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Read our 2018 digital version of Insight, the magazine for AUT alumni.

The magazine includes information about AUT’s notable alumni succeeding overseas and showcases some of our best academic research and innovation, community and global achievements as well as alumni related events taking place all around the world and opportunities for further study.

Insight Magazine 2017

Alumni news

Great graduates gather in Singapore

Great graduates gather in Singapore

Around 50 alumni and industry representatives gathered AUT’s first Singapore alumni event at private members club 1880, not far from the Singapore River.

City Campus’ newest building now open

City Campus’ newest building now open

The WZ building – the new home of our School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences – represents a new way of teaching and learning for AUT.

Prestigious scholarship for AUT alumna

Prestigious scholarship for AUT alumna

Master of Arts alumna Melissa Derby, of Ngāti Ranginui descent, has been awarded a Fulbright-Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga Graduate Award.

AUT alumnus creates new Netflix series

AUT alumnus creates new Netflix series

Kiwi journalist and filmmaker David Farrier has completed work on Dark Tourist, a Netflix series set to debut later this month.

AUT rises in Asia-Pacific rankings

AUT rises in Asia-Pacific rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) released its Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2018. AUT has climbed 17 places on last year and is now ranked number 84.

Communications alumni reconnect with AUT

Communications alumni reconnect with AUT

Over 120 communication studies alumni attended an exclusive event hosted by the School of Communication Studies and AUT’s alumni department.

Alumna scoops top art prize

Alumna scoops top art prize

AUT visual arts alumna Angela Tiatia was awarded the prestigious Ravenswood Australian women's art prize recently for her video The Fall.

Delivering work-ready graduates

Delivering work-ready graduates

AUT has opened a full-service, on-campus recruitment agency today, to help New Zealand employers engage work-ready students and graduates.

Microsoft takes AUT student across globe

Microsoft takes AUT student across globe

Second-year Bachelor of Health Science student Jackie Chan is travelling across the globe as a Microsoft Student Partner.

AUT alumnus awarded bravery medal

AUT alumnus awarded bravery medal

Paramedicine alumnus Andrew Roy was one of ten citizens awarded a Royal Humane Society of New Zealand silver medal for bravery.

Young leaders link corporates & culture

Young leaders link corporates & culture

Māori and Pacific interns are bringing unique skills and knowledge to workplaces through the TupuToa programme

Internship fosters passion for events

Internship fosters passion for events

From studying to gaining an internship at the SKYCITY Breakers and securing a role at 2degrees – AUT alumna Maddy Elgar took advantage of any opportunity.

London calling for AUT law scholar

London calling for AUT law scholar

AUT Law School graduate to gain work experience in the heart of the British criminal law system after receiving Pegasus Scholarship

Prime Minister recognises AUT students

Prime Minister recognises AUT students

Hazel Umaga and Taylor McDonald are winners of the 2018 Pacific Youth Awards.

Improving trade ties with Vietnam

Improving trade ties with Vietnam

AUT alumnus Mitchell Pham has possibly done more to improve trade ties with Vietnam than any other New Zealander.

AUT student links with US-NZ leaders

AUT student links with US-NZ leaders

AUT business and law student Charle Megala is appointed to the US Embassy’s New Zealand Youth Council for 2018.

Journalism award for Māori media grad

Journalism award for Māori media grad

Te Karere reporter Te Okiwa McLean of Ngāi Tūhoe has won a Broadcast Media Award at the 2018 New Zealand Respiratory Awards.

AUT first in NZ to use Xero Lifelong Learning Platform

AUT first in NZ to use Xero Lifelong Learning Platform

Accounting students at AUT Business School developing skills via Xero’s purpose-built teaching and learning platform.

AUT grads handpicked by major companies

AUT grads handpicked by major companies

28 AUT graduates have been chosen by major companies – including Facebook, Westpac, Lululemon and Allbirds – to be interns in their North American offices.

AUT increases presence in QS subject rankings

AUT increases presence in QS subject rankings

New global rankings show AUT now has 13 subjects ranked, with two of them featuring in the top 50 in the world.

AUT Grad wins Australia’s most prestigious graphic design award

AUT Grad wins Australia’s most prestigious graphic design award

Communication Design graduate Alistair McCready has won Australia’s single top graphic design award.

Fresh start drives passion for justice

Fresh start drives passion for justice

Benjamin Mugisho came to New Zealand as a young man, having spent almost 10 years without his family when his home in the Democratic Republic of Congo was torn apart by war. Since then he has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Bachelor of Laws at AUT.

Tourism grad takes her skills to Brazil

Tourism grad takes her skills to Brazil

During her studies, Bachelor of International Tourism Management alumna Anna Rowlands took advantage of an international work opportunity.

Anna spent her final-year work placement for the Tourism Integrated Learning paper – the workplace experience tourism students complete in their third year at AUT – at Latino Australia Education (LAE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Māori media grad lands US internship

Māori media grad lands US internship

AUT Bachelor of Māori Development alumna Matilda Poasa was selected from more than 250 applicants to intern at the Sundance Institute in Los Angeles.

The internship is an opportunity to give Native Americans a voice in the Sundance Film Festival. She received this internship thanks to the AUT Internz International Scholarships Programme.

Alumni launch AR-enabled app

Alumni launch AR-enabled app

On Waitangi Day, AUT alumni launched the world's first AR-enabled Māori alphabet colouring book.

Aotearoa start-up Titan Ideas has launched an augmented reality (AR) app, called Zippy's 3D Colouring App, that takes kids on adventures through educational cultural stories.

AUT student joins advisory group

AUT student joins advisory group

Communication studies student Arizona Leger was recently appointed to a Ministerial Advisory Group to review the current state of NCEA.

Bachelor of Communication Studies student Arizona Leger recently joined a group of innovative thinkers from across the education sector on a Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with reviewing NCEA.

Finding opportunity

Aucklander Will Seal is a public affairs specialist who currently works for the US Consulate in Auckland. He recently spoke at a careers development day for Auckland Grammar School students where he explained what his role as Senior Public Affairs Specialist involves, and as an alumnus of AUT, offered great advice for young people thinking about careers and university.

AUT visited Beijing and Shanghai

AUT visited Beijing and Shanghai in late 2017 to meet with international alumni. The hugely popular events saw 200 alumni attend, some of whom had travelled for over 10 hours by night train to attend. Hear from some of our academic staff and AUT representatives about what makes the AUT experience so rewarding.

Filming Africa’s wild beauty with AUT Communications alumnus

Filming Africa’s wild beauty with AUT Communications alumnus

Julian Braatvedt is an AUT Communications alumni, who now works as a wildlife cameraman. He had the opportunity to work throughout Africa, filming everything from gorillas in Rwanda to elephants in Malawi.

Find out more about him and his career

Diversity at AUT

Diversity at AUT

Diversity has always been part of the mix of Aotearoa New Zealand. Diversity encourages us to imagine other worlds and other lives in the interstices beyond the binary oppositions in which we entrap ourselves.

AUT in New York

AUT in New York

AUT hosted high-profile guests and alumni at a recent gala event in New York.

The event, held at the Water Club in Manhattan was held in conjunction with Kea New Zealand and AUT. Kea is an international network that aims to connect Kiwis and New Zealand businesses globally.

Alumna making waves at Uber

AUT alumna Jenna Hannon is now the Growth Marketing Manager for Uber USA. She studied Marketing at AUT and was able to use these valuable skills in San Francisco, which landed her a role at Uber. One of her highlights at Uber is working with people across the world on a daily basis.

Scam Warning: Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni (WANA)

Scam Warning: Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni (WANA)

We have been made aware an organisation calling itself Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni (WANA) that has been contacting alumni from AUT and other New Zealand institutions offering a professional alumni network service for a fee. This is a known scam.

AUT Fashion Alumna Lucie is always in Vogue

AUT Fashion Design alumna Lucie Sutichunta is thriving in her role as fashion and lifestyle writer at Vogue Thailand. Lucie’s time as a student at AUT opened her eyes to the world of fashion, along with internships with Trelise Cooper and Karen Walker and Jeremy Scott in Los Angeles.

AUT Alumni Thailand Event 2017

AUT Alumni Event held in Bangkok, Thailand, brought AUT alumni, local Thai businesses, industry professionals, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and relevant government officials together for an evening networking event. AUT Alumni can be found in every corner of the world, and it’s important to the university to maintain relationships with our far-flung alumni, events such as this one are a great way to keep in touch.

AUT Alumni Vietnam Event 2017

AUT Alumni Event held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, brought AUT alumni, Vietnamese businesses, industry professionals and relevant government officials together for an evening networking event. AUT Alumni can be found in every corner of the world, and it’s important to the university to maintain relationships with our far-flung alumni, events such as this one are a great way to keep in touch.

Courage under fire

Courage under fire

While a cancer diagnosis can be a frightening and uncertain time, AUT Business School alumna Kamya Ghose, 25, turned her personal situation into an empowering business idea.

Amazing AUT graduates - Simon Waters and Jens Steinigen

Amazing AUT graduates - Simon Waters and Jens Steinigen

AUT graduates are behind an innovative company who just launched a $100k Kickstarter campaign. The REYEDR is a heads-up display that attaches to your motorcycle helmet and shows you speed, navigation, distance and more.

MBA alumni learn the value of telling stories when doing business

MBA alumni learn the value of telling stories when doing business

AUT's MBA alumni learnt how to employ communication skills to create a strong and lasting presence in the workplace, at a recent networking event.

Float Studios sails across the Tasman

Float Studios sails across the Tasman

Float Studios, a business started by six Bachelor of Creative Technologies alumni while they were studying at AUT, has recently been acquired by Sydney-based technology company Finch. Four of the team will move to Australia to head Finch’s VR and innovation team, while Float Studios will continue releasing games from New Zealand with Jake and Charlie working on VR and graphic design.