2nd-year student, Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Networks and Cybersecurity
She wants to play a part in Papua New Guinea’s developing ICT sector, says Kilakupa Marryanne Gulo-Vui who came to AUT as an international student, supported by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Zealand – Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship.
“In my home country Papua New Guinea, the information communications technology sector is currently less developed than that of many of its peers in the region. Studying networks and cybersecurity will equip me with the skills and knowledge to be involved in the design, operation and maintenance of networks and systems in my country.
“I have a preference to work in the public sector, mainly because of the skills gaps that currently exist in many areas of government operations. Currently there’s an acute shortage of IT professionals, particularly in the cybersecurity space, and I’d love the challenge of pioneering into this space when I complete my studies.”
A welcoming study environment
Now in the second year of her studies, Kilakupa is enjoying her time at AUT.
“AUT provides a learning avenue for a diverse range of cultures and welcomes all its international students. As an international student myself, meeting people from various backgrounds has immensely helped me with settling into AUT. Learning at a university that has a student and academic population from all around the world has helped me to learn, and appreciate and respect different cultures.”
She admits that studying far from home hasn’t always been easy, particularly during a global pandemic.
“My biggest challenge was adapting to AUT’s learning environment and culture, getting to know other students and staff, and understanding the assessment systems and procedures. The various COVID-19 lockdowns we’ve had over the past two years meant that we had to change from on-campus learning to online study, which has been a hurdle I’ve had to overcome.”
Advice for other students
Kilakupa says she would strongly recommend AUT’s Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences to other students.
“AUT offers an outstanding programme for computer and information sciences. Because it offers state-of-the-art facilities and strong academic staff, AUT continues to deliver exceptional support to its students to ensure they receive the best education. Providing tutorials in smaller classes ensures good student/lecturer communication and makes sure that students can access the software and equipment they need for the course.”
She considers AUT to be a great choice for international students thinking of studying in New Zealand.
“AUT is a leading university in New Zealand and offers a wide variety of programmes as well as state-of-the-art facilities. It also has a great support system to assist students from all backgrounds. For me, the learning environment at AUT has helped greatly in my studies thus far.”