Meantepy Hoeung, a dedicated Cambodian student studying Bachelor of Applied Public Health at ACU, was honored at the Victorian International Education Awards (VIEA) on October 26, 2023, receiving the International Student of the Year award in the Higher Education category.

Arriving in Australia in 2018 as a nursing student, Meantepy’s commitment to community service in healthcare has been unwavering from roles at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, where she was pivotal in patient care during the pandemic, to volunteering at LiverWELL, a non-profit organization, where she currently serves as a Community Educator, facilitating essential conversations about viral hepatitis within culturally diverse communities. Meantepy is putting what she learns from her Bachelor of Applied Public Health at ACU into serving the most needed in the community. 

Another outstanding ACU international student, Mihua Wei, pursuing a Master of Teaching, demonstrated exceptional dedication as an Inclusive Support Educator, aiding children with special needs and offering guidance to fellow international students. Mihua Wei was named a finalist in the English Language Training category of the VIEA.

Chris Riley, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global and Education Pathways, said Meantepy and Mihua were outstanding examples of the positive impact international students make in our communities. 

“Meantepy and Mihua’s remarkable achievements and dedication to community service make them inspiring role models for current and future students looking to study in Australia,” Mr. Riley said. “The VIEA’s recognition of both Meantepy and Mihua’s contribution to their respective communities demonstrates the variety of opportunities Australia’s higher education sector can offer international students.”

VIEA is an initiative of the Victorian Government aimed at promoting the international education sector and recognising the invaluable contributions of international students to the Victorian community.

Source: ACU News