TAFE NSW students feature in inaugural award

Hayley Ward displays her award and certificate.

TAFE NSW students featured prominently in the inaugural NSW Premier's International Student of the Year Award, winning one category and being among the finalists for two others.

Hayley Ward, a community welfare graduate from the Northern Sydney Institute's Northern Beaches College, won the vocational education and training (VET) category.

Ms Ward, from the United Kingdom, was highly commended for her volunteer work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. In particular, she was praised for her enthusiasm, cultural sensitivity, and passion for her work.

"I believe now I have a greater understanding of the difficulties faced by non-English speaking students and have tried where I can to assist them," Ms Ward said.

The awards—which were announced at the International Students Festival at Darling Harbour in Sydney on 6 March—also included categories for schools, English language and higher education.

Of the 25 finalists from 19 countries, 10 were from TAFE NSW institutes and NSW public schools. In addition to Hayley Ward, the finalists included:

  • Chengkheang Chhuon (Cambodia) - Kogarah High School
     
  • Sadika Gazi Krinton (Bangladesh) - Beverly Hills Girls High School
     
  • Babak Mahmoudy Nowbar (Iran) - Callaghan College Jesmond Senior campus
     
  • Yuting Wang (Peoples Republic of China) - Blakehurst High School
     
  • Abdulaziz Alkadi (Saudi Arabia) - TAFE NSW Hunter Institute English Language Centre
     
  • Ming-Hung (Alex) Chang (Peoples Republic of China) - TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute
     
  • Atif Prince (Pakistan) - TAFE NSW Sydney Institute St George College
     
  • Jesty Salvatierra (Philippines) - TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute Mount Druitt College
     
  • Niloufar Yazdan Kia (Iran) - TAFE NSW Hunter Institute Newcastle College.

Thousands of students, along with family and friends, enjoyed the festival entertainment, which included Little Blak Dress, winners of the 2010 TAFE NSW band competition.

There are 230,000 international students currently enrolled in NSW.

Find out more information about international student programs at the DET International website.

Photo: Award-winner Hayley Ward.

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