From an education leader who’s given many years of service to a Year 10 student with a global social conscience, the state’s international education and training (IET) stars were recognised last night at Queensland’s inaugural IET Excellence Awards.
Industry Champion of the Year went to Study Cairns President Carol Doyle, who works countless volunteer hours to promote Cairns as an international study destination while also managing her own distance education business.
Carol’s nomination, by a colleague, noted that she not only leads Study Cairns and represents the region in many forums, but goes the extra mile to deliver hands-on help when necessary. Cooking a Sunday morning breakfast on the Cairns Esplanade for a visiting international study group was just one of the examples given.
The award for Alumni of the Year went to Dr Linh Tran, who completed her PhD at QUT.
Dr Tran has shown great leadership as head of the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Since being appointed to the role in 2014, she has implemented a new competency-based nursing curriculum, established partnerships with many other health organisations, and introduced international exchange programs for students.
Last night’s awards also recognised international students achieving excellence in Queensland institutions, with winners named in the categories of higher education, VET, research, ELICOS and regional student of the year. The successful students come from countries around the world, including India, Canada, Brazil and the Netherlands.
The youngest winner of the evening was Taehwan Kim from Korea, a Year 10 student at Brisbane Boys College, who was named School Student of the Year. An academic high achiever, Taehwan also excels in music and sport and has a strong sense of social justice. He is active in Amnesty International, the Red Shield Appeal, the Coffee for Cambodia fundraising program, and mentoring and coaching younger students.
As well as receiving official recognition for their IET achievements, award recipients will become ambassadors for Study Queensland and help promote Queensland as a leading international student destination.
The IET Excellence Awards are an initiative of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland.
Read the full list of winners.