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2008 Queensland Education and Training International

Awards for Excellence

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Message from the Minister


About the QETI Awards

QETI Award recipients


International Student of the Year


International Alumnus of the Year


Queensland Student Ambassador of the Year


Outstanding Professional Contribution


Outstanding International Student Support


Outstanding Work Placement Program


Best Practice in International Collaboration


Outstanding Industry Support


Outstanding Pathway Program


Excellence in Outward Mobility


Education and Training Award

Message from the Minister Congratulations to each of the 2008 Queensland Education and Training International Awards for Excellence winners and a special thank you to all who nominated for this prestigious awards program. You can be proud of your valuable contribution to Queensland’s third largest export industry. It is only fitting that the professionals, students, alumni and organisations that excel in this field be acknowledged for their great achievements and for their outstanding contributions. Each one of you makes this industry such a success, and it is you who ensures that each and every international student that comes to Queensland receives a quality education, a safe stay, a great cultural exchange and a truly memorable experience. The QETI Awards are a great opportunity to share in the successes of other institutions and individuals – and to advance the industry through networking and collaboration. With an annual contribution of over $1.6 billion to the Queensland economy and more than 68,000 international student enrolments in Queensland institutions last year, this is clearly an area of great economic and cultural importance. The QETI Awards highlight the broader cultural, educational and social benefits that international students bring to the Smart State. Please take time to read about the winners in this booklet and find out more about these talented individuals and the innovative projects and services provided in education and training.

John Mickel MP Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations


About the QETI Awards The QETI Awards are a showcase of the achievements of this important industry and an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding projects and people in Queensland’s international education and training sector. The awards are also an ongoing developmental instrument for an industry where much can be learnt by sharing information among peers. This way the industry remains innovative, finds better ways to attract international students, ensures a safe, productive experience for students and provides the necessary grounding for a successful career.

2008 QETI Awards This year, a new suite of award categories has been developed which highlight the quality of our industry. QETI received thirty-eight nominations across eleven categories from all four sectors: schools; English language and pathway providers; vocational education and training institutions; and the higher education sector. QETI would like to thank each of the 2008 nominees for their applications. The standard of nominations this year was very high and all entrants are deserving of recognition and praise.

QETI Awards Seal This year, QETI has introduced an Awards seal for use by the winners and highly commended in each category to ensure the ongoing recognition of their success. Winning organisations may use this logo on their promotional materials, websites and marketing collateral to promote to international students, education agents and other stakeholders their high achievement in international education. The logo will become a recognised symbol of success in international education and training and a coveted addition to institutions’ marketing programs.


Queensland Education and Training International congratulates the 2008 award recipients for achieving excellence in their field! International Student of the Year Winner: Mr Juan Sebastian Diaz Gasca Highly commended: Mr Greg Xu

International Alumnus of the Year Winner: Dr Ly Qui Trung Highly commended: Mr Path Heang

Queensland Student Ambassador of the Year Winner: Ms Marlo Kaye Rankin Highly Commended: Mr Alex Nesevski

Outstanding Professional Contribution Winner: Mr Thomas Toh

Outstanding International Student Support Winner: Brisbane North International School Alliance

Outstanding Work Placement Program Winner: Griffith Business School

Best Practice in International Collaboration Winner: Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University Highly commended: Centre for Marine Studies, The University of Queensland

Outstanding Industry Support Winner: Indigo Technologies Ltd.

Outstanding Pathway Program Winner: QUT International College

Excellence in Outward Mobility Winner: The School of Medicine, The University of Queensland

Education and Training Award Winner: Griffith University


International Student of the Year Recognising the outstanding contribution of an international student in Queensland to the student community and the international education industry

Mr Juan Sebastian Diaz Gasca Colombia Exemplary student Mr Juan Sebastian Diaz Gasca has achieved academic excellence in his Bachelor of Popular Music studies with a GPA of 6.16. In recognition of this, Sebastian earned the Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence in 2006 and 2007. In addition to this great academic achievement, Sebastian works hard to advance his local and international communities. Over the past 18 months, Sebastian has participated enthusiastically in Griffith University Uni-Reach, a high school-based equity program involving Year 11 and 12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. His passion for music also sees him perform regularly with the SurfCity Church and contribute to the promotion of local bands at the “Underground” at the Basement, Gold Coast Arts Centre. Sebastian is also using his talents to aid Cambodian orphans who have suffered loss of limbs by agreeing to write and record music for these children. These songs will be sent to Cambodia with Brisbane‑based organisation, the Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing Team.

Mr Greg Xu Singapore UQ Juris Doctor (2007) graduate Mr Greg Xu will complete his MBA in December in only two and a half years; half the time it normally takes to complete the JD/MBA double. Greg has achieved this great feat with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 6.14. During his time at UQ, Greg has sat on the UQ MBA Representative Committee, was elected to represent all coursework postgraduate students on the University’s Academic Board, and was admitted to the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law’s Dean’s Honour Roll. Greg also volunteers at the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House, a nonprofit organisation that coordinates the provision of pro bono legal services in public interest matters for individuals and community groups. Previously Greg graduated with First Class Honours in Business Administration from The University of Wales and has continued this distinction in his studies at UQ.

Sebastian earned a meritorious place in the 2008 Winter Pukyong Cultural Exchange Program, Korea.


International Alumnus of the Year Recognising the outstanding achievement of an international alumnus in their chosen profession and their contribution to the international education and training industry

Dr Ly Qui Trung

Mr Path Heang



Selected by the Saigon Times Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most compelling people in Vietnam, Dr Ly Qui Trung is the co-founder and Managing Director of Vietnam’s Nam An Group, a well established corporation which owns and manages the hugely successful Vietnamese noodle restaurant chain, PHO24.

As a child of the Khmer Rouge era, Mr Path Heang lived through decades of armed conflict, and at six was taken from his parents by the regime and forced into a labour camp. He taught himself English by reading the labels on food commodities sent by UNICEF when the Khmer Rouge was overthrown.

Dr Trung completed a Masters degree in Hospitality Management at Griffith University in 1995, then gained a PhD in Administration Management at Kennedy Western University in the United States. Dr Trung is an active member and advisor on approximately 20 industry boards and associations, internationally and locally. He is the Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Hospitality and Tourism Association and his contribution to this industry has seen him recognised with a number of awards including the Australian Government’s prestigious Asia Executive Award in 2004. His commitment to promoting Queensland is further exemplified by his appointment as Adjunct Professor for Griffith Business School in 2007, making Dr Trung the first Vietnamese national and youngest foreign national to receive the title. Dr Trung hopes his own success will encourage other business-minded Vietnamese to achieve their ambitions for Vietnam and believes education is an ideal means of achieving this.


From these modest beginnings, Mr Heang has triumphed over adversity to become one of UQ’s hardest-working and most dedicated peacebuilders. After graduating from The University of Queensland’s Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict, Mr Heang has worked with the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace and is currently program officer for The World Bank’s Justice for the Poor program. Mr Heang has shown outstanding commitment in promoting Queensland education, speaking at events in Australia and internationally about his experiences as a Rotary World Peace Fellow.

Queensland Student Ambassador of the Year Recognising the outstanding achievement of a Queensland student as an exceptional ambassador for the Queensland education industry during his/her time abroad

Ms Marlo Kaye Rankin

Mr Alex Nesevski

During 2003, Ms Marlo Kaye Rankin worked for a full year as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Vietnam with a University of Queensland-led team in association with the Southern Institute of Fruit Research. Marlo is now a PhD candidate in the School of Natural and Rural Systems Management.

Mr Alex Nesevski, a Bachelor of Jazz Studies student at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music at CQUniversity’s Mackay campus, was awarded a CQUniversity exchange scholarship to study at the University of Louisville (UL), Kentucky.

As part of her PhD, Marlo has continued to work for substantial periods in the field in Vietnam and was selected by a Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries project team to collaborate with their AusAID-funded project to capitalise on the relationships she had developed in-country. Her bridging role between Queensland institutions and Vietnam continues through her recent employment to assist the Government of Vietnam with the identification and prioritisation of research issues for agriculture and rural development.

According to his Professors at his host university, Alex’s love of music was apparent, as was his love for Queensland and Australia. Alex involved himself heavily in the Louisville community, and frequently volunteered for tasks within UL and in the broader community. He practiced tirelessly as a member of the UL Marching Band and performed at a number of community events, including the famous Kentucky Derby. As a result of his exchange, a number of students from UL have expressed an interest in visiting Australia – specifically Queensland – with Alex volunteering to be a mentor for inbound students.

As evidence of her commitment, Marlo has also learnt Vietnamese to increase her understanding and develop empathy with her co-workers. She also presented an English-language teaching program for Vietnamese researchers during her field work and made a concerted effort to participate in cultural activities. Ms Rankin has completed the examination requirements for her PhD at UQ and has been praised for the high standard of her work in terms of originality, the rigour in her research and the substance of her study.


Outstanding Professional Contribution Recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual professional to advancing international education and training in Queensland

Mr Thomas Toh Regional Director – China, Taiwan, Macau, Mongolia, Griffith University Mr Thomas Toh displays creativity, exceptional personal enterprise and great contributions to the field of research, service delivery and design through the partnerships he has developed between Griffith University and top overseas institutions.

Mr Toh has contributed greatly to capacity building in Griffith’s relations with Shanghai Municipal Government to help Shanghai become a “Healthy City” as part of a worldwide movement with over 10,000 cities and communities committed to the process.

As regional marketing director with Griffith International, Mr Toh has been instrumental in developing prestigious partnerships in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Mr Toh is highly regarded by Griffith University academic and marketing staff and overseas agents for his role and contribution in furthering the international education and training industry in Queensland.

These include establishing a joint academic learning and research centre between Griffith University and Peking University, as well as research collaborations on Environment and Population Health, Biosecurity and Applied Linguistics at Peking University. He has also developed a number of fruitful partnerships with Taiwanese higher education institutions . A recent IDP report on International Students in Australia (as at Semester 2, 2007) shows that Griffith University has the highest number of students from China of any Queensland institution.


Outstanding International Student Support

Outstanding Work Placement Program

Recognising the outstanding contribution of an institution by providing exemplary student services, support and pastoral care to international students, and providing services that enhance the student experience in Queensland and contributes to quality outcomes for students

Recognising exemplary practice within all sectors by institutions to develop industry experience, work placement programs and employment services for international students leading to excellent graduate outcomes

Brisbane North International School Alliance

Griffith Business School

The Brisbane North International School Alliance (BNISA) has welcomed more than 720 international students from all corners of the world since it formed in 2005. These students have participated in many of the schools’ cultural and educational programs, including high school preparation, international primary preparation, secondary middle phase and senior phase of learning. The Alliance has also hosted 62 study tours with many of the visiting schools developing strong relationships with their Queensland partners. International student coordinators and homestay officers support over 298 homestay families and are in frequent contact with each other to discuss the best placement for students. School staff often rely on other international student coordinators with different skills to ensure that every student in the Alliance receives the best possible experience. All schools offer well-respected and internationallyrecognised specialist programs in fields such as leadership, sport, dance and music, as well as cultural excursions and weekend/holiday trips.

The Griffith Business School (GBS) has a strong reputation for innovative teaching and developing industry-university partnerships and has been ranked in the top 10 business schools in Australia for the last six years. An outstanding example of GBS innovation has been its Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement as a final course in the International MBA program. The WIL course is believed to be the only MBA course in Australia which provides 11 weeks of unpaid internships (360 hours) in close cooperation with leading private sector firms and some government organisations. Over two semesters, 30 IMBA students have graduated with WIL experience. Through the WIL course students complete placements both domestically and abroad. In many cases these placements have led to paid employment, either within the placement organisation or in similar organisations in both the public and private sectors. The success of this initiative is attributable to strong partnerships between industry and Griffith University, and highly responsive international students.

Incorporating Aspley East Primary School, Burpengary Primary School, Craigslea State High School, Ferny Grove State High School, The Gap State High School, Kedron State High School, Kelvin Grove State College, Mitchelton State High School, Mitchelton State School and North Lakes SHS State College.


Best Practice in International Collaboration Recognising the outstanding achievement of an institution in developing positive collaborations with an overseas institution or industry group

Centre for Environment and Population Health Griffith University The Centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH) fosters research competence, strategic planning, leadership and relevant professional skills to assist developing communities in dealing with rapid economic growth and its associated negative impacts. CEPH has established and nurtured its international partnerships and as a result developed into a reputable international organisation with expertise in the areas of environmental health, health promotion and health planning, public health and environmental management capacity building, and gender and reproductive health. The success of CEPH and its partnerships is reflected in the number of international students (over 125) who have graduated from Masters and Doctoral degree programs. CEPH also has a strong reputation for delivering short term training courses to post-doctoral research fellows, decision makers, high ranking officials and public health practitioners. Several hundred international visitors have completed these courses from some of the world’s most influential organisations in the areas of environment and health organisations, including the World Health Organisation, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chinese Ministry of Health, the Vietnam Administration for Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, and the Indonesian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment.


Centre for Marine Studies The University of Queensland The Centre for Marine Studies (CMS) has developed highly productive and innovative international programs that have generated enormous student enthusiasm for learning about our great nation and State. Relationships with Stanford University, University of California, Hobart and William Smith and Union Colleges in the US, and the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand result in over 130 international students participating each year. Programs incorporate courses in marine and terrestrial biology as well as Australian cultural studies, including Australian history and Indigenous culture. Geographically, the program spans an area from the Daintree Rainforest in northern Queensland, through the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney and Canberra. Each year over 130 international students a year experience Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and other natural assets as part of the CMS study programs.

Outstanding Industry Support

Outstanding Pathway Program

Recognising the outstanding contribution of an affiliated industry organisation, who works closely with a Queensland institution to deliver quality services in international education and training

Recognising institutions for providing leadership and exemplary work in the area of pathway development and provision for international students

Indigo Technologies Ltd.

QUT International College

Indigo Technologies Ltd. and its allied organisation Vigil Systems Ltd. have provided Griffith University’s international students with significant work-integrated learning opportunities.

QUT International College’s (QUTIC) comprehensive range of high quality pathway and English language programs for international students is exemplary. Its range of innovative new services and programs is strengthening this mix.

Mr Bob Gibson, CEO of Indigo Technologies and co-founder of Vigil Systems, has taken on university student interns from a host of discipline areas, from engineering to international business, and has acted as a mentor in the truest sense of the word and recognised the individual strength that each student possesses. For many international students, not having internships or documented work experience activities as part of their Australian education may impact on their employment prospects upon return to their home country. Finding an organisation that not only welcomes international students but has a particular interest in assisting them is incredibly valuable and the commitment Indigo Technologies has made to providing practical work experiences to international students is pioneering.

QUTIC has launched a number of innovative projects which allow it to offer superior student support and tailored supportive classes. A collaborative team at QUT recently developed the “Cultural Bridge to the Classroom” project. This series of eight trigger videos is designed to act as a catalyst for tertiary educators and international students to discuss learning and teaching issues that may differ across cultures. The team has delivered presentations about the video resources nationally and internationally. In addition as a result of feedback from students, QUTIC staff have developed and has received accreditation for a new English for Academic Purposes (EAP-Plus) program. This provides students with the opportunity to transfer into an academic program at a lower proficiency level, allowing students to focus on academic contexts earlier in their study program. This year the foundation program – one of the first in Australia – celebrates its 20th anniversary. Through this program, thousands of students have successfully transferred from QUTIC programs to university.


Excellence in Education and Outward Mobility Training Award Recognising the outstanding contribution of an institution to the development or provision of innovative programs in outward mobility and student exchange

For outstanding innovation and export achievement in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum

The School of Medicine

Griffith University

The University of Queensland The School of Medicine has long been committed to providing global opportunities for all students in the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery program. Over the past three years, between 30 and 50 per cent of preclinical students in years one and two had an international experience in their elective periods and approximately 35 per cent of clinical students in years three and four ventured overseas for one or more clinical rotation. This is an astonishing rate for outward mobility for any institution. From 2006 to date, 705 UQ medical students (approximately 44 per cent of the total student body) visited overseas hospitals and universities, spending a minimum of four weeks. A number of international partnerships have been enshrined over the past few years throughout Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe.

Through innovative sustainable marketing and consistent product and delivery improvements, Griffith University has emerged in 2008 as the number one university in Queensland in terms of onshore enrolments (latest IDP Australia statistics). Griffith is also the leading university of choice in 56 significant international markets and a national leader in 20 significant overseas markets. Recording a 20 per cent annual increase in exports for 2008 (based on a comparison of the number of commencing international students from 2007 to 2008), Griffith has an aggregate of 7,784 international students, representing 117 countries of origin, with exports bringing in excess of $124 million in direct export income and an additional estimated $155 million in flow-on income to Queensland. These statistics are expected to further improve over the year as a 40 per cent increase in international student enrolments has been recorded for Semester 2, 2008 – compounded against an already impressive 20 per cent increase in Semester 1 figures. Emerging areas of strength and competitive difference for the University are in Work Integrated Learning (WIL), research-based teaching, blended learning and sustainable enterprise/development. Griffith University will progress as a finalist to the Australian Export Awards.


Queensland Education and Training International would like to thank the judges, nominees and everyone who participated in the 2008 Queensland Education and Training International Awards for Excellence.

Queensland Education and Training International Trade Queensland Phone: +61 7 3224 4134 Fax: +61 7 3227 8195 Email:


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