Shuang Zhang named ELICOS NSW International Student of the Year

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

University of Newcastle postgraduate student Shuang Zhang is the 2020 ELICOS NSW International Student of the Year.

Shuang Zhang

Designed to recognise outstanding international students, education providers and organisations, the 2020 NSW International Student Awards were announced by Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, at Government House Sydney.

Currently completing a PhD in Construction Management (Building), Shuang is a University of Newcastle volunteer who touches the lives of students and staff at many university events, particularly those that benefit ELICOS students.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed to enable international students to develop their English language skills for a variety of purposes. Shuang completed her own ELICOS course in 2019 before starting her Doctorate.

High-spirited, dedicated to community, and passionate about spending her time to help those in need, Shuang is a multiculturalism champion on campus.

She proactively works to bridge academic, professional and cultural gaps between Australia and her homeland, China. She has organised Chinese alumni to share their industry experience with students and continues to facilitate weekly ‘Lucky Lantern’ workshops on campus.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Mark Hoffman, said Shuang’s contribution to student life at the University of Newcastle was remarkable.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for our international student community. This year has seen extraordinary generosity, kindness and leadership among our students.

“I congratulate Shuang on this highly deserved award and thank her for the many contributions she makes to supporting her fellow students, making their university experience a memorable one.”

Shuang continues to make significant contributions to her local and global communities through her work with the University of Newcastle Students’ Association (UNSA) International Students' Wing and the Australia-China Youth Association.

The 12 finalists for the NSW International Student of the Year Awards are from diverse backgrounds and countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, England, Mozambique, Nepal, South Korea, United States and Vietnam – and represent all level of education in NSW.

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