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In recognition of his service to the community and university.

In recognition of his service to the community and university, Deakin MBA student — Chintan Pathak has been named Victorian state finalist in the 2017 Australian Leadership Excellence Awards (ALEA).

Offered by the Institute of Managers and Leaders, the ALEAs represent six award categories that recognise and celebrate Australia’s most outstanding leaders.

Chintan is a finalist in the Student Leader category, which showcases the most successful young leaders who are enrolled fulltime in an undergraduate, postgraduate or vocational qualification in Australia. The category acknowledges services to both the university and community outside the student’s studies.

As an international student, Chintan has made the most of his Australian study experience by taking on as many voluntary and networking opportunities as possible.

He has held a secretariat role with the Australian Federation of International Students, been president of Deakin Graduate Business Society, is a mentor to new Deakin students, participates in faculty marketing activities and Open Days, member of SEEC (Student Experience & Engagement Committee) committee at Deakin to represent and resolve issues related to students, and has also volunteered with the Australian Red Cross organisation.

Now working as an alumni coordinator with the Deakin Business School, Chintan enjoys the opportunity to network with the wider-university community.

‘I love volunteering and view it as an opportunity to develop my leadership experience, develop networks and to be proactive in gaining experience that is otherwise difficult to achieve as an international student. Volunteering extends and enables me to offer assistance to others but in doing so I gain valuable insight into issues facing the community and how organisations operate,’ he says.

Chintan’s success as a finalist meant that he had demonstrate his  leadership activities and their impact, his leadership approach, evidence of leadership practices, his contribution to the university and its student community, and his commitment to personal development and goals.

Attending the state finals in Melbourne on 21 September, Chintan will be interviewed for shortlisting as a national finalist. If successful, he will then attend the national finals ceremony in Sydney.

He says, however, that making it to the finals is not so about him but those he’s been able to help along the way.

‘It’s an honour to be recognised as state finalist but I also feel it’s more about the students I’ve been able to help through my leadership and their pathways to success.’