Inthavath Douangta

Inthavath Douangta

Responsible Business Officer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Vientiane, Laos
Master of Global Business
Graduate Diploma in Business

The Master of Global Business is perfect for anyone who wants to be proficient in global affairs and navigating business ideas in different markets, says Inthavath Douangta who came to AUT as an international student from Laos, supported by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade NZ Scholarship.

“I liked that the Master of Global Business doesn’t just cover how global business works, but also gave me the opportunity to develop other skills relevant to managing an international business, including marketing, global supply chain management and managing people.

“Throughout my studies I’ve had many moments that have inspired me and I’ve obtained different business ideas I’d like to explore in future. However, the biggest ignition I’ve received is self-discovery and finding my passion for trading and investing in local products. This has made me feel empowered.”

Since finishing his studies, he has now returned to his home country Laos where is working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“I’m working as a responsible business officer on the Business and Human Rights Project funded under the Japanese Supplementary Budget of the Government of Japan. The project is trying to encourage businesses in Laos to adopt and implement human rights due diligence according to the UN guiding principles on responsible business and human rights.

“My studies helped me understand the global standards of operating an international business, especially the ethical aspects. The Master of Global Business was a major reason why I was offered the job.”

An easy decision
Coming to AUT for his studies was an easy decision for Inthavath, who completed a Graduate Diploma in Business before enrolling in the Master of Global Business.

“I chose to study at AUT because AUT is known for having one of the best student support systems, meaning you can confidently get help, whether it’s related to academic, health or wellbeing support. I could also see that AUT is a university with a significant number of academic staff who are ready to transfer their years of cultivated knowledge to me. I also appreciated that AUT is located in the heart of Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, where the opportunities lie.”

The in-class experience was what Inthavath enjoyed most about studying business at AUT.

“Being in a workshop was my favourite moment because that was when I got to apply what I had learnt to real-life events. The classes at AUT are highly interactive and informative, which helped me become more confident in public speaking. I also appreciated that AUT was dedicated to making online learning as interactive as the on-campus classes.”

Advice for other students
Inthavath has some great advice for other students.

“My advice for other students would be to enjoy the moment. Appreciate even small achievements, like when you’re feeling victorious after summiting an assignment. That will be the source of your energy and motivation. Next, plan your time well and fully commit to plans. You’ll thank yourself later. Don’t forget to access all the tools AUT provides. Lastly, be the star of your own story and write it however you want to tell it.”

There’s plenty of help to support your studies, he adds.

“For me, the biggest challenge was writing assignments and learning to effectively get my message across. I’ve overcome these challenges by contacting the lecturers and academic staff if I needed more clarity and advice. The staff have always been very helpful. AUT itself also has an abundance of support tools all students can access. I’ve attended various workshops on academic writing and referencing, which helped me become a better writer. The AUT Library website has been also crucial to my learning.”

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