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Divyangana named Victorian International Education Awards finalist

Holmesglen’s International Student of the Year, Divyangana Sharma.

Holmesglen’s International Student of the Year, Divyangana Sharma, has continued her path of excellence, being named a 2022 Victorian International Education Awards International Higher Education Student of the Year finalist.

The award recognises international students who have used their education to support the community.

Divyangana’s commitment to her vocational education was recognised across three award criteria:

  • Entrepreneurial, business and community engagement achievements

  • Leadership skills

  • Academic achievements

Holmesglen supports the international student experience

This year, we are proud to be a finalist in the ‘Excellence in International Education – TAFE’ category.

Holmesglen has maintained a strong connection with the Victorian International Education Awards over the years.

Iyiade (Hybee) Aibinuomo was presented with the International Alumnus of the Year accolade and Ka Ho (Dereck) Lee received two awards, International Student of the Year (VET) and the Premier’s Award for International Student of the Year, in 2018.

While furniture design and technology learner Freddy Mata Mendoza was named the 'International Student of the Year – Vocational Education and Training (VET)' at the 2016 Victorian International Education Awards.

Attention will now turn to the 2022 awards ceremony, which will be held in October.

Divyangana’s journey to success

Divyangana’s dream of working in healthcare inspired her move to Australia.

While studying the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing, Divyangana used strong classroom theory, state-of-the-art simulation activities and clinical placements to prepare for work in Australia’s healthcare industry.

“For someone like me, who is so passionate about healthcare, and now doing things that I've always dreamed of, it’s a very fulfilling feeling,” says Divyangana.

During her course, Divyangana secured a fellowship with Epworth Hospital.

She completed placements across the healthcare provider's Brighton, Camberwell and Richmond facilities, working in the rehabilitation and vascular surgery departments.

An ambassador for vocational training and international students

Divyangana has also embraced the chance to represent her peers when undertaking her role as the Holmesglen Student Representative Council Chair, and with the Holmesglen Academic Integrity Working Group, Council of Education and Applied Research, and Student Voice Australia.

“I want to enhance the student experience. It’s been amazing to be a voice for TAFE.

“I’ve got to hear fellow students’ perspectives and their challenges, and achievements, it’s been really eye-opening.”

Find out more about the Victorian International Education Awards.

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