Two Melbourne students win Victorian Government international student prizes

December 15 / 173

PhD researcher Ashrafalasdat Hosseini from the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit in the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne has been named as the International Student of the Year (Research) by the Victorian Government. 

Fang Xuan Koay from Malaysia was named International Student of the Year (Higher Education) and was also awarded the Premier’s Award for overall International Student of the Year.

The awards were presented by Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert, on behalf of the Premier of Victoria, at Government House.

Ms Hosseini has been a member of the doctoral academy at in the Melbourne Social Equity Insitute and holds voluntary positions with the UMSU Wom*n’s Department, the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate, Australia Action Diaspora and the Victorian Police Academy. She has a number of years of experience in health, educational and leadership settings and has an educational background in psychology, family counselling, advanced learning and leadership, and mental health. Her expertise is in resilience factors associated with immigrant mental health and wellbeing.

In her PhD thesis ‘Migration experience, Resilience and Mental Health outcomes in Iranian immigrants and refugees in Australia’, she explored the role of resilience factors in the process of migration in regard to immigrants’ mental health.  She firmly believes by investigating resilience factors associated with mental health individuals can be helped to improve their resilience and have a better life in Australia.

Fang Xuan Koay graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree earlier this year, and was awarded for her commitment to working for international students in Australia. She sat on the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) and advocates for enriched student experience.


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