2016 has proved to be an award-winning year for our international students!
International Student of the Year Nomination
Bendigo international student Alonso Navarro Mendosa (from Mexico) has been shortlisted by the Victorian Government for their annual education awards in the category, International Student of the Year.
Alonso works tirelessly at the Bendigo campus as a student host and volunteer. He is studying Masters of Community Planning and Development and is passionate about actively engaging with the community, both on and off campus.
Winners of the 2016 Victorian International Education Awards will be announced at a special ceremony at Government House on 21 November.
Residential Services 2016 Awards
Four international students were honoured in this year’s Residential Services Awards announced at a Gala Dinner in October. Students were presented with their awards by Professor Russell Hoye, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Development.
Ms. Aadya Nagpal (from India) was awarded overall highest academic achiever in residential services across all campuses. Aadya is studying Bachelor of Bioscience and commenced her course in March 2014.
Aadya says the best part about living on campus is, ‘living with people from such diverse backgrounds and making so many new friends; it’s like travelling to multiple countries while still living here! Also, it really helps me save a lot of time since I can get to my classes in 5 minutes. I also enjoy attending the social events organised by residential services. I would just say living on campus has really added to my overall experience of being a university student.’
Samantha Carneiro (from India) was awarded for postgraduate academic achievement (University Lodge and Graduate House). Samantha is studying Master of Physiotherapy Practice and commenced her course in January 2015.
Two other international students were honoured at the ceremony, but unable to attend. Jonathan Wen Jun Ting (from Malaysia), who is studying Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice, was awarded Melbourne Campus highest achiever. Ruojin Huang (from China), who is studying Bachelor of Finance, was awarded highest academic achiever in the Menzies College.
La Trobe Student Union 2016 Awards
The annual Student Union Awards also recognised the achievements of our international students.
The 2016 award for La Trobe University International Student of the Year went to Ankur Rastogi. Ankur is from India and commenced his Masters of Professional Accounting in November 2015. Ankur was selected for his outstanding contribution to student life – including being an enthusiastic student host who welcomes new students to campus at the start of semester.
The 2016 La Trobe Student Union Leadership Award went to Dang Manh Dao, or ‘Mike’ as he prefers to be known, from Vietnam. Mike is studying Master of Business Information Management and Systems and commenced in March 2015. Mike became president of the Vietnamese Students Association within weeks of arriving in Melbourne and has continued his passionate leadership of the club as they fundraise for charity, support Vietnamese students on campus, and enthusiastically raise awareness of Vietnamese culture, food, and language amongst the University community.