Local wins Student Excellence Awards in New Zealand


Chelcia Gomese (left) with three other international students that also received similar awards. Photo: Supplied.

A Solomon Islander Chelcia Gomese studying under a New Zealand Government Scholarship was recently recognised as one of the Wellington’s best all round International student.

Chelcia received the award for her community contribution including volunteering for a number of organisations and causes and being a student buddy to students from all over the world.

She was the President of the Melanesian Student Association, did an internship at a non-governmental organisation in Apia, as well as starting an environmental non-profit back in the Solomon Islands.

Chelcia studied a Master in Environmental Studies at Victoria University and will be graduating at the end of this year.
 Victoria University of Wellington international students were very well-represented in the inaugural Wellington International Student Excellence Awards held at Parliament.

Presented by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, the awards recognise the region’s best all round international students.

“International students make up an important part of our student community, bringing diverse perspectives, cultures and languages to the University environment. It is fantastic to see the hard work of four of Victoria’s students acknowledged, for their achievements in the academic and sporting field, as well as their contribution to the university and wider Wellington community,” says Victoria Vice-Chancellor Grant Guilford.

Source: Victoria University Press