Recognising outstanding international students

16 June 2015

Winners and supporters from the 2014 International Student Awards

It's time to recognise and celebrate the contributions that international students make to their fellow students, educational institutions and their community. Nominations for 2015 NSW International Student Awards are now open.

International students work hard at their studies, but many of them also contribute to the community by organising group activities and events at their school, college or university or do volunteer work for charities.

The achievements of last year's winners included advocating for and representing other international students, working with refugees, teaching children to sing, helping young people at risk, and mentoring students.

About the 2015 Awards

Two Awards will be presented. The International Student of The Year Award showcases the initiatives and achievements of international students in NSW and students are nominated by their Education Provider.

The International Student Community Engagement Award recognises the initiatives of organisations and groups that help international students connect with the community and vice versa. This is made in two categories – an education provider, either university or vocational training, and a business or community group.

Nominations close on 4 August and winners will be announced at a major event in Sydney in October.

A dynamic and multicultural education sector

NSW boasts a dynamic and multicultural education sector that caters for domestic and international students across a wide range of fields. The international education sector, valued at about $5.8 billion a year, is an important contributor to the NSW economy.

International students add to the diversity of our community and share new ideas and perspectives with their fellow students. In 2014, there were just over 219,000 international student enrolments in our State – this is an increase of almost 12 per cent compared to 2013.

StudyNSW: positioning NSW as a leader of international education

The NSW Government established StudyNSW to increase the number of international students studying in NSW or with our education providers overseas, improve the quality of their experience while in the State and recognise their contributions to our communities.

StudyNSW is a dedicated unit within NSW Trade & Investment responsible for delivering the 10-year international education strategy outlined in the Industry Action Plan and positioning NSW in key markets as a leader in international education.

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