1st-year student, Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Data Science
He has always been fascinated by technology, says Rushit (Harry) J. Patel who came to AUT as an international student from India. He is now pursuing this passion by studying a Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Data Science, supported by an AUT Pro Vice-Chancellor International's Excellence Scholarship.
“Since I was a kid, I've been intrigued by the technology that surrounds us. During my high school years, I enjoyed learning how computers work, how to design websites, and statistics, which sparked my interest and helped me realise that this is the profession I want to pursue in the future.”
While Harry still has a few more years of studies ahead of him, he already has a good idea of how he sees his future.
“After graduating from university, I intend to pursue a career in the field of data science, as I’m fascinated by what technology can do for our society, and how statistics can help businesses develop."
An easy decision
For Harry, it was easy to decide which university to choose for his studies.
“What drew me to AUT was the structure of its programmes, which are designed to provide much more practical and hands-on exposure. Secondly, one of my uncles also graduated from AUT, and he has always been proud and honored by the knowledge he gained while he was studying at AUT. I took his advice and followed in his footsteps."
It’s a decision he hasn’t regretted.
“The courses I've undertaken to date have undoubtedly increased my knowledge. They've assisted me in developing new ideas and problem-solving skills. Most importantly, they've taught me how to work in mahitahi (collaboration). All of the courses are well-organised and provide a thorough understanding of the technology industry, and and the staff are lovely and helpful.”
Advice for other students
Harry has some great advice for other international students who are considering studying at AUT.
“My advice for future international students is really simple: make friends by conversing with others as much as possible.
“You should also immerse yourself in New Zealand culture, from their local food to entertainment, and don't forget to attend university events to build connections. Most crucially, study extremely hard.”
*The AUT Pro Vice-Chancellor International's Excellence Scholarship is now known as the AUT International Academic Achievement Scholarship.