Mina comes from Iran and is pursuing her PhD in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, focusing on Early Childhood Education.
“I love children, and my passion is helping to provide a better education for them. Working as an Early Childhood teacher, I realised the importance of education and curriculum in the early years on children’s development. My doctoral thesis will investigate education and care experiences of toddlers, to explore how these very young children demonstrate agency and competency in decision-making."
In the last year of my masters programme in Malaysia, I was searching for a world-class university to pursue my studies. My supervisor suggested the University of Auckland and, after finding out the high global ranking of the University’s Faculty of Education and Social Work, I decided to apply for the doctoral programme.
“I am grateful for the guidance and advice my supervisors provide, and I like the peaceful environment of Epsom Campus – it has its own unique beauty in every season. I have always wanted an academic job at a university and my hope is that being a PhD student at the University of Auckland might help me find a job here.
“I thought it might be difficult to deal with being thousands of miles away from home, but Auckland’s rich culture and lovely people meant I didn’t feel homesick or lonely. I enjoy Auckland’s outstanding lifestyle, beautiful parks, landscapes and amazing beaches. Aucklanders are so friendly and welcoming, and living in Auckland is super cool.”