Lord Mayor’s International Student Prize Winner
Sami Backley is the winner of the first Lord Mayor’s International Student Prize. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, made a presentation to him at a reception at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, yesterday evening.
The Lord Mayor said “It was a difficult choice and I was hugely impressed by the great contribution these students are making to the city in a range of areas such as working on programmes to counter educational disadvantage, charity fund-raising, volunteering, sports, and promoting Dublin in their own countries. These students show how much we have to gain as a city in attracting students from around the world to study here and how much we should be supporting their engagement with the wider society. Dublin is a great city for studying and we want to build on this to encourage more students to make Dublin their first choice for education. I am delighted to award the Prize to Sami for his great work with UNICEF raising funds and awareness; and also for his most valuable community work in Dublin’s south inner city. Sami has embraced Dublin as his home and works to improve it.”
Ten Colleges in the Dublin region nominated International students from around the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Sami Backley has been chosen as the International student who best engages with Dublin City. Sami, born in USA but reared and educated in Saudi Arabia, is in his third year studying Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
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