International student contributes to education forum

International student contributes to education forum

CPIT student Nilesh Patel from India was excited to share his experiences of being an international student at the first ever Education New Zealand Student Voice Forum recently.

Representatives from Immigration New Zealand, NZQA and the Ministry of Education attended the forum held at Te Papa in Wellington to hear first-hand from 22 international students about arriving and studying in New Zealand and how their experiences could be improved.

“The forum showed me what I feel or say is important. We got to share our view and our experiences and hear from people from different countries. I talked about the main differences between India and NZ’s education systems,” Nilesh says.

As the only current international student in CPIT’s Diploma of Quantity Surveying, Nilesh spoke of feeling a little surprised by the welcoming and friendly nature of other students and tutors.

“At CPIT the tutors are so friendly. They are like family. In India it is very different and teachers are more like policemen. They talk and you listen,” he says.

He also talked about the work experience he has received with Fulton Hogan as part of his course, giving him an in-depth understanding of the theory he is learning

An aspect he found challenging while studying in NZ was learning how to reference sources correctly, something he says is not taught in India.

The forum is now to run annually, giving international students an opportunity to openly share their thoughts on a number of topics and help inform Education New Zealand campaigns and activities.