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“You can be anything in Australia”

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North Metropolitan TAFE’s 2017 International Student of the Year Kumbirai Gono represented WA at the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) National Conference in Canberra earlier this month.

The Diploma of Nursing student was selected to represent WA by TAFE International Western Australia, as she is considered a great ambassador for North Metropolitan TAFE and the State Training sector.  

“It was an honour and a privilege to go to Canberra; I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity”, Kumbirai said.

“I got to see the Minister of Education and Training at the Minister's Breakfast at the National Convention centre Canberra, which was such an honour. I also visited the Old Parliament House – it was amazing to see the Prime Minister's office, the House of the Representatives, The House for Senates and, above all, hearing the Australian history.”

CISA is the national peak student representative organisation for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level.

‘Students at the heart of Best Practices’ was the theme for this year’s conference. Students from all over Australia had the opportunity to discuss experiences, issues or challenges that are faced by international students undertaking studies in Australia, including increasing cultural awareness, housing, limited scholarships, post-study employability, medical expenses, transportation and financial challenges. They shared their personal experiences and what they believe to be their respective college’s best practices.

“I feel lucky and blessed to be part of North Metropolitan TAFE. I am thankful for the learning experience, the solid foundation and the opportunities l have gained from the college. It is truly a great place to study”, Kumbirai said.

“The college has the best facilities; professional, knowledgeable, devoted and inspiring lecturers; the environment is clean and safe; all staff is so supportive. I developed the skills and the knowledge I needed to be able to work and I have grown so much as a person.”

Hailing from Zimbabwe, Kumbirai has recently been selected as a semi-finalist for the WA Training Awards.

“I want to reach out to other international students. I want to share my training journey with them and tell them that nothing is impossible if you have an opportunity such as this. You can be anything in Australia, you can be… someone. If you keep your head high, are confident and work hard, you can achieve your dreams in this country”, she said.

Page last updated July 25, 2017