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What a Taught Master’s Program in NZ Is Like According to a Filipino Educator

When you graduate from college, it’s tough to figure out what your next move will be. Without the clearcut academic journey, fresh graduates, young adults, and even those deep into working life can often find themselves between crossroads in the adult journey. Is taking a break before job hunting the best route? Will working towards a stable career be the right thing? Or is taking up further studies the way?

It can be quite a headache and require deep existential contemplation. But, know that any path you feel is best IS the path for you! And if you find yourself looking to take up a Taught Master’s program, why not consider New Zealand? 

Take it from fellow Filipino educator Sussie Morrish, a Professor of Marketing in University of Canterbury (UC) who knows all about the study abroad experience. Here are a few things about taking up a Taught Master’s Program in New Zealand!

1. You’ll receive high-quality education

New Zealand’s education system is one of the best and highly respected in the world, with internationally accredited qualifications, vast research opportunities, and even access to the latest technology. By studying here, you’ll know you’re in great hands. 

As told by Sussie, more than anything, UC is your best bet for top-notch education. “A NZ master’s degree especially from the University of Canterbury (UC) compares extremely well with the best in the world. Masters degrees from similarly ranked universities elsewhere may be comparable but a UC degree is more than just a degree. There are many co-curricular and add-on experiences that a student will not get anywhere in the world. There are special programmes and seminars that enhance one’s marketability when they finish.” 

In fact, taking up a Taught Master’s in UC is great for those who want to get into the world of business. The Business Taught Master’s has a huge practical focus in an applied project for a real company. Sussie says, “The UC Marketing and Tourism group is ranked consistently as the top in the country. They have world-renowned researchers and lecturers. While, the UC Business School is accredited by AMBAAACSB, and EQUIS—only 1% of business schools in the world have attained all three.”

2. You’ll get a taste of New Zealand culture

We all know New Zealand is home to natural landscapes and a wanderlust lifestyle. But, it’s also a cultural place. With a diverse population and influences from Maori, European, and East Asian traditions, you can expect a colorful campus life and fun adventures in the background of a beautiful environment. 

In fact, there’s so much to do in the country! Sussie shares, “You can explore the beauty of the country, experience middle earth, do a bungee jump, swim with dolphins, perform a haka and do a hongi (Maori greeting).” Not only that, Sussie shares that NZ is home to outstanding sports champions (e.g. rugby, yachting, equestrian, car racing), amazing artists (e.g. Peter Jackson, Lorde, Taika Waititi, Sam Neil) and even Hollywood’s best kept secret for offshore screen productions. Think Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Narnia, Avatar, The Last Samurai, Power of the Dog, Heavenly Creatures and many others.

UC greatly reflects this amazing culture into the university. “UC has a real English university ambience with its beautiful campus and amazing clubs that cater to different interests such as cultural, sports, business and religions,” muses Sussie.

3. You can apply with ease

New Zealand provides abundant opportunities as many folks from all across the world try their hand at studying here. There are many government-based and university-based scholarships available for international students.

Sussie explains that the application process for UC is simple and straightforward with a requirement for a Taught Master’s to be a recognized bachelor’s degree with at least a B Grade Point Average (GPA). “We have a dedicated Admissions team who will assess your application and if you meet the entry requirement, you will be issued with an offer of place to the university.”  

And if you’re looking for financial support, look no further! UC has it covered. You may search their database here by selecting relevant options that apply to you. But, if it helps, the UC Business school also offers a range of International Student Awards including a Southeast Asia Award for Filipino students worth up to NZD$7,000 depending on the program. 

4. You’ll be in a safe and welcoming environment

New Zealand regularly tops the Global Peace Index‘s list of the most peaceful countries in the world, so you don’t have to worry too much when studying abroad. New Zealand has a very low crime rate, while being supported by a high-quality healthcare system. So, as an international student, you’ll have the same rights and equal opportunities as your Kiwi counterparts. 

In UC’s case, they offer a wide range of support services for international students from academic skills, language support, clubs, financial hardship, rec centers, and even accommodation. If you’re thinking of the Filipino community out there, UC offers a home away from home experience that’ll ease the home sickness.

Sussie shares, “There is already an established Filipino student group, UC Balangay Club which is one of 180+ clubs you can join.  They have a Kiwinoy mentorship programme which is like a Buddy programme to help you settle down.  They hold events throughout the year ranging from fiestas, film showing, cultural events attended by many non-Filipino students. You can play basketball and learn to play rugby and cricket! Did you know that Tab Baldwin of Gilas Pilipinas used to be the coach of the NZ Tall Blacks?”

5. You can get many opportunities as a Filipino student

All in all, New Zealand is a great place to pursue your further studies. From education, safety, to culture, they offer a unique and special experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. And all this is backed up by accolades and a reputation that is exemplary in the world stage despite its size. (Fun Fact: The population is only a third of Manila!) 

Going down this path, many students can get great career opportunities. Sussie shares, “Students have gone on to become academics, researchers, joined international firms all over the world. There is also a path to residency if you want to live and work in New Zealand. International students can apply for a post study work visa upon completing their studies in New Zealand.” 

So, what are you waiting for? Now is your time to seize the opportunity to try something new! Sussie’s tip for fellow Filipinos: “You will never know which door will open for you unless you knock. As we say in the Philippines, ‘May magandang kinabukasan ang taong may pinag-aralan.’ Pursue that dream and if a postgraduate education is a choice you can make, then choose the best. NZ is a safe and beautiful country and what you learn in and out of the lecture theaters will stay with you for the rest of your life!”

 

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