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IEAA celebrates innovators in Aus int’l education

IEAA has recognised the trailblazers behind Australia’s international education sector, announcing the winners of the IEAA Excellence Awards 2020 during a virtual ceremony.

Over one in 50 people in Australia is an international student

Australia’s international education sector is the nation’s fourth largest export and the world’s third most popular study destination for international students.

“Over one in 50 people in Australia is an international student,” said IEAA CEO, Phil Honeywood.

“International education has played and will continue to play a critical role in enhancing
Australia’s cultural diversity”

“As such, international education has played and will continue to play a critical role in enhancing
Australia’s cultural diversity, international connections and economic prosperity.”

“In what has been an incredibly challenging year for our sector, we have seen amazing innovations and outstanding contributions from colleagues,” added Janelle Chapman, president of IEAA.

“We will continue to work towards a safe reintroduction of international students to Australia.
Welcoming our students back to our shores will be a key lever to mitigate the impact of covid-19 on our economy and way of life” added Chapman.

“These initiatives… will ensure that we continue to be a top study destination in the minds of international students and in equal measure, ensure Australian students have access to life changing global experiences”.

“We recognise these significant contributions by our colleagues. Their efforts, and those of their peers, will ensure that we can we rebuild, reconnect and reenergise to maintain our status as a global education leader” concluded Honeywood.

A common thread among this year’s awardees is their passion and dedication to enhancing the international student experience for both international and domestic students, IEAA added.

The recipients of this year’s awards are:

Marc Weedon-Newstead – Distinguished Contribution to International Education
Group Executive, Education, UNSW Global

Heather Thomas – Excellence in Leadership in International Education 
Deputy General Manager / Director Global Programs, UOW College Australia

Ocean Cheung – Tony Adams Rising Star Award
Programs and Marketing Coordinator, Practera

Global Immersion Guarantee, Monash Univeresity – Best Practice in International Education
Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Monash University
Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Associate Dean International, Faculty of Arts, Monash University
Dr Bodean Hedwards, Manager, Global Immersion Guarantee, Monash University
Associate Professor Sarah McDonald, Deputy Dean Education, Faculty of Arts, Monash

Victorian Certificate of Education Offshore Program – Best Practice in International Education
Lisa Hayman, International Manager, Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority
Elise Kavanagh, International Program Manager, Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority
Alan James, Program Manager, School-based Assessment Audit, Victorian Curriculum and
Assessment Authority

FutureLearn Study with Australia campaign – Innovation in International education
David Granzow, Director, ANZ Partnerships. FutureLearn
Cinta Grimaitre, Senior Advisor, Study Australia Digital Platforms, Austrade
Daniel Hope, Course Development Manager, APAC, FutureLearn
Sarah Stanton-French, Manager, International Education, Austrade

Catalina Florez – Excellence in Professional Commentary Related to International Education
Cross Platform Journalist, SBS World News

Dr. Le Thanh Huong Phan – Outstanding Postgraduate Thesis Award
Casual Research Fellow, Deakin University
PHD Topic: Internationalisation of the Business Curriculum in Australian and Vietnamese Universities


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