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31 May 2017

With the tenacity to earn a near-perfect grade point average while leading a variety of student engagement initiatives, Nalongded Luanglath is not one to let fear of a challenge defeat his will to achieve.

It is this attribute, among others, that has seen Nalongded, a Bachelor of Business (Honours) student, named 2017 QUT Alumni Student Leader of the Year at an awards ceremony last night.

Nalongded received the award in recognition of his determination to create support and opportunities for student communities, as well as his outstanding academic achievements.

As a young man with a disability, Nalongded aims to demonstrate that with the right support, disability does not preclude a person’s potential to achieve.

“Positive attitude is good – but in and of itself alone is not enough,” Nalongded said.

“My main personal objective is to remove stigma around disability and mental health issues in my community through advocacy and education.”

Now in his honours year, Nalongded has also ensured his time as a QUT student is just as fulfilling outside of his academic results, establishing the QUT Lao Student Club (QUTLSC) in 2014 and participating in a variety of other clubs and associations.

QUT Alumni Manager Ken Gideon said that the Student Leadership Awards are a valuable opportunity for dedicated students to be recognised for their efforts.

“These students are our future alumni, and it’s incredibly important to us to recognise the contributions they’ve already made to the university community and their fellow classmates,” said Ken.

“We’re always amazed at the level of commitment shown by our winners not only to their studies, but to making the world a better place. We’re very proud to be able to recognise that.”

Also receiving recognition at the awards were the following students, who each received a 2017 QUT Alumni Student Leadership Excellence Award:

  • Ria Bhagat – Bachelor of Creative Industries/Bachelors of Laws
  • Timothy Hui – Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Julian Loh – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Josh Loyd – Bachelor of Engineering
  • Chenoa Masters – Bachelor of Education
  • Fred Duku Silver – Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Damien Slinger – Bachelor of Engineering
  • Kristy Winter – Masters of Applied Science (Research)

Congratulations to all of the winners.

For more information on the QUT Alumni Student Leadership Awards, visit the QUT Alumni website.

2017 QUT Alumni Student Leader of the Year, Nalongded Luanglath, with QUT Alumni Board Member Earle Johnston, Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development) Professor Scott Sheppard.


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