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March 17, 2015

Business Marketing co-op student Rumman Ullah Khan honoured.

Fanshawe student Rumman Ullah Khan has received the 2014 Co-op Student of the Year award from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

Rising to the top from a field of 27 nominees, Rumman, "embodied all the attributes of an outstanding co-op student – a significant impact in their co-op placement, high academic performance, commitment to enhancing the profile of co-operative education at their post-secondary institution, and making a difference in their communities."

photo of Rumman Ullah KhanRumman is enrolled in the Business Marketing program with the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business. He is an international student having arrived from Pakistan in 2012. Rumman has successfully completed three co-op work terms and holds a 4.05 GPA while at the same time volunteering in the community and on-campus at every opportunity.

Rumman is an avid learner, having completed one international exchange in The Hague and one in Wales, UK. Rumman is a true ambassador for co-operative education, Fanshawe College and the London community. He praises the benefits of co-operative education, stating that "this is such a great program which helps students integrate academic study with paid, related work experience. Especially as an international student, it was a golden opportunity for me and I took full advantage of it."

In support of Rumman's nomination, Tracy Wintermute, VP Human Resources at Voyageur Transportation Services, wrote that "Not only did Rumman exceed my expectations, he exceeded expectations of all those employees who had contact with him. He worked on several projects for the President who to this day still asks when Rumman is coming back to work for us."

In addition to receiving a $500 cash award from CAFCE, with a certificate to commemorate their achievements, Rumman and Andrew Andrade, the other winner from the University of Waterloo, will each receive the $500 Emery-Dufault Award. The Emery-Dufault Award was established by CAFCE in 2003 in recognition of the contributions of two of the founding fathers of co-operative education in Canada, Dr. Charles Leslie (Les) Emery and Professor George Joseph Dufault. Les Emery first introduced the idea of co-operative education to Waterloo College Association Faculties, the forerunner of the University of Waterloo. His proposal and subsequent work led to the establishment of the first co-operative education program in Canada. George Dufault set up and headed the Department of Co-ordination during its first year (from 1957 to 1958) at Waterloo College Associate Faculties. This was the forerunner of the current Co-operative Education and Career Action department at the University of Waterloo.

Each year CAFCE recognizes outstanding co-op student achievement at the college and university level. Co-op offices across Canada will be celebrating this and other co-op initiatives during National Co-operative Education Week, March 16-20, 2015. Currently there are 79 CAFCE member institutions across Canada and the U.S. representing over 80,000 students.

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