Auckland Institute of Studies Celebrates Success At 2017 Graduation Ceremony

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Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) celebrated the academic achievements of students at its annual graduation ceremony on Monday, and urged them to continue developing their emotional and spiritual intelligence as well as their IQ.

Graduate Diploma in Business students celebrate graduation 2017 at AIS

Business lecturer, Saida Parvin poses with her students. Photo:Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images

Speaking at the 2017 graduation ceremony at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, AIS Chief Executive John Wood said a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual quotients are equally as important when developing a career.

The ability to persevere, exercise self-control, have compassion, appreciate diversity, and see the bigger picture were all important qualities that successful people must have, he said.

If you’re planning to be a successful leader, you need to improve your EQ and SQ from now on,” he said.

Diplomas, Graduate Diplomas, Bachelor Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters Degrees were awarded on Monday. Around 280 graduates attended in person, while hundreds of others were capped in absentia.

MBA and PGDBA graduates celebrate their success

Prof. Nevan Wright of the Business Administration Programme stops for a photo with graduates. Photo:Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images

The annual ceremony is the highlight of AIS’s academic year and recognises all students who have successfully completed their studies in the previous 12 months.

To graduate from AIS is not as easy as other private tertiary institutes in New Zealand,” Mr Wood explained.

We are a Category 1 provider and we keep our academic and quality standards as high as public universities. So dear graduates, you should be proud of yourselves.

AIS qualifications were awarded across a range of programmes including Business, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, Tourism Management and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

AIS was established in 1990 and over 27,000 students have now passed through its doors and over 5600 degree-level qualifications have been awarded.

The ceremony’s keynote speech was delivered by Colonel Kanwaljit Singh Gujral, the owner of Indo Horizon who has been involved in international education for many years. Colonel Gujral has represented AIS in India for over 15 years and was instrumental in establishing the first offshore delivery site for AIS in the Indian subcontinent.

Col. K. S. Gujral was the keynote speaker at AIS Graduation 2017

Dr Julia Hennessy – President, John Wood – CEO and Col. K. S. Gujral (Indo Horizon)

He also congratulated graduates on their achievements, noting that education is the key to maximising individual well-being, reducing poverty and increasing economic growth.

Colonel Gujral’s advice to the room of “future leaders” was to know your roots, stay focussed, leave the world a better place, and foster the right attitude so you can recognise opportunities that are often right in front of you.

“This gathering for the graduation day ceremony today fortifies my belief that if we wish to achieve extraordinary results we need to make extraordinary efforts!

A true champion does not waste too much time on what he has already achieved but deliberates on feats that are meant to be achieved in future.

He encouraged graduates to celebrate their special milestone with AIS, their families and each other before shifting their focus to their careers ahead. “For you are the youth, you are the future, what you do today will decide our tomorrow.”

The ceremony concluded with a valedictory address by MBA (International Business) graduate Jia Wei Wang, followed by Kennedy Chitsamatanga from the MBA February 2012 programme who spoke on behalf of AIS alumni.

Kennedy Chitsamatanga graduated AIS in 2012 and has since gone on to write his own book

Kennedy Chitsamatanga, MBA class of 2012 gives his alumnus address




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