IT was a proud and surreal moment for Chinese student Yuanbin Wei, who was named International Student of the Year in the Higher Education category at the Victorian International Education Awards. In the first of many interviews with award winners and finalists, Marina Solomon brings you the stories worth celebrating.
Monash University’s Masters of Teaching student Yuanbin Wei is the winner of this year’s Victorian International Educational Awards for Higher Education.
Ms Wei, from China, has spent the past six years in Melbourne. She is also currently a China Study Teaching Assistant at Monash University.
The Higher Education Award is presented to one international student who has undertaken an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a Victorian university. This award celebrates the student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievements and has contributed to the internationalisation of their institution as well as the Victorian community.
Yuanbin’s move to Melbourne was inspired by a Chinese TV drama that was made in Australia, she loved the scenery and decided to come to Melbourne after high school.
She is an avid lover of the Melbourne lifestyle and its multicultural atmosphere, even considering Melbourne her second home. She has also spent some time working in Chinese language programs within two different schools around Gippsland, and is now an active volunteer in community developments.
She shares her thoughts below:
Mr Ishaku Lemu Haruna, Nigeria
Masters of Science (Biotechnology) – Swinburne University
Mr Haruna commends the services for international students offered by Swinburne University. He credits this department for helping him to be successful in his studies. Ishaku has been invited to share his story of being an international student, with various student groups.
Ms Withitaporn Sangprakong, Thailand
Associate Degree in Business – NMIT
Ms Sangprakong decided to take the opportunity to gain new experiences when she came to Melbourne. She has claimed the title of Student Ambassador for the city of Melbourne and has even volunteered with ASEAN Games and ASEAN Youth Summit, where she had the opportunity to showcase her Thai culture in the Australia Day Parade. Ms Sangprakong found that volunteering gained her new experiences, perspectives and skills.
Ms Karena Kam Yan Wong, Hong Kong
Bachelor of Commerce – Monash University
Karena, inspired by her elder sister, decided to come study in Melbourne. She has worked alongside autistic children and their families through the Autism Behaviour Intervention Association. Karena has thoroughly enjoyed her time as an international student, including non-academic aspects. She won the 2013 Malaysia Australia Business Competition.
The Victorian International Educational Awards (VIEA) is an awards ceremony that celebrates leaders in Victoria’s international sector, highlighting the achievements of both institutions and international students furthering their education from Victoria’s highly spoken of education services.