A student from LSE has won a top prize in a British Council competition celebrating the achievements of international students in the UK.
Malvika Saraogi, who is from India, was a runner up in the International Student Awards 2008, thanks to her inspirational story of student life in the UK. Now in its sixth year, the national competition honours international students and their contributions to life in the UK. To enter, each student was asked to write a personal 'letter home' in English, detailing the out-of-class achievements that help make their time in the UK so rewarding.
More than 1500 students, representing 127 nationalities, entered this year's competition. Malvika won her place in the final after being named International Student of the Year for the London region in the UK. She joined 11 other regional winners challenging for the overall UK International Student of the Year 2008 award. World-renowned shoe designer, Jimmy Choo, presented Malvika with a £1000 prize and a commemorative trophy at the awards ceremony in London (pictured).
Malvika is studying management at LSE. During her time in the UK, she has been part of a team that organised a conference and fundraiser for 200 students from across Europe, which raised £6000 in one night. Malvika has also worked as a volunteer for the UK arm of the Indian NGO 'Child Rights and You' and fundraised for both Oxfam and Wateraid. In addition, she regularly writes for the School newspaper, The Beaver.
Malvika said: 'It was an excellent opportunity to meet people from various walks in life and get introduced to so many new opportunities.'
Will Breare-Hall, LSE's International Student Recruitment and Study Abroad manager said: 'LSE is delighted that Malvika's talent has been recognised with this prestigious award. She is an excellent ambassador for the many gifted international students studying at the School.'
The International Student Awards focuses on the virtues of living and studying in the UK, not solely on academic achievements, and aims to celebrate diversity and creativity within UK institutions.
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4 September 2008