Each year, 1600 people from more than 50 countries come to CPIT (Ara Institute of Canterbury) to study. One of those international students is Mahesh Singh Dhami from Nepal, who is studying the Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology.
Mahesh came to New Zealand because of its reputation as a peaceful destination for international students, and its high quality education. "New Zealand's educational system is globally recognised," he says, "and of course this is one of the best technical institutes in New Zealand and the only one to offer research laboratory technology."
Mahesh says CPIT's practical approach to learning differs to that offered in Nepal. "It's more practical, individually focused and assignment-based, whereas our country has a more theoretical education system. The teachers here use a variety of teaching techniques."
Mahesh's programme has so far involved sample analysis, report writing, safety audit programmes, research projects and a work placement of more than 260 hours.
"I did my work placement in the laboratory at Meadow Fresh. I learned about various food and dairy testing techniques, as well as how to work in a team as an employee."
Mahesh has made use of the institute's Career Centre to help prepare him for a career in laboratory technology and believes he'll be well positioned in a competitive job market. "Hopefully this qualification will set my career in stone. It's made me fully trained and equipped for employment."