Meet the recipients of the 2015 Victorian International Education Awards

Outstanding international students and Victorian education providers have been celebrated for their exceptional contributions to the international education sector at the Victorian International Education Awards.

The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert both congratulated the Award recipients for their contributions to the State and its international education sector.

The Victorian International Education Awards were first held in 2013, with the 2015 program recognising 17 international student finalists from 13 countries, five Victorian students and 19 education providers across the State.

VICTORIAN STUDENT OF THE YEAR – INTERNATIONALISATION

Joslyn Ma (Australia). Monash University.

Joslyn is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law at Monash University. She is heavily involved in the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) which aims to strengthen ties between Australian and Chinese students, and is the Founder and President of the ACYA VIC Bilingual Language Competition. The competition allows bilingual students the opportunity to
showcase their cross-cultural understanding and language proficiency.

Joslyn is also the ACYA Monash Vice President of Education and has implemented a ‘Buddy Program’. The program pairs domestic and international students together and aims to enhance cultural integration and provide a platform for members to improve their language skills.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR – ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING

Jirayut Prompen (Thailand). Monash University English Language Centre

Jirayut is studying English at the Monash University English Language Centre, after receiving a scholarship from the Thai Government to study abroad.

In Victoria, Jirayut has volunteered as a student leader at the Monash University English Language Centre, a support coordinator on Family Fun Day for Down Syndrome Victoria, and is a kitchen staff member at the Doncaster Salvation Army centre.

He has also joined a leadership training program at Monash College and has gained confidence in public speaking. Jirayut hopes to continue to help Thai students in Victoria to connect and share their experiences.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR – VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Aibinuomo (Hybee) Iyiade (Nigeria). Box Hill Institute

Overcoming extreme poverty, Hybee arrived from Nigeria to complete a Diploma of Nursing at Box Hill Institute.

Hybee holds a Certificate III in Aged Care and a Certificate III in Home and Community Care from the Box Hill Institute. At the end of his Aged Care program, he was awarded the Student of Excellence of the Year and a Study Support Scholarship from Box Hill Institute, which recognised his academic achievements and community involvement.

Hybee is part of the Young Adult Group of the Reach Community Church in Northcote where he supports young adults experiencing hardships and assists young migrants with integrating into Victorian communities. His desire is to return home and make a positive impact on the health sector in Nigeria.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR – HIGHER EDUCATION

PREMIER’S AWARD – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Ms Fang Xuan Koay (Malaysia). The University of Melbourne.

Fang is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne.
As an advocate for international students’ rights, Fang has devoted three years to the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MASCA) and founded the careers arm for MASCA and the Malaysian Summit of Australia. The initiative assists more than 5,000 Malaysians studying in Australia prepare for future employment. Fang was also elected as the National Secretary and Victorian representative of the Council of International Students Australia (CISA). During her tenure, she founded the CISAmbassador, CISATalk and the International Student Leadership Program initiatives which aim to empower student leaders with essential skills.

Fang Xuan Koay’s academic achievement and community advocacy made her an outstanding role model for the international student community. Her passion for supporting fellow international students and the wider community has been well demonstrated, with her quiet determination and caring spirit impressing the judges and broader community alike.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR – RESEARCH

Ashrafalsadat Hosseini (Iran). The University of Melbourne

Ashrafalsadat, is currently undertaking a PhD in Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology at The University of Melbourne. She has contributed to various national and global collaborative projects focused around the topic of resilience factors associated with the mental health and wellbeing of immigrants.

She founded the Iranian-Australian Mental Health Professional Network which brings together mental health professionals and GPs to provide members with professional development, peer support and access to local services. Ashrafalsadat is a volunteer at the Office of the Public Advocate, the Australian Action Diaspora and a community encounter volunteer in the Victorian Police Academy.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Impact English College

Impact English College has been recognised for its commitment to a student-centred education experience. Its innovative approaches and leadership in the enhancement of student employability and experience, both academically and socially, were celebrated by judges as an example of industry excellence in supporting the continued growth and sustainability of high quality English Language teaching in Victoria.

The complete list of 2015 winners are:

Provider Awards

Excellence in International Education – English Language Training
Ability English

Excellence in International Education – Private Education & Training
The Australian Ballet School

Excellence in International Education – TAFE
Box Hill Institute

Excellence in International Education – University
Monash University

Excellence in International Student Employability and Career Development
RMIT University (Winner)
Swinburne University (Highly Commended)

Excellence in International Student Experience
Impact English College (Winner)
Australian Federation of International Students (Highly Commended)

Excellence in Innovation in Industry Partnerships
Deakin University and IBM

Student Awards

International Student of the Year – English Language Training
Jirayut Prompen, Monash University English Language Centre (Thailand)

International Student of the Year – Vocational Education & Training (VET)
Aibinuomo ‘Hybee’ Iyiade, Box Hill Institute (Nigeria)

International Student of the Year – Higher Education
Fang Xuan Koay, The University of Melbourne (Malaysia)

International Student of the Year – Research
Ashrafalsadat Hosseini, The University of Melbourne (Iran)

Victorian Student of the Year – Internationalisation
Joslyn Ma, Monash University (Australia)

Premier’s Awards

Premier’s Award – International Student of the Year
Fang Xuan Koay, The University of Melbourne (Malaysia)

Premier’s Award – International Education Provider of the Year
Impact English College

 

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