Cait­lyn in China on schol­ar­ship

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A re­cip­i­ent of two DairyNZ schol­ar­ships, Cait­lyn Poole, has re­cently ar­rived in China on an ex­cit­ing and pres­ti­gious new schol­ar­ship — a Prime Min­is­ter’s Schol­ar­ship for Asia.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s schol­ar­ship gives young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to study any­where in Asia to strengthen their un­der­stand­ing of other cul­tures and build in­ter­na­tional skills.

Cait­lyn has cho­sen to study Man­darin in China and is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity. She has a strong in­ter­est in the im­por­tance of China as an ex­port mar­ket for New Zealand, after grow­ing up on a dairy farm and be­ing ex­posed to China fo­cused dis­cus­sions.

“I’m re­ally hon­oured to have this op­por­tu­nity. Suc­cess in China is built on re­la­tion­ships — it’s re­ally im­por­tant to be able to com­mu­ni­cate and un­der­stand how peo­ple in China work and do busi­ness,” says Cait­lyn.

A key aim of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Schol­ar­ship for Asia is to strengthen New Zealand’s abil­ity to en­gage with key Asian trad­ing part­ners.

Cait­lyn, 24, has stud­ied Man­darin as part of her univer­sity stud­ies in New Zealand and is look­ing for­ward to fur­ther de­vel­op­ing her lan­guage skills. In China, she will first un­der­take an in­ten­sive six-week lan­guage course and will then study Man­darin at Chengdu Univer­sity 30-40 hours a week for six months.

Chengdu is an in­land city in south-west China with 14 mil­lion peo­ple.

“It will be re­ally great to im­merse my­self in the cul­ture and to min­gle with Chi­nese stu­dents.”

Cait­lyn grew up in ru­ral South Taranaki then Te Awa­mutu in Waikato. She went to school at Sa­cred Heart Girls’ Col­lege in Hamil­ton be­fore study­ing at Massey Univer­sity on two DairyNZ schol­ar­ships. Her first schol­ar­ship was for an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in agri­cul­tural sci­ence and her sec­ond for a master’s de­gree in an­i­mal sci­ence. Her master’s the­sis was on the as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween sup­ple­men­tary feed­ing and the post-graz­ing resid­ual.

Cait­lyn says the sup­port she re­ceived via her DairyNZ schol­ar­ships was amaz­ing. She stud­ied at the DairyNZ of­fices where she re­ceived in­sights from ex­perts in the sec­tor and at­tended events where she could lis­ten to in­spir­ing peo­ple.

This is Cait­lyn’s sec­ond time in China. She worked for three months ear­lier this year as an in­tern for the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade, in the New Zealand Con­sulate — also in Chengdu. That ex­pe­ri­ence was made pos­si­ble by an Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion Busi­ness In­tern­ship Schol­ar­ship.

Her role in­cluded or­gan­is­ing NZ cul­tural events, do­ing re­search for re­ports and at­tend­ing sem­i­nars where busi­nesses and other for­eign con­sulates shared in­sights into over­com­ing chal­lenges that en­trepreneurs and start-ups ex­pe­ri­ence in China. Cait­lyn also at­tended meet­ings with New Zealand Trade and En­ter­prise.

Cait­lyn Poole.

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