Ashraf Abdelbaky

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Where is your home country?


What do you study?

PhD in English Literature

Where do you study?

University of Newcastle

What languages do you speak?

Arabic and English

Fun facts about you

I enjoy meeting new people and playing soccer every week with my friends.

What advice do you have for other international students?

You should never underestimate your own capabilities. People should not expect success to be served to them on a silver plate without trying. They should work hard for themselves to achieve their goals. What matters is not what you face but how you face it, so believe in yourself.

What opportunities has studying in NSW given to you?

Studying in NSW has given me a various opportunities in volunteering and leading many associations to serve in good faith. Currently, I am the president of University of Newcastle Islamic Society (UNIS) and the founder and president of the Newcastle Arab Students Society (NASS). I also volunteer as the International Convener for the Newcastle University Students Association (NUSA) and the International representative for Students Advisory Council (SAC).

In recognition of my contributions, I was nominated as a finalist for the 2017 NSW International Students Awards. I also received the University Of Newcastle (UON) Global Citizen Award and UON Postgraduate Student of the Year Award in 2017. I have represented international students at the Council of International Students in Australia (CISA) conference in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, I was selected to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium at Bangkok, Thailand in 2018. Lastly, I was featured as the Explorer of Diversity and Social Inclusion in UON Enterprise and Innovation 2018 event.

ashraf holding award with group

What has been your favourite experience in NSW?

I really enjoyed working as an Arabic Community Advisor in a community engagement project involving Ability Links NSW and the St Vincent de Paul.  I not only helped people who came from different backgrounds understand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) but also promoted a more culturally-diverse society through workshops and events I attended with other multicultural groups. Moreover, I organized an event for Arabian community members regarding access to NDIS. In recognition of my work, I received a certificate of congratulations from the NSW Minister of Multiculturalism and Disability Services, The Hon. Ray Williams.

ashraf receives finalists award for 2017 NSW international student awards