Category Archives: International students

Workplace Visits Enhance Student Employability Skills

Visiting behind the scenes of a workplace and talking to professionals is a valuable experience for all students and helps give international students a glimpse of Kiwi workplace culture.

Staff in UC Service Departments have been supporting student learning by showing their office spaces and communicating what they do, the opportunities in their profession and what skills are most valued. Sometimes they even get inspiration from students.

Data Science student, Manju Sabareesh, shares her experience:

“I attended a workplace visit organised by UC Careers on 30 July.  This was a great chance to meet the analytics team of UC on the 5th floor of Central Library and discover how the department is set up to work for a such a huge organisation. Meg from UC Careers introduced us to Cameron Mair, who is a Business Analyst within the Business Insight and Reporting Team. 

Cameron explained how the team play with data and make meaningful reports and dashboards to help Management and Marketing teams work efficiently. They deal with big projects and a lot of ad-hoc queries. One  interesting issue that they are working on is “space” analysis and a UC computer science student is involved with the team in counting current space utilisation. By checking how the existing spaces at UC are utilised they can cater for an increase in new courses and students, so this analysis helps the university to grow. Amazing, isn’t?

Cameron kept on patiently answering our questions and we four enthusiastic students gave our minds and ears to his talk. He mentioned that his team has a diverse range of skills and is evolving through new tools and techniques to provide more live and interactive dashboards. I learned that they are moving from Cognos to Power BI and Cameron does presentations of his reports to internal clients in a story telling mode.

I asked him to consider creating events involving data science, financecomputer science students in hackathons to explore and develop some relevant issues at UC. He liked the idea and I am excited to see that he is making it happen along with WiTSoc and CompSoc on 13 and 14 July. This visit turned out to be a fruitful networking opportunity for mutual advantage!”

– Manju Sabareesh

Ambassador to Seoul meets Postgraduate students

The New Zealand Korea Business Council hosted the Aotearoa New Zealand  Ambassador to Seoul in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 16 May.

The Council organised for a group of Korean Postgraduate students to meet with the Ambassador to discuss their experience at UC, and their future plans in Aotearoa New Zealand.

From left to right James Waghorn (International Recruitment Co-ordinator), Min-ho Yang, Chang-hoon Lee, Chong-hwan Park, Ji-hyun Lim, Philip Turner (NZ Ambassador to Seoul), Min-gu Jun, Byung-kyu Kang, Hee-Seung Lee

UC International Facebook Live Series

UC International have curated a Facebook Live series, showcasing all five of UC’s colleges.

Hosted by International Recruitment Coordinator and UC alumnus Sandeep Sharma, the compilation provides valuable insight for International students into key programs offered by UC, with International Deans from each college (Engineering, Science, Business and Law, Arts and Education, Health and Human Development) answering key questions posted by students.

International Enrolment in Person sessions begin Thursday 7 February

We’re welcoming all new and returning international students to campus this week, with International Enrolment in Person sessions running from Thursday 7 – Friday 15 February.

Following a successful pilot led by our Student First Programme in 2018, international students now have the ability to choose from a selection of dates and times for their enrolment in person session.

Bookings have been available since early December 2018, allowing our international students the convenience in knowing they can simply turn up at the date and time of their choosing.

Staff from all around the University have volunteered to help welcome our new students to campus.

In each enrolment session, staff will take a copies of the student’s passport and visa, check their visa application (if required) and check their insurance details.

While waiting for their documentation to be processed, our new-to-UC students will attend a 45 minute information session where they will be taken on a tour through the Undercroft and Library, while also allowing them to connect with other students.

If you see our international students out and about over the coming weeks, please stop and say hello!

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Have you signed up to support International Enrolment in Person?

A couple of weeks ago we shared our plan for the 2019 International Enrolment in Person, and called for volunteers to help us support our International students as they arrive at UC.

2019 International Enrolment in Person is going to be bigger and better than ever and with your help, will see a reduction in queuing time. We anticipate welcoming and enrolling 1600 international students so we’re going to need some help to make it as efficient and as welcoming as possible.

Our staff volunteers will be a friendly first point of contact, greeting them with a smile and a cheery ‘Kia ora’ before taking a copy of their passport and then sending them on to the next stage of their enrolment journey.

Since our initial call for help, we’ve managed to fill 55 of the 63 possible volunteer slots. You’ve done an amazing job at putting your hand up to help, so much so that we only need a few more people to volunteer for the 8 remaining sessions, they are:

  • Friday 8 Feb: x1 morning slot
  • Monday 11 Feb: x2 morning slot
  • Thursday 14 Feb: x1 morning slot
  • Friday 15 Feb: x2 morning and x2 afternoon slot

Enrolment in Person will be held on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 of February, and again from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February; it’s broken into morning (8.30am – 12pm) and afternoon (1pm – 4.30pm) sessions to give your smile a chance to recharge.  

If you can help with one or more of the remaining slots, please email Freddie Jefferd before 21 December.

If you would like to be involved but this doesn’t quite sound like you, get in touch anyway – chances are we’ll still be able to find something for you to do.

Ngā mihi,

The International Enrolment Working Party