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    Swansea University student shines in British Council's International Student Award 2009

    Swansea University student Akash Sehdev's inspirational story of student life in the UK has resulted in him being named a runner-up in the regional finals of the UK's biggest international student competition.


    Akash, originally from India, and studying Law and Business Studies at Swansea University was one of more than 1,500 students from 118 countries to enter the seventh annual International Student Awards - a major initiative from the British Council that shines the spotlight on international students and their contributions to life in the UK.

    Akash has been invited to celebrate his extraordinary achievements at a national awards ceremony to be held in London in April.

    To enter the competition, international students were encouraged to write a personal 'letter home' in English, detailing the out-of-class achievements that help make their time in the UK so rewarding.

    Students studying at universities, colleges of further and higher education, schools and English language institutions across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales shared stories about the extra-curricular achievements that illustrate how they are making the most of their time in the UK.

    A judging panel met last month to discuss the merits of short-listed entries from the region. Akash Sehdev's letter was judged to be one of Wales's best and he will receive a £100 prize.

    In his letter, Akash expresses his initial anxiety about the various concerns in living and studying in an entirely different environment but goes on to say how studying abroad at Swansea has given him the confidence to take up numerous challenges and roles such as international student ambassador; secretary to the Asian society at Swansea; and support officer during fresher's week, changing his personality in his words: 'from introvert to extrovert'.  He also mentions how being away from his home country has forged his independence, given him greater understanding of people from diverse backgrounds and inspired him to take every opportunity to develop his skills and indulge his creative passions such as drawing, writing poetry in Punjabi and Hindi, and singing Indian music.

    Akash said: "I can honestly say that studying at Swansea University has changed my outlook on life and boosted my personality with massive confidence. I have gained a lot in terms of practical life experience along with the academic knowledge. It's been a pleasure to be a part of Swansea University and I can say that the overall experience has been enjoyable and life changing."

    A spokesperson from the International Office at Swansea University said: "We are extremely pleased to hear about Akash's success in the British Council Shine Awards. Akash is one of our Indian Student Ambassadors and has been a great asset to the International Office. We wish him all the best in the future".

    Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council, said, "Studying overseas is an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience, building life-long international friendships, understanding and trust. International students make a huge contribution to life here because they create a greater understanding of the world in the UK and they help create a greater understanding of the UK throughout the world. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for them to show the world what they've achieved and learnt while studying in the UK." 

    For further information about the British Council International Student Awards visit: www.educationuk.org/shine

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