Meet Mua Tuuau – new PGDIT student from Samoa

Mua Tuuau is originally from Samoa and currently enrolled in Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), New Zealand.

We caught up with him during the mini orientation at AIS for a short interview.

Mua's background in Information Technology was required to do the PGDIT at AISCan you introduce yourself?

My name is Mua Tuuau and I am originally from Samoa. I studied Bachelor of Computer Engineering and was lucky to work internationally in different countries before coming to New Zealand.

How did you learn about the new PGDIT programme at AIS?

I heard about the new PGDIT programme through AIS president Dr Julia Hennessy and Dr Semisi Taumoepeau when they visited the sister school in Samoa last year. I was working as an I.T. consultant for the school during that time.

Why did you choose to pursue higher education in I.T.?

In Information Technology, things change so fast so I thought it would be great to challenge myself and study one more year at postgraduate level. The programme has a six month internship option which is also vital to step into the I.T. industry and learn more about the New Zealand culture.

The first intake of PGDIT students are looking to take advantage of a global skills shortage

The first batch of new PGDIT students at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), New Zealand – May intake, 2018.

What do you think of the I.T. employability in New Zealand and in the world?

My Dad is currently a citizen of New Zealand and he pointed out that there are lots of opportunities in this field for the right person. We truly believe that a good combination of international work experience and a qualification of I.T. in New Zealand will set the foundation for strong career development, either in New Zealand or anywhere in the world.

A PGDIT qualification lays a foundation for a career in IT anywhere in the world

In New Zealand as well as many countries in the world, technology plays a crucial part in the growth of business.

In New Zealand, as well as many countries around the world, technology plays a crucial part in the growth of business. New types of businesses have emerged and changed the way people consume products or experience shopping. As a result, there are always new and exciting roles in information technology. If graduates know how to update new technologies, they will surely survive and get very well-paid jobs.

Thanks Mua Tuuau for a great interview!


The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) is a level 8 programme that has been designed to fill the global skills shortage that has been recognised in the IT sector.

Duration: 12 months full-time

Start Dates in 2018 ►10 September

Start Dates in 2019: 29 January, 20 May, 9 September

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