Student Awards

2017 Academic Excellence: Postgraduate (Coursework) Awards

From teaching the art and form of languages to improving civic infrastructure, the winners in the postgraduate coursework category are dedicated to succeeding in their chose study fields. We invited them to share their stories.

Winner: Thanh Huyen Le from Vietnam

Studying: Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) at The University of Adelaide

All for a better future

As an English teacher, Huyen wanted to learn more about how Australians acquire and structure languages. The reality of this study when English is your second language proved incredibly challenging for Huyen but she has excelled to earn mainly high distinctions.

She will be presenting her research at the biggest TESOL conference in Vietnam in December and on her return will continue to collaborate on projects with university colleagues in Canberra and Vietnam.

To pursue further study, she also had to sacrifice a great deal. Her six-year-old daughter, Linh, remains back in Vietnam, in the loving care of her grandparents.

How has it been studying in Adelaide with your daughter so far away?

It is very hard, but Linh and I are very lucky as she has the love and wisdom of her grandparents and the whole family to support us. We talk on FaceTime, and I see her that way.

I know when she is older she will understand. I hope that my experiences will help to guide her along life’s path.

Describe what receiving this award means to you

I am stunned. I didn’t enter this award to win, but to show how proud I am to be a student at the University of Adelaide. This award is a big vote of confidence. It tells me that I am on the right track and that I have made the right decision to study here in Adelaide.

I am so grateful to my teachers, family and friends. And to StudyAdelaide and the Government of South Australia for recognising the contribution of international students in this way.

What’s your favourite place in Adelaide?

I love the Botanic Gardens. I’m impressed that such a beautiful green space is right in the centre of a modern city, and so close to my university too!

Highly Commended: Xianwen Hu from China

Studying: Master of Engineering (Civil and Structural) at The University of Adelaide

Through adversity, Xianwen has worked diligently to achieve his goals. His determination often sees him staying back after class to begin work on assignments, ensuring he keeps on top of his studies while juggling part-time work.

Xianwen enjoys living in Adelaide, a place he says is, ‘friendly and multicultural, offering a real sense of community.’ He also enjoys volunteering with Puddle Jumpers, a not-for-profit organisation supporting underprivileged and at-risk children.

He will complete his masters degree in mid-2018 and hopes to go on to achieve a PhD to follow his dream of contributing to society through the knowledge he has learned as a civil engineer.

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