The annual RMIT Student Leadership Recognition Awards open pathways for students to become the next generation of 21st century leaders.
This year, RMIT Student Leadership Recognition Award recipients were invited to attend the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2019 organised by Humanitarian Affairs Asia in Malaysia.
RMIT students Utkarsh Sarbahi and Ngo Ngan Ha from Saigon South campus and Nguyen Khanh Ha from Hanoi campus won return trips to the event this year.
As a full-time international student from India who is undertaking Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (Honours) program at RMIT Vietnam, Utkarsh Sarbahi impressed the selection board with his outstanding leadership and contributions to the community. His achievements included being selected as a member of the RMIT Leadership Camp 2018, competing at the Global Leader Experience in Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City earlier this year and being in the top 16 from over 500 teams in the Accor’s Take Off! Student Challenge 2019.
During the week-long University Scholars Leadership Symposium, Sarbahi said his favourite experience was the activity day for refugee children that was organised at the Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT).
“We delivered a fun, inclusive and accessible learning opportunity to all the refugees of secondary school age who were under a UNHCR program,” he said. “We played games, had friendly competitions and a fashion show towards the end after a nice meal together.”
Sarbahi believed that these activities not only fulfilled the 10th United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of reducing inequalities but also “allowed a safe expression of self and provided all of us the opportunity to improve upon our interpersonal communication, teamwork and leadership skills.”
For Sarbahi, the symposium showed him how he could fulfil his potential as a future leader: “We might not be able to solve all the problems of the world tomorrow, but it is our little efforts of kindness every single day that would one day create an endless ripple in this world.”
“As a speaker rightly mentioned that the greatest currency in the world that you can ever possess is in fact how much you touch and inspire the lives of other people,” he shared. “So, I really hope that we can work together and bring happiness into the lives of those, who perhaps, need it even more than us.”
RMIT Student Leadership Recognition Awards have been awarded to 50 of the most prominent RMIT students over the last four years. The recipients have shown outstanding leadership and contribution to their community. Fourteen of these students have had the opportunity to attend the annual University Scholars Leadership Symposium.
Story: Ha Hoang