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Shining example of achievements

12 April 2008

Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno

A third year PhD student from the Philippines who set up a project in his home country to rebuild a village school has been highly commended in a national competition run by the British Council.

Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno, based in the School of Social Sciences’ Seafarers International Research Centre has been recognised in the 2008 International Student of the Year awards for his inspirational story of life as a student at Cardiff, and his achievements on an international stage.

Designed to highlight the achievements of international students while studying in the UK, the annual awards are a major competition in the international student calendar, and is supported annually by Cardiff University. To enter students write a ‘letter home’, as if to a relative or friend or a former teacher or mentor, outlining their experiences of student life in the UK. Don with Balud school teachers

In his letter, Don, who is currently researching the vulnerability of seafarers to HIV/AIDS in Brazil, and is also a Fellow of the Nippon Foundation, described passionately his work in the areas of health and welfare, his role in establishing the Balud Project to refurbish a school in the island of Samar in the Philippines, and his enjoyment in being interim president of the Filipino Students Society.

Commenting on his achievement, Don said: "I have been privileged to be accepted at this prestigious university and I couldn’t ask for more. My stay at Cardiff has helped me to aspire to want to reach out with my work on a global scale and I will definitely carry the true spirit of the University wherever I go."

Katie Jones from the University’s International Development Division said: "Don joins a select group of students from the University to have been recognised in the International Student of the Year awards. Don’s story will be an inspiration to many of our students at home and abroad and demonstrates the kind of success and support many of our students enjoy while studying with us."

The award follows results from the most recent International Student Barometer survey showing international students are highly satisfied with the quality of teaching they receive at Cardiff University.

Click here to read Don’s letter.