Deputy Prime Minister Bill English presents Anamika Nampoothiry her International Student Excellence Award. 

Press Release 20 October 2016

Anamika Nampoothiry is a high achiever. Having attained top results at Queen Margaret College in Wellington as well as in International Baccalaureate examinations, Anamika’s success has continued and been recognised at one of the highest levels in New Zealand. 

Anamika, who wants to become a Civil Engineer, received one of twelve International Student Excellence Awards from Deputy Prime Minister Bill English last Friday.  The awards recognise the Wellington region’s best all round international students.  

Anamika is currently studying with the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and will, as part of her Bachelor of Engineering Technology, specialise in Water and Waste Water Management. Anamika views water as the “new gold” with many countries, including her home country of India, facing issues with lower water tables and high water scarcity.  Through her studies Anamika wants to learn how to build sustainable solutions to water problems all over the world.  She feels that water creates life, and that there is no better place to learn water management principles than in New Zealand.

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) Chief Executive Chris Whelan says international students are an important part of New Zealand’s education community.  “International students not only make a valuable economic contribution to Wellington, but have an incredibly important cultural impact on their school communities. We’ve developed these awards to recognise the contribution made by individual students. 

“Wellington has world-class education providers that act as a magnet for talented international students to study here and succeed,”  says Chris Whelan.  WREDA received 90 award entries from primary school-aged children to post graduate students from which a judging panel had difficulty in narrowing it down to just 12 winners.

Currently 780 international students (more than 560 Equivalent Full-time students) study at WelTec.