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Wan Noraini Wan Mansor – PhD candidate – under examination

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The Settling-in Experience of International PhD Students’ Trailing Partners within New Zealand

Research Outline

Studies on trailing partners of international postgraduate students are rarely looked into ever since international education became a common occurrence worldwide. Wan’s doctoral study seeks to understand the settling-in experiences of dual-career couples (the international PhD students and their partners) who are involved in international education relocation. Specifically, the students’ trailing partners who were previously employed in their home countries and have travelled to New Zealand to accompany their partners to pursue doctoral degrees.
Those who undergo similar situation are invited to share the experience. By participating in this project, you and your partner could share your personal opinions, feelings, knowledge and recommendations regarding your living experiences as an international PhD student and a trailing partner in New Zealand. This may serve as guidance for others, especially the future dual-career students’ couples.

Wan welcomes any comments and questions related to this topic.

Read Wan's profile in the 'OtagoPost'.


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Papers Presented

Wan Mansor , W.N. (2014). Voices of the Neglected Society. Do They Need to be Entertained or Ignored? Oral presentation at 25th. International Association for Business and Society Conference. Sydney, Australia. 20 June.

Wan Mansor, W. N. (2012). Goodbye Career, Hello Love: The Experience of Trailing Spouses in International Education Relocation in New Zealand. Paper presented at Postgraduate Student Colloquium, School of Business, University of Otago. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2 October.


I started my career with the Government of Malaysia in 2002. I took a career break in 2012 and travelled thousands of miles away from home to New Zealand to pursue a PhD degree in Management at School of Business, University of Otago. I am not alone in this foreign land. I am accompanied by my husband who is currently on unpaid leave from his current employer. My three kids also joined me here to venture into a new life experience. As an international PhD student who came to New Zealand with family, I went through numerous ups and downs while settling in this new environment. Nonetheless, I am certain that my temporary stay in this country will be an unforgettable journey.

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