2014 International Student of the Year Award winners announced


November 21, 2014

The Manitoba Council for International Education (MCIE) and the International Education Branch of the Government of Manitoba (IEB) are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 International Student of the Year Awards. 

The winners are as follows:

1. Secondary sector – Wai Chi (Chantel) Leung (China) – University of Winnipeg Collegiate
2. Post-secondary sector – Willer Ferreira da Silva Junior (Brazil) – University of Manitoba
3. Language program sector – Shoko Kobayakawa (Japan) – University of Winnipeg English Language Program

The students will be presented their awards by the Honourable Peter Bjornson , Minister of Education and Advanced Learning, during the International Education Week reception at the Manitoba Legislature in room 200 on November 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Secondary sector winner:

Wai Chi (Chantel) Leung from the University of Winnipeg Collegiate in Winnipeg is the 2014 secondary sector recipient of the MCIE/IEB International Student of the Year Award.

Chantel is currently finishing Grade 12 at the Collegiate. She chose to study in Manitoba for a number of reasons, “Out of all the provinces in the country, Manitoba fascinates me the most. It has its urban side as well as its rural side. Walking on the sidewalk, not only we can see skyscrapers and vehicles, but also the Canada goose and squirrels.”

Post-Secondary sector winner:

Willer Ferreira da Silva Junior from the University of Manitoba, is the 2014 post-secondary recipient of the MCIE/IEB International Student of the Year Award.

Willer is the recipient of the prestigious Brazilian Scholarship, Science without Borders. During his time at the U of M he has exhibited exceptional qualities both academically and professionally in his chosen field of bio-systems engineering.

Language Programs sector winner:

Shoko Kobayakawa from the University of Winnipeg Language Program is the 2014 Language program sector recipient of the MCIE/IEB International Student of the Year Award.

Shoko hails from Kyoritsu Women’s University in Japan and will graduate from the U of W English Language Program in March of 2015. Shoko chose to study in Manitoba, “It is very good for me to be able to learn multi cultures, for Manitoba is in the middle of Canada. I am glad to have conversations with people from a lot of countries. There are a lot of activities which I can enjoy in Manitoba, and these are good experiences.”

The International Student of the Year Awards are given out annually by MCIE and IEB to recognize the contributions of international students to the Manitoba community. Students will receive a monetary prize of $200 and a certificate.

International education in Manitoba background:

  • International students contribute close to $230 million to the Manitoba economy every year supporting 1640 jobs.
  • International Education in Canada background:

    • $7.7 billion contributed to the Canadian economy in 2010 creating over 86,000 jobs.
    • The federal government’s Canada’s International Education Strategy has set a goal to double the number of international students studying in Canada by 2020.

    As part of a desire to work collaboratively to promote international education interests in the province, the Manitoba Council for International Education (MCIE) was created in 2000. The goal was simple: encourage more students to choose Manitoba as their international education destination. Today the not-for-profit organization comprises 26 member institutions, ranging from elementary to post-secondary level, public and private, in both rural and urban areas. Working with the International Education Branch of the provincial government, members share resources and information, collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and organize international education missions – all while advocating for international education both home and abroad. MCIE also helps international students gain valuable work experience during their study term, which helps local employers meet labour needs.

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