“My degree gave me the technical skills and knowledge I needed…AUT is very ‘hands-on’ and applying theory rather than just learning theory in the University classroom prepared me very well for the work environment.” – Alexandra Saks, AUT Bachelor of Business, 2012
As one of the world’s most popular study abroad destinations, New Zealand as a region remains as culturally vibrant as it is aesthetically pleasing. Earlier this year, the country landed top position in Skyscanner’s 15 dazzling countries you must see before you die, cementing a long-standing reputation for being one of the globe’s most desirable traveller hotspots.
Cashing in on the perks of residing in one of the world’s most stunning locations is the Auckland University of Technology, more affectionately recognised under the name of AUT. With a campus set in Auckland’s thriving Central Business District, AUT students receive a first-class education and an authentic experience of the world’s most exquisite setting.
“More than 28,000 students are enrolled at AUT in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, studying at one of our three campuses,” says Derek McCormack, the University’s current Vice-Chancellor. “AUT has consistently been a leader in undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment growth of both New Zealand and international students across a wide range of professional disciplines, and as a result it is now the second-largest university in New-Zealand.”
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law represents one of AUT’s five diverse faculties providing an elite, specialised education that prepares students for success in their business, economics, legal or research careers. With a focus on rigorous, relevant and engaged learning, the Faculty nurtures graduates who think critically, producing qualified and adaptable individuals who are ready to thrive and stand out in a complex world. As an internationally-ranked and recognised provider of business education, AUT Business School understands the importance of operating in an intricate, global environment. Accreditation from the AACSB lands the School within an elite group of just five percent of business-focused institutions around the world, while the School also nurtures one of the highest graduate employment rates in the entire New Zealand region
But that’s not all that makes AUT a business student paradise; as a globally-ranked and -recognised provider of specialised business education, AUT Business School consistently produces the world’s most influential business brains…
Here are 4 things that prove AUT Business learners lead the ultimate student life…
1. Auckland is a truly awesome international study location
Nestled at the heart of Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city – AUT students enjoy the fruits of urban life and the region’s more tranquil spaces. From picturesque parks, to blissful beaches, to captivating cosmopolitan escapes, the AUT campus residence is both inspiring and unforgettable.
Where else in the world can you go sailing, surfing, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking or paddle boarding right in your back yard, then lap up city luxuries a mere stone’s throw from your home? Named the world’s third-most liveable metropolis in the Mercer 2017 Quality of Living Rankings, Auckland is undeniably one of the most sought-after student hubs, drawing ambitious students year after year with its people, climate, landscape, infrastructure and action-packed way of life.
With a tight-knit population of 1.5 million people, Auckland hosts the most expansive Polynesian society of any other city in the world, boasting a dynamic mix of Maori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures. And whether you’re looking for thrilling outdoor adventure, relaxing retail therapy, or social student hype to keep you busy on days off, just rest assured that Auckland has it all and so much more… so much so, you’ll struggle to fit them all in!
2. AUT boasts an elite Business Faculty
The AUT Business School harbours an extensive range of programmes, including the Bachelor of Business, Master of Business and Master of Professional Accounting. As an internationally-ranked and recognised provider of Business education, the School serves as the ideal launch pad for any business-minded student.
The School’s respected Bachelor of Business programme grants a solid understanding of how business functions in a hyper connected world, outlining the key issues graduates face as a future business leader. Study is informed by the latest industry research and relevant business samples, with the final year encompassing an invaluable practical work placement with your company of choice.
“Significant international connections, through academic partnerships, research collaborations and organisational memberships, contribute to a strong global outlook, and students have the opportunity to undertake an international exchange with some of the best business schools in Europe, Asia, and North America,” says Professor Kate Kearins, acting Dean of AUT’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.
“The Bachelor of Business programme is unique in New Zealand for including a compulsory internship; students find this hands-on experience perfectly complements their study and can even lead to full-time employment,” the Dean concludes.
3. Unique workplace learning opportunities
AUT Business School fosters a popular workplace experience programme called Co-operative Education, giving companies access to talented final year students while allowing participants to hit the ground running when it comes to their professional career. Here, you’ll gain a nine-week head start into the career of your choice, receiving feedback from lecturers who are keen to help you learn and improve. On top of gaining a unique insight into your preferred professional field, employers will really appreciate the fresh concepts you will bring, with some even being persuaded to offer a full-time working position!
4. Unparalleled student services and facilities
AUT Business students have access to a diverse range of services and activities that mean they can really get the best out of student life in Auckland. The International office in the Faculty is here to assist you and find out how you can work and/or study part of your degree overseas, get involved with faculty events, activities and initiatives, and learn about and immerse yourself into different cultures.
All these things, and so many more, combine to give AUT Business learners the ultimate student life. “AUT Business School graduates thrive in the changing world, readied through an authentic, practice-based learning environment,” Professor Kearins concludes. “Partnerships with business are systematic across the School providing opportunities for our stakeholders locally and internationally. Expert staff and research students create knowledge that matters to acade3me, business and society.”