Wed 21 Aug 2019

NZIHT intake - biggest yet

Roshni Menacheri has travelled from Kerala, India, to be part of the largest intake of students recorded by the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology.

The intake totals 37 students – four from Nepal, two from the Philippines, three from China and 28 from India.

The presence of Chinese students follows a drive by WITT to raise its profile there.

Roshni, studying for a Graduate Diploma in Engineering Highways, chose NZIHT, which is owned by the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, because it had exclusive programmes specifically related to highways engineering.

“I graduated in 2012 in India, but the study there was much more theoretical.  I am looking forward to having skills that will mean I’m self-sufficient enough to work in industry when I complete my programme’” he said.

“I feel NZIHT has a more practical approach, in our classes already we are finding out where we can apply the knowledge in the field.”

Roshni is getting used to a new country, new study patterns and a new climate – and has a three-and-a-half-year-old child, “so it’s been a balancing act’.

“The first week was full on but things are settling down for me now and I feel comfortable.”

NZIHT programme coordinator Jill Warner said the new students will be exposed to knowledge from industry experts, meet domestic students already working in the industry and complete practical surveying exercises.

Previous graduates from the same course have secured work in a range of positions including as quality assurance, pavement utility, site, contract, asset, geotechnical and civil engineers, survey and laboratory technicians and  project surveyors.