Kavika Singhal named finalist in NSW International Student Awards

Western Sydney University offers its congratulations to Kavika Singhal who has been named a finalist in the prestigious 2021 NSW International Student Awards.

Kavika was recognised for her dedication to her studies and contributions as a STEM advocate and volunteer, including through her role at the Indian Support Centre and the Be Connected program, helping to increase digital literacy in her community, in particular older members of the community.

As a talented Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour student, Kavika has contributed to the University community as the President of the Cyber Security Association and as a Microsoft Student Ambassador.

“Being named a finalist in the NSW International Student Awards gave me a moment filled with joy, happiness, pride, and most importantly, heartfelt gratitude to the army of people who stand by me,” said Kavika.

“It also means that I will work smarter and harder towards my goals while continuing to contribute to society.”

As an international student from India, Kavika said she found the first few months of her studies a challenge, but the diversity of students and staff at Western Sydney University amazed her.

“The University provides immense support to its international students, including through opportunities such as Toastmasters, Global Scope, Interchange, and the WiSE program,” she explained.

“I received one-on-one mentoring sessions through the Western Success program to help me start my journey, be consistent and accelerate in my chosen field.

“I’ve also completed several exciting internships as part of my degree, including as a Cyber Security Consultant at EY Australia and will join Google later this year.”

After graduation, Kavika hopes to work in a role that harnesses technology for the benefit of humanity.

“Cybersecurity is growing each day but the implementation of it at the ground level is highly necessary since that's how we as a community can grow together,” she said.

“I wish that in the coming years each person, regardless of their age or economic background, has the basic knowledge of cyber safety and security and I will continue to work towards that.

“I also wish to work towards a more diverse and inclusive environment for women in STEM – especially in cybersecurity – and to create more opportunities for employment and skill development for international students.”

Kavika is a Western Sydney University Young Women of the West 2021 finalist; 2021 7News Young Achievers Awards semi-finalist; and Best Security Student: Australian Women in Security Awards finalist.

The NSW International Student Awards honour inspirational international student leaders, education providers, business and community groups and celebrate their contributions to the community. The winners will be announced on Friday 12 November.

Visit the Study NSW website (opens in a new window) for more information.

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3 November 2021

Media Unit