UNE International student wins State award

Published 15 October 2015

An International student from the University of New England has been recognised with a State award for her altruistic work within the Arab speaking community in Armidale NSW.

Dunya Alruhaimi (right) with the other two finalists in the Higher Education category

Dunya Alruhaimi (right) with the other finalists in the Higher Education category

Mrs Dunya Alruhaimi won the 2015 NSW International Student Awards in the category Higher Education at a prestigious ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House Tuesday night.

Mrs Alruhaimi’s journey to Armidale started two years ago when she was awarded a scholarship from the Iraqi government to study Masters in Education at UNE.

“I realised the spouses of the international students could become very isolated from the Armidale community and I wanted to establish something that can involve them in community activities,” Mrs Alruhaimi said.

“With help from UNE and One of a Kind I established a program called the International Women’s program. The program assisted International women with different activities such as learning English, driving lessons, learning craft or just offering conversation.

“The International Women’s program is now well established and attracts women from many different nationalities.”

Mrs Alruhaimi said she is very proud and excited to be recognised for the “simple things” she does in the community.

“I’m also very happy to reflect the contribution of Muslin ladies within a Western community and want to say thank you to the Australian government for recognising it.”

Mrs Alruhaimi was nominated for the award by her course coordinator Ms Susan Feez.

The NSW International Student Awards celebrates the outstanding contribution international students make to communities in NSW and recognises excellence in international student community engagement.