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Three Foreign Students Win INTERSTUDENT 2020

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Students from Vietnam, China and Cameroon won INTERSTUDENT 2020. The competition awards the best international students studying in Poland.

This is the 10th edition of the competition organized jointly by the Conference of Polish Academic Rectors and the Education Foundation PERSPEKTYWY as part of the Study in Poland programme. The aim of the competition is to promote the best international students at Polish universities.

Over 70 entries from over 30 universities were submitted to the competition.

The winner of INTERSTUDENT 2020 un the undergraduate studies category is Lien Chau Ton Nu from Vietnam. In 2017, she chose International Relations (first-cycle studies in English) at the WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza. She is a scholarship holder of the International Scholarship Programme of the WSB University. From the beginning of her studies in Poland, she has participated in numerous social and educational initiatives: she co-founded the International Students Association at the WSB University, she organizes the `Get to know my country` workshops, meditation and mindfulness workshops for WSB University students and students of the University of the Third Age of the WSB University, participates in workshops and seminars on multiculturalism organized in Silesian high schools.

`While studying in Poland, I try to give something from myself to the local community, which is why I work as a volunteer and, for example, I teach English classes for young people, organise discussion clubs and workshops`, says the winner, quoted in a press release.

Huiling Zhang from China, a student of the Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University was awarded in the category of Master`s studies.

She has lived and studied in Poland only since October 2019, but has already translated (and published in China) contemporary Polish literature works (a short story by Sławomir Mrożek and a column by Wisława Szymborska). She also participates in cultural events at the Centre of Polish Language and Culture of the Jagiellonian University and meetings of the Department of Polish as a Foreign Language Jagiellonian University.

`I would like my attendance in studies in Poland to be an opportunity for the Chinese and Polish communities to get to know each other better`, explains Huiling Zhang, first-year student of teaching Polish as a foreign and second language (a bachelor of Polish studies in China).

The winner in the category of doctoral studies is Godlove Suila Kuaban from Cameroon, a third-year doctoral student in computer science at the Silesian University of Technology and assistant at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gliwice.

Earlier, he graduated from master`s studies at the Silesian University of Technology with a very good result. He has published two papers in the American scientific journal IEEE Transactions, he co-teaches classes for students in two subjects, he also participates in the European programme H2020 SerIoT (concerning internet modelling). In addition, he works for the community of his home country. As part of the ICT4kids project, he prepares scenarios of computer classes for children. The lessons are then taught by Cameroonian teachers during the holidays.

`I think that my presence in Poland can help Poles understand the culture of my home country`, explains Godlove Suila Kuaban, quoted by the organizers of the competition.

The award ceremony of the Interstudent 2020 competition for the best international student took place during the conference `International students in Poland 2020` at the Lodz University of Technology.

Special Awards for activities for foreigners and charity activities were given to: Mikhail Urmich (Uzbekistan) from Warsaw University of Technology for social activity and professional integration, and Yauheniya Barkun (Belarus), a PhD student at the Białystok University of Technology for social activity and involvement.

In the academic year2018/2019, 78,259 international students from 174 countries studied in Poland, 5,516 more than in the previous year (an increase by over 7.5 percent). In the current academic year, around 85,000 foreigners receive educatiin in Poland according to the preliminary data presented at the conference `International students in Poland 2020`.

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