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Hunter TAFE's international students were acknowledged in a special celebration last week. The event acknowledged around forty students from nations, including Zimbabwe, Korea, Kenya, Pakistan, Germany, South Africa and Chile, who have recently completed their studies.
 
Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cr Nuatali Nelmes, and Hunter TAFE Institute Director, Christine Warrington, attended the event, which included a presentation to recent International Student of the Year, Rumbidzaishe Mazhura, of Zimbabwe, as well as entertainment by former International Student of the Year and musician, Berias Masseque, of Mozambique.
 
“This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contribution that our international students make to the region,” Ms Warrington said. “We are proud that an increasing number of students from many global locations choose to study at Hunter TAFE and we want to ensure that we celebrate with them their successes, both while they are studying here and throughout their careers.”
 
Arnaud Goncalvez, from New Caledonia, was one of the international students who was acknowledged with an academic achievement award at the event. Mr Goncalvez, 24, was announced as the Industry & Resources Student of the Year, after completing the Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology at Hunter TAFE’s Kurri Kurri campus.
 
Mr Goncalvez, who is employed by construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu in Noumea, said Hunter TAFE was the obvious choice for him. “There is a close working relationship between Komatsu and Hunter TAFE so when I told my boss that I wanted to study here it made sense,” he said.