Cultures come together at NZTC's biggest orientation to date

Cultures come together at NZTC's biggest orientation to date

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New students enjoyed guided tours of their campus cities

Months of planning, anticipation and excitement came to the fore at New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) in February as 77 new international students entered the campus doors for the first time.

Orientation week kicked off with a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony, an experience Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) student Siyang Liu described as “absolutely beautiful”.

Information sessions and campus city tours were held throughout the week to introduce the future early childhood professionals into their new lives as NZTC students.

Master of Early Childhood Education student Simran Rai, who arrived in New Zealand just one day before the welcoming ceremony, said she instantly felt energised by the college’s positive atmosphere.

“I arrived yesterday from India and felt so overwhelmed, but as soon as I entered the college today I felt good,” Simran shared. “There is such a positive energy here, and from today onward I know I’ll approach everything with positivity and won’t miss a single opportunity.”

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Students explore New Zealand's Garden City

This shared sense of community and enthusiasm grew stronger every day as students joined together, showing support and building friendships grounded in a shared Vision to provide quality education to young children.

For Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) student Neha Sudan a highlight of the week was the Auckland museum visit, which left her with a deeper understanding of New Zealand’s history and culture.

“This orientation week has been a perfect welcome. I’ve learnt so much about Māori culture and the history of New Zealand, which has left me so excited to begin my study.”

Neha was especially touched by the extensive support gifted by the college’s staff.

“The faculty team members have been cooperative and understanding at every moment. We are international students, but with this support, we do not feel like international students,” Neha said.