Zimbabwean student Rumbidzaishe Mazhura won the 2016 NSW International Student of the Year Award in the vocational education and training category at a special ceremony at Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 11 October.
Rumbidzaishe (also known as Rumbi) said receiving a state-wide award was “the cherry on top” at an event where she connected with other inspiring young people hoping to make a difference.
“For me this award is so much more than just a glass plaque. It means I’m in a country where people support me and it’s motivated me to do more.
Ms Mazhura, 21, emigrated from Zimbabwe in January 2015 and studied at Hunter TAFE for a Certificate 4 in Community Work. She will complete a Diploma in Business Administration this year and hopes to study engineering next year. She has also been volunteering with World Vision’s youth movement VGen; the United Nations and Red Cross, working in aged care and blogging about feminism.
The annual awards recognise outstanding contribution of international students across the state.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres presented five exceptional international students with individual awards in addition to two awards for community engagement initiatives led by students.
“Last year more than 242,000 international students made NSW their preferred study destination and these awards aim to acknowledge the incredible contributions these students make to their community and the broader cultural fabric of NSW,” Mr Ayres said.
“This year, students from Nepal, Spain, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia have undertaken a wide range of inspirational projects to improve social justice, the lives of women and children and fundraise for overseas disasters.
“It’s the work of these extraordinary individuals which make our community stronger, safer and better for all of those who live and study in it,” Mr Ayres said.