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Paweena Chatsungnoen

Paweena Chatsungnoen

PhD student in Education 2015

Studying my PhD in New Zealand has been the best experience, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to live and study here with my family over the past five years. The Massey Institute of Education has a strong reputation among New Zealand universities so it is my pride to study here.

I came to Palmerston North in 2010 with my husband, three year old daughter and one year old son. I first completed an English language course at Massey followed by a short course in Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Education. These short courses gave me a strong foundation to begin my PhD project.

The best thing about Massey is the strong team of International Student Support.

I am very appreciative of the support and guidance I received from them, and they would kindly help us anytime that we want. Also, my supervisors looked after me very well. They provided lots of valuable suggestions for my study and encourage me to continue my writing. They also gave me spiritual support during my PhD journey, allowing me to maintain a balanced life between my study and family.

My university in Thailand has a MOU with Massey University so this made it easy for me to apply here. My husband also studied his PhD at Massey and we both really enjoyed studying here and raising our children in this country. Palmerston North is a wonderful family town and has very good schools.

As a family, we enjoyed travelling around New Zealand, usually during weekends and long holidays. We visited every university in New Zealand because we saw it as an opportunity to explore high quality universities so we can entice other Thai students to come study in New Zealand. I definitely feel that Massey Palmerston North has the best campus in the country – beautiful nature, laid back feeling and free buses!

After I have completed my PhD I plan to move back to Thailand with my family and be an assistant professor at Maejo University teaching English language to undergraduate science students. I hope to develop a Masters programme in TESOL which will hopefully enter a MOU with Massey. My vision is to use my knowledge and insight from my studies to develop students in my country.



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