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State of Victoria toasts int’l education sector

The state of Victoria in Australia has acknowledged the contribution of its leading universities, colleges, and language schools, international students, businesses and not-for-profit organisations as it celebrated the 2014 Victorian International Education Awards last week.

Victoria attracts around 140,000 international student enrolments each year, contributing almost AUS$4.5bn to the state’s economy

Now in its second year, the awards acknowledged 15 award winners across 14 categories and were presented by Employment and Trade Minister Louise Asher at Parliament House in Melbourne.

“Drawn to Victoria by our world class education system and lifestyle, international students enhance the vibrancy of our communities and play a key role strengthening person-to-person and business links with countries across our region and around the world,” said Asher.

“International students enhance the vibrancy of our communities and play a key role strengthening person-to-person and business links with countries across our region and around the world”

“Our state’s outstanding education and training institutions are renowned globally for excellence and innovation in delivering international education, both here in Victoria and overseas,” she added.

A notable winner was Deakin University which won triumphed in three categories: Premier’s Award for International Education Provider of the Year; Excellence in International Education and Student Employability and Career Development.

William Angliss Institute of TAFE student Harriyadi Irawan from Indonesia won the Premier’s Award for International Education Student of the Year and was also named the winner of the International Student of the Year – Vocational Education and Training category for his efforts studying an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

He scooped AUS$20,000 towards further study related expenses after he won two categories. “Harriyadi has embraced a range of volunteering opportunities that will pay dividends not only for his future job prospects but right now as he builds connections with the local community,” said the panel.

Other individual international student award winners from Poland, China and Brazil also won awards of up to AUS$10,000 for study-related expenses. 

The state of Victoria attracts around 140,000 international student enrolments each year, contributing almost AUS$4.5bn to the state’s economy and supporting around 30,000 jobs in 2013.

Full list of 2014 International Education Award Winners:

Premier’s Award – International Education Provider of the Year – Deakin University
Premier’s Award – International Student of the Year  – Mr Harriyadi Irawan, Indonesia
Excellence in International Education – University – Deakin University
Excellence in International Education – TAFE  – Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT)
Excellence in International Education – Private Education & Training – Holmes Institute
Excellence in International Education – English Language Training – Impact English
Excellence in International Education – Student Employability and Career Development – Deakin University (Joint Winner) William Angliss Institute (Joint Winner)

Excellence in International Student Experience – Meld Magazine

Excellence in Innovation in Research Partnerships – Monash University

Excellence in Innovation in Industry Partnerships – The University of Melbourne
International Student of the Year – Research – Mr Bartlomiej Kolodziejczyk, Poland (Monash University)
International Student of the Year – Higher Education – Ms Yuanbin Wei, China (Monash University – Gippsland)
International Student of the Year – Vocational Education and Training (VET) – Mr Harriyadi Irawan, Indonesia (William Angliss Institute of TAFE)
International Student of the Year – English Language Training – Mr Rafael Barty Dextro, Brazil (Monash University English Language Centre)

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