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Mid-Year students cross the finish line

29 May 2020

Nine students from six countries completed their Mid-Year WA Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP) exams this week and now have their sights on university degrees.

The students, who are from Myanmar, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Singapore and Zambia, formed strong friendships during their time at Canning which helped them settle into life in Perth and also with their studies.

The group’s efforts were recognised recently when they took a break from preparing for exams to attend a presentation ceremony and lunch.

Principal Wayne Axford thanked the students for their dedication and provided them with completion certificates, while awards were presented to the group’s top performers.

Malaysian student Naomi claimed the Top Student Award and was also the recipient of subject awards for Mathematics Methods, Physics, Chemistry and English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

Ye Pyae Mann, who is from Myanmar, was awarded the top student in Accounting and Finance, Daniel (Malaysia) for Computer Science and Martin (Hong Kong) for Mathematics Applications.

Canning Director of International Operations Lisa De’Ceglie said celebrations were usually held off campus for Mid-Year Foundation Program students but the College had to adapt due to social restrictions.

“We usually celebrate the success of our mid-year students at a restaurant but this year we weren’t able to do that,” she said. “Instead we had a short presentation at the College and had catering brought in for the students to enjoy lunch.

“If restrictions are lifted and we’re able to hold a graduation towards the end of the year these students will be invited to join us for that. Unfortunately, we know that some students will have already moved to inter-state or overseas universities to continue their studies.”

The Mid-Year WAUFP, which starts in August each year, provides students with a full academic program that leads to direct entry into many university courses that also start in mid-year.

“Being able to provide the flexibility of various start times – we also offer WAUFP in January and April – is a key feature of the College,” Lisa said. “It gives students the opportunity to continue their education almost as soon as they are ready rather than waiting for the start of each year.

“I’m sure these students did very well in their exams and that they’ll all be accepted into the university of their choice. I really wish them great success and I hope they will keep in touch with us and let us know about the wonderful opportunities they have in the future.”

Congratulations to Martin (Hong Kong), Zhi Yuen (Malaysia), Denzel (Singapore), Ye Pyae Mann (Myanmar), Sunga (Zambia), Naomi (Malaysia), Kashmita (Malaysia), Daniel (Malaysia) and Holiday (China).