Recipients of scholarships and prizes, donors, VIP guests and staff from the School of Languages and Cultures

Awarding student excellence in languages and cultures

23 May 2024
Crosscultural community celebration of academic achievements
The School of Languages and Cultures hosted its 2024 Awards Ceremony to recognise 61 students for their outstanding performance in language and culture studies with special guests, donors and officials from around the world.

In the presence of distinguished guests, valued donors, family and friends, the school presented a total of 56 scholarships and prizes to students from a range of subject areas at the University of Sydney’s Holme Building Refectory on Thursday 18 April.

The ceremony's guests included officials from the diplomatic corps and cultural institutions of various countries including Austria, France, Germany, Indonesia, and Italy, as well as leaders from the Buddhist, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Korean communities and foundations.

The event opened with a Welcome to Country by Savannah Flynn from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, and a speech from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Lisa Adkins. The Professor noted the contribution of the School of Languages and Cultures to the University’s success in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Along with the Dean, the Mistress of Ceremonies Associate Professor Avril Alba thanked the Head of School Professor Yixu Lu for her 10-year leadership at the School of Languages and Cultures. Professor Lu has led the University's language school since 2014 and continues the tradition of language teaching which began in the 1800s when French and German were among the institution's first subject offerings.

The University of Sydney is very proud of its long tradition of teaching languages, which dates over 160 years ago, as well as the wealth of languages and cultures that we teach.
Professor Yixu Lu, Head of School of Languages and Cultures

In her Head of School address, Professor Lu congratulated award recipients on their excellent results. She noted the qualities of dedication, hard work and a genuinely open mind that are demonstrated through academic success in language learning and the study of diverse cultures. She also applauded students on their ability to understand different cultures, as this can help shape the future of the world.

“We must remember and emphasise the common values that we all share across cultures and belief systems, which is our humanity, our love and compassion for the vulnerable, and our desire for peace,” Professor Lu said. “We can only meet these great challenges collectively.”

Professor Lu also acknowledged the generosity of donors, consular and business partners, as well as students’ families, relatives and friends who played a key role in supporting students in their studies.

A man in a blue shirt smiling and holding an award, standing next to another man

Multi-award recipient Leo Barry with Chair of Asian Studies Professor Adrian Vickers

For Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies student Leo Barry, scholarship support has opened the door to invaluable learning opportunities.

“I am very grateful to the University and the donors who gifted me these scholarships,” said Leo. “The financial assistance they provide me takes away a lot of stress and allows me to focus on my studies during this final year.”

Leo has received a total of six prizes and scholarships since commencing his studies. In 2022, Leo was a recipient of the Language Student Travel Scholarship which supported his exchange program to the National Taiwan University in the following year. He also embarked on an in-country study program in Indonesia in 2022.

Reflecting on the importance of multilingual and crosscultural skills, Leo noted the benefits they can bring to Australian society and beyond.

The need to learn languages and – through that – about cultures is self-evident. Language is key to begin understanding other ways of life and, ultimately, it is the ability to listen and learn which makes one able to navigate diverse societies.
Leo Barry, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Chinese Studies and Indonesian Studies majors)

"Authentic intercultural competence is primarily about being curious about the world around you," shared Leo.

The ceremony’s annual cultural item featured the Sydney-based Andalus Arabic Choir led by director Ms Ghada Daher-Elmowy. Drawing from an ancient musical and poetic form, the choir performed four songs in various languages including Arabic dialect and Greek.

Ranked 31st globally in Modern Languages*, the University of Sydney's School of Languages and Cultures offers a wide range of languages and studies of cultures that span multiple regions.

Warm congratulations to our scholarship recipients and prize winners for the 2023 academic year:

Arabic Language and Cultures

John Marcolongo
Armand Larche
John Story

PD Jack Prize

Asian Studies

Leo Barry

Gabrielle Ewington Equity Scholarship in Southeast Asian Studies

John Ryder

Khyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies

Dorjee Wangdi

The Khyentse Foundation Scholarship

Chinese Studies

Heidi Xing
Leo Barry
Singithi Herath
Samuel Wise

The Chinese Studies Alumni Bursary

Mark Joyce

The Chinese Studies Travelling Bursary

Thi Pham

Li Zuoji Prize in Chinese Language

Cheng Ha Hong

The Frank Coaldrake Scholarship

European Studies

Jessica Hall

The European Studies Konrad Adenauer Prize

Ava Eder

Robert Schuman Prize

French and Francophone Studies

Madeleine Fiene

Anne Bates Memorial Scholarship for French

Amanda Chan

Banque Nationale de Paris Prize for French

Frances Wu

Emilie M Schweitzer Scholarship in French and Germanic Studies

Christian Caporusso

French Embassy Prize I

Amanda Chan

French Embassy Prize II

Rohan Keshava

French Embassy Prize III

Madeleine Fiene

Garton Scholarship No I for French

Ashley Cagauan

Garton Scholarship No II for French

Amanda Chan

Graham Jones Prize for French 

Rohan Keshava

Ronald Horan Prize for French 

Christian Caporusso

Sonia Marks Memorial Prize for French

Germanic Studies

Seren Everingham

Austrian Embassy Prize

Lachlan Van der Heyde-Schreuder

Emilie M Schweitzer Scholarship in French and Germanic Studies

Seren Everingham

Enid Watson Memorial Scholarship in Germanic Studies

Olivia Kaye

Garton Scholarship No IV for German

Xavier Reichel

Ian David Armfield Memorial Prize (German)

Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies

David Godfrey

Bernard and Lotka Ferster Scholarship for First Year Beginners’ Modern or Classical Hebrew

Ethan Simpson

Ivan and Ursula Cher Prize

Gaby Gerson

The Bernard and Rodia Ferster Prize

Genevieve Ball
Charlene Zulman

The Percy Joseph Marks Prize for Advanced (3000 Level) Modern Hebrew 

Lexei Salpeter

The Percy Joseph Marks Prize for First Year Beginner’s Classical or Modern Hebrew 

Olivia Herrman
Eveline Handby

The Percy Joseph Marks Prize for Intermediate (2000 Level) Modern Hebrew 

Ajala Williams

The Percy Joseph Marks Prize for Senior Classical Hebrew

Indonesian Studies

Michelle Toisuta

Asian Students’ Council’s 1963 Festival of Asia Prize for Proficiency in Indonesian Studies Second Level

Xinhang Du

Asian Students’ Council’s 1963 Festival of Asia Prize for Proficiency in Indonesian Studies Third Level

Joanna Vogeley

Carole Muller Award (Fieldwork)

Taryn Cameron

FH van Naerssen Memorial Prize for Indonesian Studies

Taryn Cameron
Keumala Dyer-Darmawan

Jolanda Allen Indonesian Studies Scholarship

Brontë Powell

Ronald J Worsley Memorial Prize for Indonesian Studies

Italian Studies

Matthew Platakos

Beatrice Moran Memorial Prize in Third Year Italian

Cielo Ilano
Taylor Shaw

Countess EM Freehill Prize No I for First Year Italian

Alessia Lo Presti
Joshua Butler

Countess EM Freehill Prize No II for Second Year Italian

Gemma Bolton

Rosina Tedeschi Memorial Prize for Italian Conversation

Marisa Frangelli
Inga-Britt Pinkstone

The Frances Merenda Travelling Scholarship

Lily Patchett

The Maria Teresa Savio Hooke Fieldwork Scholarship in Italian Studies

Japanese Studies

Cecilia Cheng

AL Sadler Prize for Excellence in Japanese Studies

Kimiyo Matsui

The Sakuko Matsui Postgraduate Travel Scholarship in Japanese Studies

Korean Studies

Cynthia Turangan
Melanie Feng

Korean Education Centre Prize

Ha Le
Jia Liu

Top Media Prize

Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies

Olympia Nelson

Modern Greek Studies Foundation Award

Theodora Margaris

Order of the Australian Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA) Scholarship in Modern Greek

Anargyros Kallos

Robert William Henderson Memorial Prize

Savvina-Elisavet Turner

The Modern Greek Studies Foundation Prize in Modern Greek Studies 1

Stavroula Nterzoti

The Modern Greek Studies Foundation Prize in Modern Greek Studies 2

Michael How

The Modern Greek Studies Foundation Prize in Modern Greek Studies 3

Pinelopi Sempsis

The Politis Family Scholarship in Modern Greek and/or Byzantine Studies

Dimitra Anthony

The Sydney University Greek Society (SUGS) Prize for Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies

Hero image: Recipients of scholarships and prizes with donors, VIP guests, Faculty Dean Professor Lisa Adkins, and staff of the School of Languages and Cultures. Photos by Bill Green.

Browse the 2024 School of Languages and Cultures Awards Ceremony photo album on Facebook.

*2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject

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