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Meet Tan Duc Do, PhD student from Vietnam

Tramping lecturer inspires Tan

Tan Duc Do - PhD in Mathematics, University of Auckland

Vietnamese student Tan Duc Do decided to follow up his Bachelor, Bachelor Honours and Masters’ degrees in Mathematics at the University of Auckland with a PhD because of the inspiring teaching of his supervisor.

“My supervisor, Associate Professor Tom ter Elst, is a great researcher and has made lots of publications,” says Tan.

“Most of the lecturers here are working mathematicians, so they can give insight and inspiration into the subject.

“The mathematics department does a great job of guiding students. We know what is expected of us, and if we have difficulties the department supports us.”

Another benefit of studying in New Zealand has been the relaxed work/life balance, says Tan.

“People here work hard during the week and then they relax in the weekends. My supervisor likes to go tramping in the weekends – that’s his favourite outdoor activity.

“Tom invited me to go along with him to tramp in the Waitakere Ranges. I enjoyed it a lot and now I have taken up tramping myself.”

Tan Duc Do, 
Vietnam

PhD in Mathematics, University of Auckland

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