Researcher, Biologics Analytical Department, WuXi Biologics, Shanghai, China
Master of Science (Research)
Coming to AUT on a student exchange made it clear this was the right environment to complete her master’s degree, says Nan Jiang who came to AUT as an international student from China.
“I completed my bachelor’s degree in food science at Shanghai Normal University, which has an exchange programme with AUT. In the last year of my last bachelor’s degree, I went to AUT on a student exchange. I really enjoyed studying at AUT, so I continued to study for my master’s degree here.
“I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at AUT. All the staff here, especially the lab technicians, were very nice and supportive. They were always there to help if I encountered any problems, and also supported me if I needed any new consumables or anything else for my research project.”
Throughout her time at AUT, Nan also enjoyed being able to participate in activities like the AUT Edge Award, which enables students to develop the C skills that are highly sought after by employers – collaboration, co-operation, community, curiosity, communication and creativity.
Helping consumers make choices
For her master’s research, the food science alumna focused on the nutritional characteristics of different cuts of goat meat.
“When it comes to goat meat, retail cuts from the loin and rib are much preferred by consumers and have a higher price compared to low-preference cuts like shank. However, my research showed that less preferred cuts like the fore shank and the cross cut don’t actually have any inferior nutritional attributes compared to the preferred cuts.
“My research aims to help consumers make an informed decision when purchasing meat cuts, and enable them to take these forequarter cuts into consideration when choosing goat meat.”
What attracted her to this topic was the opportunity to conduct a chemical analysis for her research, says Nan whose research was supervised by Dr Michelle Yoo.
The support to thrive
She would highly recommend the Master of Science (Research) to others, says Nan.
“I would definitely recommend this programme. The supervisors are very professional and supportive, and the equipment and facilities you have access to are good.”
She also appreciated the support available throughout her research project.
“At the end of my master’s degree, I had to learn a new technique within a short time to enrich my research. This was a quite a big challenge for me because the time was limited. Fortunately, my second supervisor, who was based in Hamilton, had the equipment and materials I needed, so I moved to Hamilton for two weeks to learn this new test. My accommodation fee was covered by AUT, which really helped.”