Minister for Education Presents UCD Medicine Student of the Year Award
The inaugural UCD International Student of the Year Award was presented to three students who 'best represent' the spirit of internationalisation at University College Dublin.
- Ying Ying Thum (Malaysia) studying Medicine at UCD
- Benedikt Minke (Germany) completing a PhD in Systems Biology at UCD
- Lyndsay Baker (Ireland) studying Commerce and Chinese Studies at UCD
The awards were presented by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD at a special event hosted in the UCD Global Lounge. The three winning students are among over 5,000 non-Irish students from over 120 countries studying at University College Dublin, and 25,000 non-Irish studying at universities across Ireland.
Candidates for the UCD International Student of the Year Award were nominated by students and staff and were assessed by a panel on the basis of academic, student engagement and societal impact.
The panel included: Professor Bairbre Redmond (Chair), Deputy Registrar for Teaching and Learning; Professor Alan Baird, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine; Ms Shauna Hughes, International Student Activities Coordinator; Ms Rachel Breslin, President UCD Students’ Union, and Mr Dominic Martella, External Communication and Media Relations.
About the winner
Ying Ying who was born in Malaysia won the James B Coakley Award for Dissection in 2012. An active member of the Malaysian Society, Ying Ying has been directly involved in society events including the 2012 Malaysian Night in UCD, a high-profile event that showcases Malaysian culture to the wider UCD community.
She organised and participated in the 2012 UCD-RCSI Penang Medical College Games were she won both gold and silver medals for badminton. She also holds a UCD Blue for trampolining. She is an active volunteer in Ireland working with both the St Vincent de Paul Society and also with the Little Sisters of the Poor. This coming summer she will be working as a camp counsellor in Connecticut, USA.