A Quick Interview with Business Student, Mohammad Jaffer from Saudi Arabia

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Mohammad Jaffer is a student from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is currently studying the Business Programme at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), New Zealand.

Julia Nguyen – AIS social media contributor conducted a short interview with Mohammad about the studying and living experience in New Zealand so far.

Studying in New Zealand, Mohammad has already explored some of Auckland's tourist attractions

Mohammad enjoys his studying and living experience in New Zealand

Q1. Tell me about yourself?

My name is Mohammad Jaffer. I grew up in Saudi Arabia, continued my higher education in Bahrain and then finally came to New Zealand. My specialisation is in Accounting – Finance. I have been working for four years in similar roles. I would like to upgrade my career so I chose to study further at AIS.

Q2. What is it like to live in Saudi Arabia?

Growing up in Saudi Arabia was quite amazing, it’s a very different and unique traditional culture.

It is the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian Peninsula is the largest peninsula in the world which includes countries such as Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (Dubai). It plays a critical role in the Middle East due to its vast reserves of oil and gas.

Meeting New Zealanders and spending time with them is a great way to discover NZ

Mohammad finds AIS an amazing place and feels welcome in New Zealand.

Q3. How’s your experience in New Zealand compared to Saudi Arabia or Bahrain?

I have found New Zealand and AIS to be the perfect place to enhance and improve my education and to live in. People out here are very cooperative, kind, helpful and generous, they make you feel  comfortable that you won’t miss your family too much.

Getting involved in charity and volunteer work is a great way for students to assimilate with NZ life

Mohammad joins charity, voluntary activities and actively engages with New Zealand lifestyle

New Zealand has a comfortable climate, beautiful beaches, great people from all over the world. There are amazing international events taking place throughout the year.

New Zealand is quite similar to Bahrain with a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-national society.

Q4. How has your experience been living in the AIS dormitory?

I would say it is the best place for a newcomer to live. You are always surrounded by people from everywhere in the dorm such as: Korea, China, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and so many more.

You get to learn so many new things from them and everyone communicates with you no matter how older or younger they are.

I highly appreciate the support and management from the AIS team and Dorm Manager, they have done a great job!

The dormitory is available in single and shared rooms

Auckland Institute of Studies provides Dormitory for international students right at the campus.

Q5. Any message for your family? 

Well, I am nothing without my parents’ hard work and support. My parents have provided my brothers and I with excellent quality of education all the time. They have compromised a lot in their lives in exchange of more international opportunities for both of us.

I have settled into New Zealand life very well. I really appreciate all the support from family, friends and also my relatives here in New Zealand.

Thank you Mohammad for a great interview!

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