International Student Success Stories

Chiara Rancho - Davao, Philippines

Bachelor of Nursing

Time in New Zealand has taught Chiara Rancho to appreciate being independent, and the importance of hard work. In March she commenced a three year bachelor degree in nursing at WITT.

She says the course teaches students to grow professionally and personally. Chiara came to New Zealand from the Philippines. Her home is Davao City.

She studies at WITT because “it is an amazing institution”. Her plans are to complete her degree, work in New Zealand and possibly study for a post graduate degree. Like most international students, she is impressed by Taranaki.

“It is a beautiful place full of wonder and simplicity. I’ve resided here for three years now and I have cherished every single day.” She appreciates the range of beaches and tourist destinations – and the cost of living.

Chiara enjoys cooking, reading books and watching movies “with really good story lines” and she enjoys music – “which is why I like musical plays”.


Thabitha Joby - Kerala, India

Bachelor of Nursing

Thabitha Joby came from Idduki district in southern India to WITT to commence a three year Bachelor of Nursing course in February.

She is already impressed by Taranaki as a destination “like no other” which is quite impressive, since her own home province is a major tourism destination and her state, Kerala, is also known as “God’s Own Country.”

Thabitha’s home city is Thodupuzha, a community of just over 50,000 people. She came to WITT after the Institute was recommended to her and is pleased with her choice.

“I am proud of choosing New Zealand as the people and friendly and welcoming, the country has awesome weather, an amazing education system and good work opportunities.”

Thabitha lists her interests as painting, craft work, photography, dancing, cycling, volleyball and badminton. She says she is looking forward to serving the needy – and staying in New Zealand to further her education.


Parteek Malik - India

Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) Level 7

Parteek is employed as a Transportation Design Engineer at WSP-Opus in Tauranga.

“I would recommend WITT to those who are serious about their future and working towards becoming a professional.  This institution doesn’t just teach you an education — it also teaches ethics to obey and also to understand and respect  the principles of indigenous people.”

“New Zealand is a wonderful place to make friends, just talk to people, blend in and respect all cultures. Nobody will consider you any different. It is an amazing place to start a new chapter of your life.”


Jakir Hussain - Nepal

Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) Level 7

In late 2015 Jakir met a New Zealand representative in Kathmandu, who told him, “about the high quality education system, the people, culture, opportunities and the way I could enhance my career and get a better and secure future in New Zealand,” he recalled. He says the presentation touched his heart and convinced him  New Zealand was the right choice. “The best tutors to guide you through and the support staff team is always ready 24-7 to support and help”. Jakir is now employed in Upper Hutt City working for the City Council as Roading Engineer-Operations in the Asset Management and Operations Department.

He is driven to succeed and aims to be a leader in his field and believes he has been given a head-start through studying at WITT’s engineering arm, NZIHT. “WITT is one of the best learning centres in New Zealand,” he says.

“One thing I would like to say about WITT is you feel like you are at home even away from home because of the love, care and support from the staff and team members.” Jakir has been part of a growing Nepalese community at WITT and believes many more Nepalese students would enjoy studying here.


Karolina Ferbei - Russia

Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) Level 7

Karolina is employed at Beca Consultancy, pursuing her career in engineering.

Karolina, who was born in Kazakhstan and moved to Russia when she was 10, was positive about her choice of New Zealand. 

“It was a very different experience as Russian education is different. I liked the relaxed atmosphere in class, although it was educational and professional, very well planned. Communication with tutors was easy and support staff were helpful.”

“WITT helped me to integrate to life in a new world, gave useful tips and explained basic rules of the country.”

She found herself in a class full of international students in a similar situation and as a result, she formed new friendships. She said the tutors worked hard to help her gain a full understanding of the subjects.

Overall it was amazing experience, full of joy, challenges and new information,” she said.


Sunny Saini  -  Punjab, India

NZ Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) Graduate

"I don't like crowded cities. I love peace. Then I found out that Taranaki has been judged the best living place in New Zealand and the best small city in the world," says the 22-year-old. "I always recommend to my friends in my country that they come over here. The staff at WITT are really helpful. It's a good place to live and study, and there are plenty of jobs here."



Jasmine Lai - Hong Kong

Bachelor of Nursing


"I'm finding the course in amazing," says Jasmine, who particularly enjoys the on-the-job training placements at Taranaki Base Hospital. "After 12 years of thinking about it, I had the chance to continue my studies and let my dream of becoming a nurse come true. Taranaki is an amazing place. There are amazing beaches and a great mountain, and I have met some great people."




Christopher Sridhar - Chennai, India

Sous Chef, Cobb & Co. Restaurant. Studied Diploma in Professional Cookery. 

“It was great really, coming here, learning about a new culture,” he says. The best part of studying at Witt, he says, would be his tutor, Joachim Ogden. “He really, really, pushed himself so hard to be able to give us what we required and so it was amazing. I enjoyed going to class. His classes were enjoyable to the point where you always wanted more and more and more and we could ask for it and we’d get it,” he says.