Meet the winners of the Victorian International Education Awards!

Leading Victorian education providers, businesses, not for profit organisations and international students from countries including Poland, China, Indonesia and Brazil have been recognised at the 2014 Victorian International Education Awards at Parliament House, Victoria. International Student of the Year recipients will receive scholarships of up to $10,000 for study related expenses at a Victorian education institution, while an additional $10,000 will be awarded to the winner of the Premier’s Award for International Student of the Year. 

International Student of the Year – English Language Training, Rafael Barty Dextro (Brazil)
Before starting the Science Without Borders program at Monash University, Rafael enrolled at the institution’s English Language Centre to improve his language skills. “I now have much more confidence to speak and study. As a volunteer for Conservation Volunteers Australia I am able to communicate with native speakers outside my comfort zone and visit many places around Victoria. I am a different man thanks to my journey to the Land Down Under and to every single person that I have met here.” Rafael is a student leader and has been part of the university’s student ambassador program.

International Student of the Year – Higher Education, Yuanbin Wei (China)

Yuanbin’s journey to studying a Masters of Teaching at Monash began with a Chinese TV drama made in Australia. “I loved the beautiful scenery and after high school I came to Melbourne.” Now in her sixth year in Melbourne she loves the lifestyle, multicultural atmosphere and being exposed to different learning opportunities. “I have been to different states in Australia and to anyone interested in visiting, I recommend Melbourne, it is my second home.” Yuanbin is also familiar with regional Victoria, having spent time working in China study and Chinese language programs in two Gippsland schools. Now studying to become a Chinese language teacher, Yuanbin is an active volunteer in community development projects and as a Lifeline counsellor.

International Student of the Year – Premier’s Award and Vocational Education and Training, Harriyadi Irawan (Indonesia)

Studying an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management at William Angliss Institute of TAFE is a dream come true for Harriyadi. “My parents could not afford to help me study overseas. However I never stopped dreaming about my goal to have an overseas education. Tourism and hospitality is my favourite field of study and work. Meeting new people, solving their problems and helping customers is a pleasure.” Harriyadi is also an active volunteer with the Collingwood Information Centre, Jesuit Social Services, and as a City of Melbourne International Student Ambassador.

International Education Provider of the Year, Deakin University

The complete 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 (William Angliss Institute of TAFE)

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
  • The Australian Ballet School (Highly Commended)

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
  • The University of Melbourne (Highly Commended)

Excellence in Innovation in Industry Partnerships

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australian Computer Society (Highly Commended)
  • Mint Group (Highly Commended)

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