Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Leo Lai

Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Student Meeting Goals and Thriving

When Leo arrived in New Zealand from Taiwan he set himself goals while he studied towards his Bachelor of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering with Honours at Massey University. Leo wanted to explore New Zealand’s beautiful natural environment, do well in his studies and make friends with people from all different parts of the world. Even though there were doubts about finding a balance between hobbies, study and friends, he has accomplished just that.

“Studying at tertiary level and being able to have fun can be achievable, it is just a matter of making time.”

From his new home in Palmerston North, Leo has had the opportunity to make friends from Australia, Europe, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and, of course, New Zealand.

Leo is heavily involved in laboratory experiments as part of his study and works hard for his results. “I have always been a problem solver and I wanted to develop this strength further, so this degree ticked all the right boxes.” For Leo his degree has been a rewarding journey, with lecturers who know him by name, and genuinely want to help him become ‘work ready’. His father played a significant role in Leo’s decision to study in New Zealand.

Twelve years ago, during a visit to New Zealand, Leo’s father identified New Zealand as safe country with excellent opportunities for advancement. “The nature experience here is a big draw card for me.”One of Leo’s favourite sites is the Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge

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experience, only fifteen minutes from Palmerston North, which he tries to visit as often as he can.

Today Leo resides permanently in New Zealand, and has now been joined by his whole family. Not only has New Zealand proved to be the right choice for his family, but Leo has also been able to achieve his high goals.

Leo continues his study towards a Masters in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. With New Zealand’s excellent reputation in the worldwide food and dairy industry his study is surely moving him towards playing a big part in this growth industry.