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The Study Queensland Excellence Awards

The Study Queensland Excellence Awards recognise the contributions that outstanding students, industry and alumni make to the international education and training (IET) sector, and the broader community in Queensland.

The 2018 Study Queensland Excellence Award winners are:


Hector Barrios-Garrido

Alumni Student Champion of the Year

Hector Barrios-Garrido (Venezuela), PhD in Philosophy Research Thesis (Environmental Science and Management) at James Cook University (JCU). Awarded for his innovative approach to sustaining North Queensland’s cultural heritage and ecosystems, including assisting with marine conservation projects from Raine Island to Moreton Bay and developing new conservation practices and monitoring programs to protect marine turtles and dugongs.

Donna Cook

Industry Champion of the Year

Donna Cook, member of the English Australia Board and long-time champion of Queensland’s unique and diverse IET student population. Ms Cook’s many community and industry efforts include establishing teacher training projects across Asia and organising the Raise Your Voice Choir Festival.

Kasun Kalhara

Higher Education Student Champion of the Year

Kasun Kalhara (Sri Lanka), Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at Queensland University of Technology. Mr Kalhara helps regional Indigenous students and small student communities with academic improvement and computer literacy, as well as organising community events.

Grant Volrath

Vocational Education Training Student Champion of the Year

Grant Volrath (United Kingdom) Cert IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling at TAFE Queensland. Mr Volrath shares his mechanical knowledge with fellow students at TAFE Queensland’s Bundaberg campus, where he leads and mentor small groups. He also helps international students settle into Bundaberg.

Tatu Jentze

Schools Student Champion of the Year

Tatu Jentze (Finland), high school at Varsity College, Gold Coast. He is making exceptional contributions through a wide range of volunteering and fundraising activities.

Makund Madhav

Research Student Champion of the Year

Makund Madhav (India), PhD in Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland. Mr Madhav combines his work with a community-focused mindset including arranging regular meetups where international and Australian students converse over culture, science, community, and innovation.

Willian Donadon Siqueira

ELICOS Student Champion of the Year

Willian Donadon Siqueira (Brazil), English (ELICOS) at Langports English Language School. Mr Donadon raises awareness and provides community engagement for ELICOS and LGBTQI students in Brisbane through the Rainbow Hub.

Alana Boyles

Regional Student Champion of the Year

Alana Boyles (USA), Masters in Marine Biology at JCU. Ms Boyles founded JCU’s first International Student Association and provides support to new international students and organises cultural event.

Caitlene Hillman

Queensland International Engagement Champion of the Year

Caitlene Hillman (Brisbane), Griffith Honours College. Ms Hillman is a volunteer tutor for the Multicultural Families Organisation, which helps students from diverse backgrounds achieve academically. She also provides professional development opportunities for local and international students as a Griffith Business School Student Leader.

Faith Valencia-Forrester

International Student Employability Champion of the Year

Griffith University Community Internship Course, coordinated by Griffith University Director of Service Learning, Faith Valencia-Forrester. The course helps domestic and international students develop their employability and on-going civic engagement commitments with local and international charities.

Congratulations to all our winners and your fantastic support of Queensland’s IET sector throughout 2018.

Who are the Awards sponsors?

TAFE Queensland International

TAFE Queensland International, proud sponsor of the Student Excellence Award Vocational Education and Training subcategory

With over 135 years of proud history, TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of vocational education and training (VET) in Queensland, committed to providing students on and offshore with the practical skills sought after by employers in today’s global market. TAFE Queensland offers a broad range of study options through accredited and non-accredited training.

Union Institute of Language

Union Institute of Language, proud sponsor of the Student Excellence Award ELICOS subcategory

Union Institute of Language (UIL) is a proudly Queensland based English Language College with operations in Springfield, Cairns, China, Korea and Indonesia. UIL’s 3 areas of focus are Pathway English Programs, Customised Study Tours and Offshore Teaching Partnerships, all of which deliver enjoyable student experiences with successful academic outcomes.

Navitas Professional

Navitas Professional, proud sponsor of the Industry Champion Award category

Navitas Professional has been delivering career readiness solutions to tertiary students, graduates and young professionals since 2008. A leader in the private education industry, we recognise that graduates need a competitive edge to gain employment. Our programs encompass professional workplace training, mentoring, internships, industry networking, business communication, and leadership skills.

Study Gold Coast

Study Gold Coast, proud sponsor of the Student Employability Excellence Award category

Study Gold Coast aims to educate the community about the value of the sector, provide meaningful student experiences and promote the economic value of the industry in order to expand the city’s talent pool, attract more employers and add depth to the city’s social fabric.


Student One, proud accommodation sponsor

Student One is Brisbane’s premium student accommodation provider. Only accommodating students and with 2400 student beds either in operation or under development in the Brisbane’s CBD, Student One is first choice for students that want the convenience of living in the city. Student One’s flexible approach to living have made them popular with students from all around the world regardless of how long they are here or where they study in Brisbane.

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