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​Zimbabwean student Rumbidzaishe Mazhura admits she did not initially realise the significance of being announced as a finalist for International Student of the Year. “I thought it was just nice news at first and I rang my mother and she was so excited,” she said. “Then I thought, ‘Maybe it is a big deal.’”
The Hunter TAFE student is a finalist in the 2016 Study NSW International Student Awards, which will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, 11 October.
It was the “relaxed beach lifestyle” that first attracted Rumbidzaishe (known as Rumbie) to Newcastle. She is currently studying a Diploma in Business Administration at Hunter TAFE and says that her experience there further cemented her fondness for the city. “I just love the TAFE teachers and how open-minded they are,” she said.
Hunter TAFE Institute Director, Christine Warrington, is attending the awards and is impressed by Rumbie’s achievements. “We are thrilled that Rumbie has been named a finalist,” she said. “She is someone who is known by her peers and teachers as having a great generosity of spirit. She is a wonderful ambassador for Hunter TAFE.”

Rumbie’s volunteer work outside of her studies also contributed to her being an excellent contender for International Student of the Year. She was a member of VGen World Vision NSW National Team for the years 2015-2016. VGen is a group made up of young people who are empowered to take action on issues of global poverty and injustice.
She is also a member of UN Youth Australia NSW which is a national youth-led organisation that aims to educate and empower young Australians on global issues and she is involved with many of the campaigns and activities they plan.
Additionally, Rumbie is involved with Red Cross Australia and is a Youth Member/Team member and is involved with planning social inclusions for people of all ages, which include the elderly and the disadvantaged groups in Australia.