The outstanding and invaluable contribution to communities made by the State’s international students was recognised at the 2015 NSW International Student Awards at the Sydney Opera House, organised by StudyNSW within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

“The NSW International Student Awards enables the State to showcase the excellence of our international students and to celebrate the array of global cultures making a difference in our classrooms and communities,” Mr Ayres said.

 

Dunya Alruhami (Iraq) with Minister Ayres for Higher Education Award.

Dunya Alruhami (Iraq) with Minister Ayres for Higher Education Award.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres officiated at the awards ceremony and congratulated the winners of four International Student of the Year awards. Winners included Dunya Alruhami, from Iraq, who won the Higher Education category, Zaki Haidari (Afghanistan) who took out Vocational Education and Training (VET) Award and Ms Samah Talal Abdulmawla, from Saudi Arabia was a finalist for the International Student of the Year (ELICOS).

“The benefits will continue long after tonight’s winners and finalists have returned home; their presence here has strengthened our links with the international community and have no doubt created connections that will thrive over time.” said Mr Ayres.

Zaki Haidari (Afghanistan) for VET Award.

Zaki Haidari (Afghanistan) for VET Award.

The finalists’ initiatives included generating social opportunities for isolated immigrants, acting as interpreters, mentoring new students, fundraising for a range of charities and training new swimmers in water and surf safety.

For the full list of winners visit www.nsw.gov.au/internationalstudentawards