Posts Byais, Author at Auckland Institute of Studies


February 21, 2018 |

If you’re an international student that’s recently arrived in New Zealand, it’s likely that you feel a little lost in this little country. Despite the small size, living in a city like Auckland is unparalleled to anywhere else.

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February 19, 2018 |


Hello everyone. My name is Barbara Salas and I’m from Chile. I am currently studying Bachelor of Information Technology at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS).

While at Hobbiton, Barb says, "I want to get a little bit of New Zealand in me"

Barbara Salas studies IT at AIS. Photo: Barbara Salas at the Hobbiton Movies Set, NZ

My diverse background in Chile: Before coming to New Zealand for further study, I studied Bachelor of Biochemistry at the University of Chile for five years. After graduation, I was further trained in the Police Department and worked as a Detective for seven years.

Rainbows End is a great place to get some New Zealand in Me

Now, I’m studying in the IT programme at AIS and I want to become a data scientist in the near future. My diverse background in education and work experience actually supported my further study and helped me to adapt quickly to the new environment.

Barb pops a squat with a bachelor of IT

My new life in NZ: I have found my professors and classmates at AIS to be very supportive. Why did I choose New Zealand? Because it is a wonderful country with nice people and similar weather to Chile. Together with my family, we have traveled to a variety of tourist attractions. To my family, New Zealand or “Aotearoa” is a perfect place to study and share with family and friends.

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From the Middle East to New Zealand: Studying and living in New Zealand (student blog)

February 18, 2018 |

Author: Habib Syed Ahsan

About me: My name is Habib Syed Ahsan. I am currently studying Bachelor of Information Technology Programme (BIT) at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), New Zealand. I have been here for one and a half years now and I am … Read More

Meet Joost Bakker – AIS intern from the Netherlands

February 16, 2018 |

Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) offers internship programmes for different young individuals in the world to come and work three months at the Institute. This year we welcome Joost Bakker from the Netherlands. We sat down to talk to him about the programme.


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February 16, 2018 |


The atmosphere at AIS Campus this morning!

Students from South Korea, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia and many more share the Lunar New Year celebration at AIS Campus.

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AIS host guest lecture: “Future internet: Information-Centric Networking for Internet of Things.”

February 15, 2018 |

The IT Programmes at AIS often host guest lecturers to talk about recent updates in the IT sector in New Zealand and around the world.

Today’s guest lecturer was Prof. Madya Dr. Kashif Nisar from Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The topic of the lecture was: “Future internet: Information-Centric Networking for Internet of Things.”

Dr. Kashif Nisar, MIEEE. Associate Professor & Vice-Chair IEEE Sabah Subsection, Malaysia. Visiting Lecturer at Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Kashif Nisar is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at University Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia. He holds a number of visiting professor positions in well-known universities such the McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and has done Post-Doctoral studies at Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Students of IT programmes attended the lecture

Students of IT Programme had opportunities to listen to new research and update in IT field.

Reflecting on the lecture, one of our AIS students said:

The lecture was very technical and at a high level; we found it very interesting and exciting. It gave a lot of food for thought about the future of internet, networking and internet of things.

IT Programmes with the focus of practical training approach have trained and connected hundreds of students with their dream jobs in the IT field upon graduation.

AIS Asquith Campus

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Meet Archana Kawatra – Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management – AIS Alumni 2018

February 14, 2018 |

Hi, my name is Archana Kawatra and I have just started my full-time job as Head of Sales and Marketing for Amora Hotel Auckland, New Zealand.

Archana Kawatra completed Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management (GDTM) at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS)

I completed the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management (GDTM) at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) successfully in December 2017 with GPA of 8.143. Together with previous international work experience in India and Dubai in different hotels, I was offered a full time position right after graduation.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to AIS and lecturers who have contributed to my journey to success today. My special gratitude goes to Dr. Semisi Taumoepeau, lecturer Dr. Jonathon Spring, Anna Addison and Dr. Nick Towner for a great programme. They all made the course seem to be very easy with so much fun and enthusiasm. I have learnt a lot of practical skill sets in Tourism to apply into the work place.

Archana Kawatra and Dr. Nick Towner at AIS Academic Excellence Scholarship Ceremony

I am also very happy to get a Scholarship for Academic Excellence for the third semester, and this I believe is indeed very motivating.

I have travelled across New Zealand during the last year and have explored Waiheke Island, Coromandel, Tauranga, Rotorua and the Hobbiton Movie Set – to name a few places.

Archana Kawatra at the Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand

It’s time for my full time job again, and I am looking forward to my business trip to Wellington next week.

Thanks for sharing with us your success story, Archana Kawatra!

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The State of The IT Sector in New Zealand

February 14, 2018 |

Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) spoke to Christie John, a Licensed New Zealand Immigration Advisor about the IT sector and its development in New Zealand.


What do you think about the IT sector in New Zealand?

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February 13, 2018 |


My name is Bhoomika Patel I am currently studying Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS).


New Zealand offers a lot of beautiful scenery for international students to explore

Shakespeare Regional Park, New Zealand

Nature lovers: Anyone who loves nature and scenic beauty cannot ignore New Zealand. I fell in love with New Zealand while I travelled around this beautiful country and enjoyed many breath-taking views of beaches, mountains, waterfalls and rainbows.


Surrounded by coastlines you are never too far from a beach in New Zealand

Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

Adventure: New Zealand is unique in its adventure. I have participated in many thrilling activities in New Zealand such as Kayaking, Luge Rides, Gondola, Zip line and Sky-Swing everywhere we go.

Rotorua is the North Island's adventure tourism capital

Rotorua Skyline, New Zealand

I am planning to explore more adventures in Queenstown which is the hub of beautiful scenery and full of thrilling games. I found New Zealand to be a real goddess of nature.

Exciting local culture: While living in New Zealand I also learnt many Maori words to enhance my knowledge about local culture. They have very different pronunciation and it is difficult for me but I have enjoyed learning it. I have read many blogs, histories and articles about New Zealand history and its festivals such as Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival, Waitangi Day and many cities’ establishment anniversaries and so on.

The culture of New Zealand is so amazing, I have enjoyed watching Haka performances many times already. I found New Zealand a paradise which soothes the soul and gives peace. For me, New Zealand is a blend of ‘Beauty’, ‘Nature’ and ‘Peace’.

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February 12, 2018 |


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