International student of the year

Peer mentor, student advocate and fundraiser - Stephen Chikazaza has won a NSW International Student of the Year Award for his community service.

Stephen winner inside

Zimbabwean-born postgraduate student, Stephen Chikazaza, has won a NSW International Student of the Year Award.

The award, in the Higher Education category, recognises Stephen's fundraising efforts for disaster relief, his participation in peer mentoring programs and his role on the Student Representative Council.

The 30-year-old is enrolled in a Master of Integrated Design at UNSW's College of Fine Arts.

Stephen exemplifies community spirit and has maintained an excellent academic record while being involved in all aspects of student life in Sydney, notes the award citation.

"Winning the award is a great honour for my family and those that have invested in me, especially Student Development International at UNSW," he said.

The inaugural awards, presented across four categories, were announced on Sunday at the International Student Festival held at Darling Harbour.

The winners were among 25 finalists from 19 countries nominated for the awards, including two other UNSW students, Telma Joana and Melody Wang.

Telma Joana, a General Practitioner from Timor-Leste, won an AusAID scholarship to UNSW to study a Master of International Public Health and Health Management. Earlier this year she received a Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Award.

Melody Wang, 19, a former student of Blakehurst High School, is studying music and education at UNSW. She moved to Sydney from China two years ago.

Read a profile of Stephen in the Sydney Morning Herald.

More information on the awards is available at the Festival's Facebook page.

Media contact:: Denise Knight, UNSW Media Office, 02 9385 8920