Christine Bundesen helped establish the Elicos Association, as it was then known, in the 1980s and was its first Chairperson. Well known in Australia, she has also been the recipient of an Australian Centenary Medal for ‘contributing to the overseas student visa programs and the teaching of English’, and a medal by the Danang People’s Committee of Vietnam in recognition of her educational development work in Vietnam.
Current Chair of EA, Chris Wallis, applauded this latest accolade. “Christine Bundesen was one of the prime movers in the establishment and development of the Australian international education for overseas students industry,” she said.
Wallis noted that the industry has grown in 25 years to become one of the nation’s largest exports. “Christine has been both a pioneer and an exceptional leader of the English language training sector and international education as a whole both nationally and globally.”
Officially, Ms Bundesen was awarded “For service to international tertiary education through leadership roles in the field of English Language Teaching, to the development of quality assurance standards, and to professional organisations.”