International student wins prestigious statewide award

Box Hill Institute and one of its international students have been awarded two prestigious awards at the Victorian International Education Awards yesterday.

Aibinuomo Iyiade Student Aibinuomo (Hybee) Iyiade said “This has been a symbol of hope for me. If someone from my background who thinks ‘I can never get anywhere’ can be here, then there’s hope for anyone.”

“This is making me forget the past, the past that has made me cry, Melbourne is building hope from the broken pieces of the past now.”

“What I love about Melbourne is the security and the sense of belonging they give to international students. You know I don’t feel different; in fact I call it ‘home away from home’.”

The Awards are a prestigious Victorian Government initiative rewarding outstanding achievement and excellence in international education in Victoria. Held at Government House, and presented by The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert.

Box Hill Institute won the TAFE Excellence in International Education category, and Box Hill Institute student Aibinuomo (Hybee) Iyiade won International Student of the Year – Vocational Education & Training (VET). “We’re extremely proud to be recognised for our excellence in delivering TAFE International Education,” said Mr Norman Gray AM, Chief Executive Officer, Box Hill Institute.

“Box Hill Institute is a leading Victorian vocational and higher education provider known for its collaborative and creative approach to education in Australia and overseas,” Mr Gray said.

“Hybee is a very worthy recipient of International Student of the Year, he has accomplished many things so far, and we are very excited about this young man’s future career path. He really highlights the value of accessible vocational education for people from all backgrounds.”

Overcoming extreme poverty, Hybee arrived from Nigeria to complete a Diploma of Nursing at Box Hill Institute. Hybee holds a Certificate III in Aged Care and a Certificate III in Home and Community Care from the Box Hill Institute. At the end of his Aged Care program, he wasawarded the Student of Excellence of the Year and a Study Support Scholarship from Box Hill Institute, which recognised his academic achievements and community involvement.

You can see a video interview with Hybee here: