International Student Success Stories

Ashwin Rane  -  Mumbai, India

Diploma in Profession Cookery From Mumbai, India


'I chose WITT because of the location, lower fee structure and New Zealand’s quality education. Then what cemented my decision was meeting my would-be tutor Joachim Ogden and Mrs Carol at an education conference in India two years ago. The course is very good, I like it. It’s a good education and the staffs are very friendly. I am gaining new knowledge and it’s different to what I would learn in India.”



Sompong Khamthung - Thailand

Certificate in General English Graduate, Certificate in Creative Technologies Student


Sompong completed a year of ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) in 2013 and that has helped her to embark on a new course this year, in her chosen field Creative Technologies.

The Thai national wants to pursue a career in graphic design and she says the English course last year gave her the confidence to take on another field of study and she hopes to take another level for 2015.

“It is a nice place to study and you make lots of friends here and learn about other cultures,” said Sompong.


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.