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Student of the Year 2018 – meet the finalists!


Over the last few months, Adzuna have received thousands of incredible entries from students across the globe, all hoping for the coveted title of ‘Student of the Year 2018’. After months of deliberation, we have whittled it down to the following 11 candidates:

Bowen Guan – UK

University: University College London, Imperial College London

Bowen is working towards becoming an energy and environmental consultant, and has already accumulated award-winning knowledge and experience on high-level projects. With our changing climate, Bowen believes that this role will be essential in providing information and expertise on energy usage and environmental issues for our planet.

Tim van de Wiel – Netherlands

University: iPabo Amsterdam

Tim is currently studying to become a primary school teacher. His progression towards this career comes from a desire to fill the gap between the demand for educators and the lack of teachers in the Netherlands. Additionally, he wants to equip children with the skills they need to develop their own interests and talents for the future.

Bibata Amadou Sala Assane – France

University: Polytech Annecy-Chambéry

Bibata aspires to be a water treatment research engineer, and currently studies Environment Building and Energy Engineering at university to work towards achieving her goal. Originally from Niger, she has experienced the issues surrounding drinkable water first-hand. As such, she aims to find ways of providing water to areas that have limited access.

Federico Trocino – Italy

University: Università della Valle d’Aosta and Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona

Frederico dreams of becoming a psychologist. His love of languages means he can work across countless countries – his application for Student of the Year effortlessly moved between Italian, English and Spanish (and back again).

Aleksey Sunyaykin – Russia

University: Pacific State Medical University

Aleksey’s goal is to become a paediatrician specialising in oncology. He aims to use his education to help others from Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East. In addition, Aleksey displayed empathy and determination towards finding better solutions in oncology for children in Russia.

Vivek Saahil – India

University: Army Institute of Technology

Vivek hopes to become a research and development engineer, an ambition which has derived from an experience he had while at student accommodation. During a period of water shortage at his student hostel, Vivek worked with administration to implement a water-treatment system that works without the need for electricity.


Pedro Vinicius Falcão – Brazil

University: Universidade de Brasilia

Pedro has experienced an environment where people were vulnerable and exposed to poverty, and it inspired him to study public health in an attempt to help them. Pedro has taken part in various projects involving the health system, LGBT communities in Brazil and societal groups that are most at risk.

Ann Lunt – United States

University: George Fox University

Ann hopes to become an entrepreneur, with the desire to run a communal arts space that is teeming with facilities for all to enjoy. She is currently working towards this dream through running an online handmade ceramics store, as well as through studying art and teaching.

Karen Four – Canada

University: Sheridan College

Karen wishes to be a scrum master for a startup AR, VR or tech company. Her drive to master various levels of digital communication, in addition to upwards of 30 years of experience in the industry, has been crucial in preparing her for her desired career. Karen is currently studying to gain more knowledge in marketing communication strategies and hopes to utilise this in her future job.

Emmie Chiyindiko – South Africa

University: University of Free State

Emmie dreams of becoming a science communicator, having taken part in research projects that looked at metal complexes using techniques mastered from her education in chemistry. Her research will benefit the manufacturing and science industries by creating a catalyst to increase production levels internationally.

Kimberly La – Australia

University: Macquarie University

With a dream of becoming the CEO of the law firm Allens, Kimberly aims to spread awareness about ethical practices and equality in the workplace. Her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace has propelled her towards her goal of supporting the LGBT community and those with mental health conditions.

These 11 contenders are in with a chance of winning some incredible prizes, including:

  • A cash prize of £3,500 (around Rs 3.3 lakhs)
  • An internship at a top company in their preferred industry
  • A career booster package, which also includes a 1 to 1 mentoring session
  • CV clinic
  • £200 (around Rs 18,000) to spend on courses at Udemy

Good luck to all of those lucky 11 who are participating! The winner will be announced on the 28th of January 2019. Make sure to follow and keep an eye on Adzuna’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for any Student of the Year 2018 updates!