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Outstanding Graduate Award

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Five students from Indonesia have been awarded prizes in recognition of their academic excellence, having topped their classes at UTS Insearch in Sydney.

The Outstanding Graduate award winners from Indonesia, who achieved the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) overall for their courses are: Brenda Jie from Medan (Diploma of Architecture and Design), David Gunawan from Pematangsiantar (Diploma of Information Technology) and Aditya Wijaya from Bekasi (Diploma of Engineering).

Dean’s Merit Prizes were also awarded for achieving the highest results during their first semester of study at UTS Insearch to Joey Millenia Safitri from Sidoarjo (UTS Foundation Studies) and Joshua Valerie from Bandung (Diploma of Information Technology).

The prize winners received their awards at a special ceremony on 3 April 2018 held at the University of Technology Sydney.

Dean of Studies of UTS Insearch, Tim Laurence said, “We commend these talented Indonesian students on their academic achievements and wish them ongoing success in their studies.”

“We offer these academic prizes so we can formally and publically recognise the achievements of our students. It is a great way to demonstrate our belief in our students, and to motivate them to keep achieving.”

With prizes valued between $1500 – $5000, the awards program recognises each student’s hard work and celebrates their scholastic success.

These three students have gone on to win the Outstanding Graduate Award in their respective fields:


Brenda Jie from Medan,
Diploma of Architecture and Design

She describes her transition from school in Indonesia to studying in Australia as being a fun and exciting experience, with the support of UTS Insearch.

“When I first came here, I began to meet a lot of new people and I felt that UTS Insearch was an easier place for me to start off. You get the basics of everything, the tutors and classmates are friendly.”

She now plans to direct her talent for art and design into a career as a professional animator, and has commenced her studies at UTS in a Bachelor of Design in Animation.


David Gunawan from Pematangsianta,
Diploma of Information Technology

He has also now commenced studies at UTS, in the Bachelor of IT in Data Analytics, and is looking forwarding to using his education to gain practical experience in Australia.

“I started part time work during my second semester so I had to learn how to balance my time between work, study and my social life,” he said.

Aditya Wijaya from Bekasi,
Diploma of Engineering

He is following in his both his parents’ footsteps in becoming an engineer.

“Part of my aspiration has been to study abroad in Australia and to take the knowledge I gain back to Indonesia. I’d like to use engineering as a way to strengthen relations between Australia and Indonesia,” he said.

“I feel quite humbled, because to get here I had a lot of help from other people, so I want this award to be a gift for them, so that they can be proud of me.”


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