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Inaugural CISA Excellence Awards honours international student community

INTERNATIONAL student peak body Council of International Students Australia (CISA) presented the inaugural CISA Excellence Awards to various international student groups and leaders at this year’s national conference gala dinner. Meld news and multimedia editors Diane Leow and Julian Tay report. 

CISA International Student of the Year Erlyn Rachelle Macarayan from the University of Queensland accepts her award. Photo: Julian Tay

CISA International Student of the Year Erlyn Rachelle Macarayan from the University of Queensland accepts her award. Photo: Julian Tay

This year’s Council of International Students Australia (CISA) National Conference included a special event to celebrate the international student community’s efforts: The CISA Excellence Awards.

Introduced this year to honour the efforts of student leaders around Australia, the Awards were met with support from both students and industry players.

Awards were given to student associations and student leaders alike. The winners for each category were:

Most Active International Student Club 2014: The Couch, Salvation Army Melbourne
Best International Student Event 2014: One World Festival, Monash University International Student Service
International Student Association of the Year: FilOz, University of QueenslandMost Inspiring Student of the Year 2014: Erlyn Rachelle Macarayan, University of Queensland
Postgraduate Student of the Year 2014: Ishaku Lemu Haruna, Swinburne University of Technology
Undergraduate Student of the Year 2014: Carys Xi-Wen Chan, Australian National University
VET International Student of the Year 2014: Maycon Rocha Cavalcante, Sydney TAFE
Pre-University International Student of the Year 2014: Stephanie Yong Ern Chee, Queensland University of Technology

 

Look out for our exclusive interview with International Student Association of the Year FilOz UQ’s president, Undergraduate Student of the Year Ms Carys Chan, and Most Inspiring Student of the Year Ms Erlyn Rachelle Macarayan!

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