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NZ student visits India to study business ties

A New Zealand student investigating business networks in promoting Māori entrepreneurship has won a scholarship to India.

Jess Templeton, completing PhD in management from University of Canterbury (UC), is visiting New Delhi to study business issues after winning an Education New Zealand scholarship in conjunction with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

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She says India is a priority country for New Zealand’s trade and economic future. The Indian population in New Zealand increased by 48 per cent to 155,000 people in the last seven years, according to the 2013 Census.

“India’s influence on the global distribution of economic power will continue to become more significant over time. As a small, independent nation, New Zealand has acknowledged the importance of building robust relationships with neighbouring states to support prosperity and security.

“Sustainable business success can be achieved through compromise, collaboration and cooperation of cultures, disciplines and perspectives.

“Exposure to potential practical applications for an India-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement is a critical factor for learning and exploring opportunities and benefits of developing the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the two countries.

Of Maori-Indian descent, Jess believes that the similarities between Hindu and Māori cultures, specifically within language and customs, could help ease cross-cultural tensions and instigate innovative strategies moving forward.

“Māori business has significant commercial potential in the greater Asia-Pacific region through India. As a young Māori-Indian management doctoral candidate, I am excited about this opportunity to network with Indian industry leaders, and top executives.

“India’s importance to New Zealand is growing. This reflects India’s expanding economy, its growing geopolitical importance and its increased openness to the rest of the world. India is currently New Zealand’s seventh largest export market.

“Its economic growth has sparked the expansion of bilateral trade and economic links. There is potential for growth in both goods and services – agriculture products, tourism, education, and consultancy services.

“Being bi-cultural in a multi-cultural world, studying business and visiting New Delhi is an opportunity to develop both my business insight and academic perspective.”

As part of her PhD studies at the Ngai Tahu Research Centre, Jess is evaluating existing tribal business systems to help Māori.

Jess moved back to UC and Christchurch last year after working with New Zealand’s major oil and gas company in New Plymouth.

Her supervisor Associate Professor Venkataraman Nilakant says her trip to India will provide her valuable exposure and skills that will be useful not only in the PhD but also in her future career as an emerging Maori leader.

“This venture will enhance her leadership capability and develop her research skills. It will also help define fundamental characteristics that will allow Jess to demonstrate that she is work-ready, culturally aware, willing to play an active role in the community and globally connected.

“UC wants all graduates to demonstrate these characteristics on top of being critically competent in their core academic discipline. Jessica is an outstanding example of this.”

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Job course launched for international students

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International students in New Zealand can now benefit from a programme aimed at assisting them in their search for skilled employment positions.

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) has launched a seven-week employment support programme for international students.

Barbra Estall, an international student, who will be graduating this July with a bachelor’s degree in interpreting, believes that targeted job search skills and NZ workplace knowledge are vital for her career prospects.

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“The work culture in New Zealand is very different from Tahiti,” says Barbra. “Back home, you can get into full employment without any work experience. Over here, job search knowledge and work experience count much more. As a student, I am not aware of what is required in this country – interview skills, work place communication, CV and cover letter writing – when applying for jobs.”

New Zealand approved 68,980 student visas last year, according to figures released by Immigration New Zealand.  Students who complete at least a two-year New Zealand qualification can apply for a graduate job search visa to help them transit from study to work and then to residency.

“There is a clear gap in employment preparation and support for many international students, wishing to apply their higher learning in skilled employment,” says Dr Mary Dawson, ARMS Chief Executive.

The ARMS Certificate in Employment Search and Work Preparation consists of seven units delivered in three hour sessions. Four of the units are specifically designed to enhance the communication skills of the students as they relate to job searching and employment. There are places still available for the first course, starting Friday May 3rd. The cost is $160 per participant.

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Resources for finding study-abroad opportunities

In this increasingly globalized world, there are many reasons for Indians to study abroad. You get the chance to see the world and broaden your experience. You can gain a fresh perspective on your home country. You learn a language in country where it is spoken by the native population. You gain transferable professional skills and improve your marketability. You also get the opportunity to develop friendships that can last a lifetime.

The idea of studying abroad can seem intimidating, especially for Indians without experience of traveling outside of the country. Here are some resources for easing the process of studying abroad and finding study-abroad opportunities:

  • College Study-Abroad Programs – Many colleges and universities offer study-abroad programs, including study-abroad programs through distance learning schools. You can find more information earning a degree here. Some schools have individual study-abroad departments, while others are affiliated with a specific department, such as languages and cultures of Asia or international business. The study-abroad programs at schools can help line students up with study-abroad programs, as well as offer guidance on such things as travel reservations, culture shock, and pre-trip immunizations.
  • The Center for Global Education – The Center for Global Education is an Internet resource for all things about studying abroad. This includes help in finding study-abroad opportunities, descriptions of various types of study-abroad programs, advice on funding your study-abroad experience, location of banks and ATMs, safety and health tips, and cultural information for specific countries. The Center for Global Education also provides links to many other useful study-abroad websites.
  • International – The Intenational Student website is great porthole for those interested in studying abroad. In addition to providing useful information on study-abroad programs, it gives individuals who are interested in studying abroad the chance to interact with each other on blogs or forums.