Ta Thi Tam Ha

Nationality: Vietnamese

Degree studied: Master of International Development

What were you doing before coming to Massey University?

Before starting my degree, I worked for various development programmes and projects in Vietnam funded by international donors like EU, DANIDA and CIDA.

Why did you choose to study international development at Massey University?

I chose to study at Massey University as it is one of the largest and leading universities in New Zealand. Their academic staff are internationally renowned for their great expertise in various leading-edge research fields. It is the first university in New Zealand that launched the Development Studies programme.

The Masters programme is a practical course, which equiped me with the best skills and knowledge in development issues to increase my effectiveness in my future job and to contribute more to the sustainable development of Vietnam.

Through the variety of papers on offer I have deepened my knowledge of socio-economic development challenges and issues in the world and developed an understanding of how people’s lives are affected by global economic, social, political and environmental changes, as well as learnt to identify strategies to help overcome inequalities and poverty in order to enhance human wellbeing.

How did you find the support for international students?

Massey University’s International Office were outstanding and really a step ahead of the rest. They were really quick to respond and provided great support during the admissions process. As an international student at Massey University, I enjoyed the best learning experience with a high level of care and support provided by the University through a wide range of services for both academic and personal needs (the Health and Counselling Services).

What is special about the Massey library, in addition to its huge collection of books and fast access to the article database with hundreds of thousands of journals, is that Massey students can even borrow books from a number of Australian University Libraries at no cost. In our Department, our internationally recognized and friendly professors have established a good network with various local and international organizations and connected us with speakers from such organizations in our Wednesday seminars so that we students can link what we have learned with what is there in the real world and create a network for our future careers.

What did you do after graduating from Massey?

I returned to Vietnam after completion of my study in March 2016. The New Zealand ASEAN scholarship has brought me a great opportunity to gain knowledge. It also has broadened my mind about various ways a person can make a contribution to the community.

Upon my return, I have thought of how to devote myself to the field of gender and domestic violence in particular and to the community and the country in general. I have created a fanpage called Together we can make a change. The fanpage is mainly to promote programmes and activities to help boys and men to become good husbands and fathers in the future by sharing what activities or progrmames around the world being carried out by organisations in this field.

I have also been working as a coordinator with a NGO in Vietnam that supports single moms in Vietnam by calling volunteers from English speaking countries to come to Vietnam and teach English classes organised by such moms.

Lastly, as the Vice Principal of a Primary School in Hanoi, I have done lots of community work helping the school develop the best education system that they can afford for the benefits of the children in that low-income area.

Apart from recruitment and provision of on-going training and support to teachers of English from Vietnam and UK, I have also helped the school with integration of international curriculum on life skills for children, including behaviors and manners for our school boys and girls, especially in relation to gender-education.

I believe that education for young children will make a huge change in the future and with this direction, it may help reduce the rate of domestic violence in Vietnam.

Find out more about the Master of International Development

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