Fundraising for local charities, volunteering at aged care facilities and coordinating homestay accommodation are just some of the notable ventures up for nomination.
Organised by StudyNSW within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the awards see 18 students and organisations nominated in the categories of ‘English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students’ (ELICOS); ‘Higher Education’, ‘Schools’, ‘Vocational Education and Training’ (VET), ‘Business/Community Group Engagement’ and ‘Education Provider’.
Mr Ayres said hard-working international students make an enormous contribution to the rich cultural fabric of NSW.
“The nominees have shown selfless dedication to their local communities and institutions,” Mr Ayres said.
“They have been involved in a number of projects, from arranging social events to raising funds for local charities and mentoring new students from overseas – all in addition to their academic commitments.
“It can be intimidating to start at a new school, in a new country, where life as you know it is very different. Our finalists have not only adapted to their new lives and studies but have gone out of their way to contribute to the experience of other students or people in their community.”
The NSW International Student Awards celebrate outstanding contributions made by international students to communities in NSW, and acknowledge the organisations that support international students with community programs and initiatives.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, 13 October. Details of the nominated students and organisations are attached.
For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au/internationalstudentawards.