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Bright Future Ahead for Reannz Internship Recipient

Bright Future Ahead for Reannz Internship Recipient

Crown-owned company REANNZ (Research & Education Advanced Network New Zealand) is delighted to announce the recipient of its inaugural Future Funds tertiary scholarship programme for 2016.

Se-Young Yu, a PHD student from the University of Auckland has been selected to take part in the 10-week placement from March to May 2016, based at REANNZ head office in Wellington.

Yu’s area of research is high-speed data networks, looking at the performance of network protocols as network latency increases. Yu ran experiments over the 100Gbps Trans-Pacific network that REANNZ arranged in 2014, as well as over the existing REANNZ network connections. His Ph.D. dissertation, “Analysis of high-speed data transfer protocols”, was submitted at the end of 2015 and he expects to defend his thesis early in 2016.

As well as the opportunity to work alongside some of the country’s best and brightest IT minds, Se-Young will receive technical mentoring, professional development and business guidance. He is also eligible to apply for up to $3,000 of travel support.

REANNZ CEO, Nicole Ferguson, says, “Se-Young stood out as a highly talented candidate with impressive knowledge of how high-speed data networks work. We’re really looking forward to having Se-Young on board, to help him further his IT knowledge and skillset.”

Se-Young Yu says, “It’s an absolute honour to receive the REANNZ Future Funds scholarship. I’m incredibly passionate about this industry and am excited about putting my skills to the test as well as gain valuable work experience from some of the best IT people in the country.”

Future Funds is part of a wider effort by REANNZ to contribute to the up-skilling of New Zealand’s future IT workforce.

This is an issue that Ferguson says has become increasingly relevant following a recent burst of growth in the sector, which has led to a significant shortage of talent, both here and overseas.

“Future Funds is intended to give candidates the opportunity to challenge themselves – they’ll be exposed to a wide range of development opportunities, in the context of a really fast-paced working environment. It’ll be a steep learning curve, but we hope it will stand recipients, like Se Young, in great stead when they set out on their career in IT, down the line,” Ferguson concludes.

For further details regarding the Future Funds scholarship, visit


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