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Dr Supornphan (Tu) Konchiab

Supornphan Konchiab

PhD in Education 2015

Lecturer of English, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna

I came to Massey University because it is one of the leading universities in the education field. I moved to Palmerston North from Chiang Mai and lived there for six years. I enjoyed living in ‘Palmy’ because the people are friendly and it has easy access to everything you need like supermarkets, gardens and playgrounds for kids, and the library.

The best things about studying at Massey were the environment, facilities and staff that supported me through my PhD journey. Although challenging, I enjoyed my time at Massey because of the academic support I received from my supervisors, and the kind support from my colleagues and Thai friends.

My favourite moments in New Zealand were when I attended graduation ceremonies of friends and colleagues. Sharing this happy moment and seeing their achievements always motivated me to keep on going to achieve my goal.

During my study, I was lucky to travel around the north and south islands of New Zealand. I often joined the short trips with the International Students Support team. My husband and I also did two big trips around New Zealand and we found it to be very safe and convenient. I love the nature of the country, and I would suggest to all international students to visit as many places around New Zealand as they can because it’s a wonderful experience.

Since graduating I have been working for Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna as a lecturer of English in the English for International Communication (EIC) programme. I am also in charge of developing and improving EIC curriculum, and conducting research in the field of teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

Studying at Massey helped me get a promotion when I resumed work, and now I have been assigned to do many tasks to help student’s learning and staff professional development. I hope to be promoted to Assistant Professor within the next two years so I plan to do more research related to teaching English for Thai students and to make publication.

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