Deakin University’s strong commitment to global innovation through international partnerships has been recognised with the Education and Training prize at the 55th Australian Export Awards ceremony last night.
The national-level win follows the University’s earlier victory this year at the Governor of Victoria Export Awards, where Deakin has taken home the Education and Training Award for four consecutive years.
Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO welcomed the national Education and Training win, which comes during a year when the University has shown strong growth in international student enrolments and the forging of numerous key partnerships around the world.
‘We are extremely delighted to have received this recognition for our commitment to our global community, both through education and industry partnerships,’ Professor den Hollander said.
‘In just over 40 years Deakin has grown from the first regional Victorian university to one of Australia’s most dynamic international educators, ranked among the top 50 universities under 50 years of age, and a strong international business partner and innovator.
‘Today, Deakin welcomes 11,000 international students from more than 120 countries, with partnerships in 52 countries supporting academic and research collaboration all backed by our offices in Europe, India, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia and Latin America.’
Professor den Hollander said last night’s award win represents an acknowledgement of Deakin’s commitment to innovative teaching, learning, research and community engagement – all essential ingredients to generate the knowledge and solutions needed in a globally connected world.
‘The global diversity across all our campuses enriches all aspects of academic and social life and helps all our students – international or Australian, and studying on-campus or in the Cloud – to learn from each other,’ Professor den Hollander said.
‘We support this through providing our students with opportunities to study aboard and apply their learning in international internships.
‘Just last week we learned that nine of our outstanding students will be supported to study, work and live in the Indo-Pacific region next year thanks to the Australian Government’s 2018 New Colombo Plan Scholarships.
‘This important overseas study program encourages international cooperation with Australia’s regional neighbours, giving the next generation of Australians a hands-on experience living and working within other cultures as part of the global community.’
Over the first five years of the New Colombo plan, Deakin has received support for 1,115 students to study in countries across our region, undertaking every discipline offered by the University – the highest number for any university in Victoria.
‘Deakin looks forward to expanding our international reach in the coming months and years, so that we can continue to develop solutions to real world problems and expand Australia’s participation in the global community,’ Professor den Hollander said.