Ka Ho (Dereck) Lee
Hong Kong, China, Holmesglen Institute
International Student of the Year – VET and International Student of the Year – Premier's Award
Dereck studies a Diploma of Community Services from the Holmesglen Institute. He undertook a Bachelor Degree in Social Science (Social Work) and worked in youth work practice in Hong Kong before coming to Australia to study. Prior to enrolling in studies, Dereck spent four years working with different Australian community development organisations that focus on providing assistance to asylum seekers and providing support to alleviate poverty in Australia. His Diploma further enriched his knowledge of compliance and workplace communication.
I chose to come and study in Melbourne because I found that people in Melbourne are really nice and the educational system is very supportive.
I was very surprised to receive this award and I really want to share this joyful moment with other international students.
I would advise people who are interested in studying in Australia or Melbourne, if you have this opportunity, please take this opportunity.