Awards, Nominations and Recognition


UTS International Alumni Award 2017
The UTS Alumni Awards gala awards ceremony was attended by 200 alumni, staff and students in the UTS Great Hall on Thursday 21 September 2017. Eleven of the university’s most outstanding graduates were honoured for achievements in innovation, leadership and compassion that are changing the world for the better. This year’s recipients included artists and community workers, drivers of social justice and change in the community, and leaders across the accounting, health and legal professions. Refugee advocate Om Dhungel (MBA 2001), honoured for his innovative approaches to refugee settlement and community development.


Westpac Social Change Fellow 2016

westpac-1The Westpac Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, which is celebrating Westpac’s 200th anniversary in 2017 with a $100 million gift to future generations of Australians. The Westpac Social Change Fellowship supports people from all sectors with the drive to create better lives for all

Australians and is awarded to individuals who have the vision and commitment to deliver an initiative that will improve the wellbeing of Australians.


2016 Community Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the Premier of NSW

community-service-lifetime-achievementThe Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals and the Multicultural Honour Roll highlight the outstanding contribution of migrants, and those who work in the multicultural field, to NSW. Lifetime Community Service Award recognises an individual’s lifetime commitment to community service within a migrant community. The individual will have demonstrated exceptional commitment by providing outstanding and distinguished community service over an extended period of time. The contribution shall have had a significant impact on the social or cultural wellbeing of the community.


2012 National Volunteer Award

2012-national-volunteer-award“Recognised for his work as founding President of the Association of Bhutanese in Australia, Sydney, I congratulate Om Dhungel. Om has been actively volunteering for many years assisting the Bhutanese community in sports, education and employment.” – Hon David Bradbury, MP, Assistant Treasurer, congratulating the 2012 National Volunteer Award recipients in his address to the Federal Parliament, February 2013





Other major awards and achievements

  • UTS International Alumni Award 2017
  • Refugee Week Ambassador 2017
  • 2010 Community Relations Commission Awards for Volunteering Certificate of Acknowledgement
  • Nominated to the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Awards (2010)
  • Community Ambassador, MTC Australia
  • Telstra Kids Funds Ambassador
  • Telstra Hometown Ambassador
  • Awards and recognition from different community organisations

Om is widely travelled particularly in Asia, Europe, and the United States, representing the government of Bhutan and NGOs, at various international meetings and conferences including:

  • Delegate at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna.
  • Alternate Representative / Deputy Head of delegation of the Royal Government of Bhutan at the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC’92) in Spain.
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