Project Logistics Manager, JingGong Steel New Zealand
Master of Construction Management
Studying the Master of Construction Management made sense if he wanted to take his construction career further, says JiaWei (Bill) Deng who came to AUT as an international student from China.
“I had been working as a site manager in the construction industry for a number of years, but my goal is to become a project manager in the future. I knew that the Master of Construction Management would help me achieve this goal. AUT is one of the top universities in all the world, and focuses on experiential learning, which will be very helpful for my career development.”
Having completed his Master of Construction Management in mid-2021, Bill is looking forward to applying what he has learnt through his studies.
“I want to keep working in the New Zealand construction industry and use the knowledge I learned at AUT to build a better future for New Zealand. I’ve already been able to use the construction knowledge I gained at AUT in one of the biggest construction projects in New Zealand.”
Inspired and supported
The academic staff particularly impressed Bill.
“When I was doing the course on international construction, the lecturer, Professor John Tookey, taught us how to organise an international construction company. Because I was already working in a global construction company, this course inspired me and gave me new insights into how to contribute to my company and work with local companies and suppliers.”
He also appreciated the guidance he received during his research project.
“The biggest challenge I faced at AUT was my research project. I’m grateful that my supervisor, Dr Jeff Seadon, gave me a lot of support during this period in our weekly meetings, from how to do interviews to how to analyse the data.”
Advice for other students
Bill has some great advice for other students thinking about returning to university study.
“My advice is to keep learning and keep studying. Never give up and always ask if you don’t understand something.”
He would highly recommend the programme to other students interested in taking their construction career further.
“I’d definitely recommend the Master of Construction Management. As an international student, this programme will help you integrate into the New Zealand construction industry and give you an understanding of the technologies used in this industry.”