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A TasTAFE Accounting student who volunteers as a Korean language teacher has won an annual award which recognises an international student’s dedication to study and contribution to the community.

TasTAFE Interim CEO, Mark Sayer, today presented Eunju Jeong, 21 (pictured second from left in traditional Korean dress), with the Ueno Award at TasTAFE’s Drysdale North Campus in Launceston.

Mr Sayer said the Ueno Award is presented to a Launceston-based international student studying at TasTAFE who has shown high motivation, dedication to their studies and involvement in campus and community life.

“Eunju, from South Korea, is currently studying a Certificate IV in Accounting after successfully completing a Certificate III in Accounts Administration in semester 1.

“According to her teachers she has been an asset in the classroom. She is highly conscientious and  diligent and spends many hours studying when not in class.

“Eunju attends sessions with a TasTAFE English Language Support teacher twice a week as she is keen to further her English language skills.

“She also volunteers teaching the Korean language to young Korean children as well as Australians each week and spends time with a group of people from various non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to improve their English oral language skills,” Mr Sayer said.

Eunju also volunteers in the accounts area at a local hotel as she believes it will help her learn more about the Australian way of life and current accounting practices.

“I’d like to congratulate Eunju on winning the Ueno award. Her high motivation and her involvement in the local community make her an extremely deserving recipient,” Mr Sayer said.

The Ueno award was donated by Mr and Mrs Ueno in memory of their son, Hidetaka, a former TasTAFE student who passed away whilst studying in Tasmania in 1998.

Hidetaka was a leader amongst international students and very supportive of other students and was also actively involved in the local community.

The Ueno award fittingly recognises these characteristics in the other students.



Accounting student recognised for dedication to study and the community