Xin (Simon) Fang

Xin (Simon) Fang

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Business in International Business
Certificate in Business Studies

The Certificate in Business Studies was the first step on his journey towards a business career, says Xin (Simon) Fang who is now completing a Bachelor of Business in International Business.

“I chose to study the Certificate in Business Studies as a pathway to study further in the Bachelor of Business. What I enjoyed most about the certificate was being inspired by the different business disciplines and career pathways within business.

“Once I complete my Bachelor of Business, I would love to have the opportunity to work in an organisation where I can use what I’ve learnt at AUT and apply my knowledge to make a difference. However, ultimately I want to run my own business and that is the main motivation for me to study business.”

Supported to thrive
He would 100% recommend AUT’s business programmes to others, says Simon who is now in his final year of a Bachelor of Business in International Business with a minor in management.

“AUT keeps rising in the world university rankings. For example, it climbed 300 places in three years to become one of the top 350 universities on the global stage. I believe that AUT can lead young Kiwis to success.”

The learning environment made it easy for Simon to thrive.

“The diversified learning journey and the relaxed atmosphere at AUT have encouraged me to have the willingness to learn about the academic field I chose to study.”

On exchange in Singapore
Going on a student exchange to Singapore has been a highlight for Simon.

“I’m currently on student exchange at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, supported by a Business Undergraduate International Exchange Scholarship Award.

“Based on my experience with the student exchange programme, AUT has successfully built a strong network with other universities all over the world. I would definitely recommend taking the opportunity to leave your comfort zone and go out to see what other people’s life is like.”

Expecting to graduate later this year, Simon has some great advice for other students.

“Take every opportunity to make your life differ from others and study something that you truly love to unleash your potential.”