Xuan Hong Ngoc Nguyen

Xuan Hong Ngoc Nguyen

Master of Analytics student

If you’re looking for a practical analytics degree AUT’s Master of Analytics is one of the best choices, says Xuan Hong Ngoc Nguyen who came to AUT as an international student from Vietnam.

“My background is in finance, and I chose this degree to learn how to use data analysis and big data to solve the cost-benefit problem in social housing investment in my country.

“Analytics, and data science in general, is one of the fastest-growing industries globally, and I have a personal interest in exploring what is behind the data. In the data-driven world we’re all living in, having strong analytics skills is invaluable.”

Choosing AUT
Deciding where to study was easy, says Ngoc whose studies are supported by a New Zealand Scholarship from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“When I was researching my study options, I discovered that the curriculum of the Master of Analytics at AUT is very practical. I found that very appealing.”

She was also attracted by the opportunity to complete an industry project in the final semester of her Master of Analytics, Ngoc says.

“In the last semester we have an on-site project, which means we’ll work at a company on a real project for 15 weeks. This is a great opportunity for me to gain knowledge and skills from a real business case. This is very helpful as I need to be able to immediately apply those skills to my job when I go back to my home country Vietnam.”

A multicultural learning environment
She has had many highlights throughout her studies.

“What I’ve enjoyed most would be the experience of studying in a multicultural environment, and having the opportunity to make new friends and introduce Vietnam to more people from many cultures.

“For me, the biggest achievement has been learning about how to use a variety of analytical tools such as SAS, R, MATLAB and Weka to help with the analysis and investment decision making process through real business cases.”

She would highly recommend the Master of Analytics, Ngoc says.

“I would recommend this programme to any Vietnamese students and other students who have a business or finance background but want to change their career to analytics. I’m living proof that a student from a financial or business background can do well in the Master of Analytics.”