Meet the Victorian International Education Award Finalists – Vocational Education and Training

The Victorian International Education Awards (VIEA) recognises outstanding achievement and excellence in international education in Victoria.

These prestigious awards recognise and celebrate leaders in Victoria’s international education sector and the outstanding achievements of international students.

We are pleased to profile our four finalists in the category of Vocational Education and Training. You can check out the finalists for English Language Training here.

Winners of the student awards will be announced on 9 September in Melbourne, Victoria where they will be awarded a scholarship of up to $10,000 for study related expenses at a Victorian educational institution.

Mr Harriyadi Irawan, West Borneo, Indonesia

Studying an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management at William Angliss Institute of TAFE is a dream come true for Harriyadi. “My parents could not afford to help me study overseas. However I never stopped dreaming about my goal to have an overseas education. Tourism and hospitality is my favourite field of study and work. Meeting new people, solving their problems and helping customers is a pleasure.” Harriyadi is also an active volunteer with the Collingwood Information Centre, Jesuit Social Services, and as a City of Melbourne International Student Ambassador.

Mr Vimal Ram, Fiji

A 2012 visit to Australia sparked Vimal’s interest in the local cuisine and variety of food and ingredients available in Victoria. Since beginning his studies at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE he has been a finalist in the Chefs of the Future Cooking competition and will represent SuniTAFE for the AusTAFE culinary trophy. He also acts as a student leader at the institution, one of Vimal’s favourite elements of studying in Victoria. “The joy I get from learning is infectious! I enjoy participating as a student leader to help new international students transition into regional Victoria and assisting as an international student representative for visiting institutions.”

Ms Yuliana Sari, Indonesia

Helping more women become involved in the Information Technology (IT) industry is a passion for Yuliana, who is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology at NMIT.  She remembers her first orientation for new IT students, and thinking she was in the wrong classroom as she was one of only two female students. Since then she has joined ‘Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne’, a community of 1000+ women in science, technology and engineering fields who like to share knowledge and learn from one another. “It is a privilege to help local and international students realise their dreams by discussing their vision and goals and finding out if a certain course is the right one for them.”

Ms Mercedes Wenz, USA

The influence of positive role models when she was a shy teenager inspired Mercedes to pursue a career in youth work.  She is now studying Certificate IV in Youth Work at Chisholm Institute of TAFE and working alongside directors from Youth for Christ (YFC). This includes visits to schools, youth programs, mentoring students and organising student activities.  “Youth work is my passion. I chose to study Youth Work in Australia because Chisholm TAFE provides an excellent pathway of training, learning, and building up of skills in many different ranges of career fields. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to study Youth Work and gain knowledge and experience!”

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