Emma Uyen.

Emma says she came to OPAIC to get more experience in an international environment and improve her management skills.

She had previously graduated from her university in Vietnam with a bachelor’s degree in business law.

She joined the OPAIC family this January and says she is really enjoying her Graduate Diploma in Applied Management course.

So far she has been learning about project management, which she loves, applied management, resource methodology and strategy management. She will do an internship later in the year.

Emma says her teachers are all knowledgeable and friendly.

“If I have any questions about my assessment I just need to go to them or send them an email.”

She says she’s made a lot of friends here and always looks forward to going to classes and seeing them.

“By studying here I have the chance to meet so many people from other countries, immerse myself in different cultures.”

Emma had originally planned to return to Vietnam after her study but she’s enjoying life in New Zealand so much she’d like to stay.

She currently works at Magic Memories at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium as a photographer’s assistant, a job OPAIC helped her line up.

She’d like to work for an international company after she graduates, perhaps in the fashion field. Eventually she hopes to have her own fashion brand.

Emma says she loves the nature here in New Zealand. She also enjoys travelling around the country. She’s been to Rotorua, Paihia and the Bay of Islands so far. She’s looking forward to going to the South Island this winter and seeing snow for the first time.

She’d advise anyone back home to come here and get experience studying in an international environment.

Studying in a new country offers the chance to open your mind, learn something new, and work out what you enjoy in life, she says.