NZMA hospitality graduate Liu Yang (Lucy) has gained international acclaim after landing a top spot in the 2015 National BTEC Awards.
Lucy earned a Commended Runner-up in the Outstanding BTEC International Student of the Year competition, announced earlier this month during a glittering awards ceremony in London. The first NZMA student to ever receive the prestigious accolade - and the only international student studying in New Zealand to be chosen for 2015 - Lucy was up against the crème de la crème of BTEC students from more than 70 different countries.
Sylvia Park Deputy Campus Principal Martin Szeko described her as a “hospitality superstar”.
“Lucy demonstrated her passion for the hospitality industry from her first day at NZMA. She excelled in every subject and gained distinction in each of the 16 units. Her outstanding academic results, together with her advanced technical skills, made her a truly unique student,” said Martin.
Lucy is just one of a string of ACG Tertiary & Careers Group students who have recently scooped top awards in their fields. After outstanding results in the National and Oceania WorldSkills competition, ACG Yoobee graphic design graduate Tim Wightman will head to Brazil next month to pit his skills against young graphic design guns from all over the world. Meanwhile fellow graphic design graduate Roydon Misseldine has landed a spot in the semi-finals for the first round of this year’s Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Just 26 entries from around the globe have been selected as semi-finalists in the Packaging category. Of those, Roydon’s two entries were the only ones from New Zealand that made the grade.
Campus Academic Manager at ACG Yoobee Wellington, Nick Webster, said these were huge achievements.
“It is always really exciting to see the vast range of creative work our students produce, but it’s even more exciting when that work is recognised by global leaders in the industry,” he said.
Also making media headlines is ACG Yoobee Christchurch student Denise Fung, who has just won an international New Zealand flag design competition run by Australian-based Freelancer.com. Aspiring designers from across the globe were invited to submit design suggestions for a new New Zealand flag, and Fung’s submission won out over more than 300 entries.
Garnering more local, but equally commendable, acclaim is ACG Yoobee Wellington graduate Julie Noanoa. Her first published book – Maori Art for Kids – has won the LIANZA (library) book award for non-fiction, and has also just been named a finalist for the 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Mark Worsop, Divisional General Manager for the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group, said the run of recent awards was testament to the first-rate training delivered by the Group’s providers.
“Our competitive strategy is based around the quality of our training and the quality of our products. However, saying this is not enough, it needs to be reflected in the quality and success of our students and graduates. We have an amazing team and amazing students, and it is wonderful to see this being acknowledged on the international stage,” he said.