A fresh batch of future Tasmanian leaders including University of Tasmania international students were celebrated this week after successfully completing the Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Awards program.

Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Awards program is designed to educate, challenge and inspire students.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen presented certificates at events held at the Sandy Bay and Newnham campuses.

“You don’t necessarily learn to be a leader from knowing facts; you don’t necessarily learn to be a leader from sitting in a lecture theatre,” Professor Rathjen said in Launceston yesterday.

“It comes from somewhere else and we recognise that at the University of Tasmania.”

The awards are designed to strengthen a student’s character, work ethic, community awareness, leadership and employability.

Students in the program attend six leadership seminars with guest speakers drawn from all aspects of the community, take part in a process of reflective writing, and complete at least 40 hours of volunteering.

The 80 students from around the state who took part in the program volunteered a combined total of more than 5000 hours for more than 80 non-profit organisations.

Professor Rathjen thanked the students who participated in the program.

“We draw our strength from our relationships with the community. The stronger those relationships are, the stronger we are,” he said.

Brazilian Thais Helena De Athaydes Chrenowski, studying a Master of Engineering (Naval Engineering) at our Launceston campus was one of the program participants. “This is a fantastic way to connect with the community, learn leadership skills and gain great skills for the workplace and life,” said Ms De Athaydes Chrenowski.

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Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/leadership-award for more information about the Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Awards program.