Mechanical engineering student wins the NSW International Student of the Year Award for 2013

11 October 2013

Mechanical engineering student Leticia Luiz winner of NSW International Student of the Year
Leticia Luiz, winner of NSW International Student of the Year

Mechanical engineering student at the University of Sydney, Leticia Luiz has been presented the NSW International Student of the Year Award for 2013.

The NSW International Student of the Year Awards program showcases the initiatives and achievements of international students in higher education, vocational education and training, English language, and schools programs.

Leticia Luiz, a 23-year-old student from Brazil, won the award for her work in cross-cultural communication amongst international students studying on campus at the University's Centre for English Teaching (CET).

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, congratulated Leticia saying:

"These awards provide important recognition for international students such as Leticia who exhibit irrepressible energy and drive, and make an invaluable contribution to the life of the University."

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tyrone Carlin, says CET nominated Leticia for her ongoing commitment to building stronger student communities and her leadership skills in creating opportunities for international students to meet and integrate with Australian students.

While studying with CET, she established and led a student forum of nine nationalities. She also used her project management skills to co-ordinate the 2012 Talent Show which formed a key component of CET's annual Awards Ceremony.

Professor Carlin says:

"This event was inspiring and it highlighted to staff and students what can be achieved when numerous nationalities work together. Leticia showed great empathy and leadership ensuring the project was a success for all involved."

"Leticia is a strong community member who continues to inspire and motivate international students to get involved in University life."

While studying at the University Leticia has volunteered to work with Engineers Without Borders, assisting with an event for high school students from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. This event gave students the opportunity to experience engineering first-hand by meeting current undergraduate students and professional engineers.

Currently enrolled as an undergraduate in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Leticia is studying engineering dynamics, manufacturing engineering and mechanical design.

Her academic endeavours are conducted through the University's Undergraduate Study Abroad Program and supported by the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development Scholarship.

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