3rd-year student, Bachelor of Science in Food Science
Food science is an area that is in high demand and offers various career opportunities, says food science student Litia Takuia who came to AUT as an international student from Kiribati, supported by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade NZ Scholarship.
“I chose to study food science because I want to learn how we can improve the nutritional value and sensory attributes of food, and make sure it’s safe and lasts longer. It was a lightbulb for me when my lecturer highlighted the major contribution food science makes to people.
“With an understanding of food science I can help my country improve its food security, and develop the economy by marketing and exporting quality food products. I really want to be a food scientist so I can help the industry achieve its goals when it comes to processing and marketing its products well to meet the needs of consumers.”
More than the theory
Litia says she has enjoyed studying in AUT’s smaller, interactive classes.
“One of the reasons I’ve really enjoyed my studies is because the class sizes in lectures are reasonable, so it’s easy to engage with the lecturers. I also like that the lecturers are always willing to provide assistance when needed.”
Being able to participate in practical sessions, in addition to learning the theory, has been a highlight for her.
“AUT provides practical laboratory sessions related to my studies, which enables me to apply what I’ve learnt during the lectures. This has strengthened my understanding and skills in different areas of my programme.”
Advice for other students
Now in the third year of her studies, Litia has some great advice for other international students thinking about studying in New Zealand.
“I’d like to encourage international students to apply to AUT. It’s a modern university that can prepare anyone with the kind of knowledge and skills they need to achieve in a specific area. Simply browse through the AUT website and see the kind of programme you can apply for.”
She highly recommends studying at AUT.
“You won’t regret it as it’s one of the best universities, staffed by supportive and dynamic staff, and with social and multicultural students from all over the world who are now living and studying in the heart of Auckland City.”