Andrew Gordon’s industry contributions get recognised
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Student support award
Winner: Griffith University, Australia – Griffith
English Language Enhancement Strategy
Sponsor: Oxford International Education Group
Stemming from a 2018 study which found some Australian
universities were failing their international students through
selection, admissions and teaching practices, Griffith
University’s GELES’ primary goal is to ensure no student is
left behind, in terms of language fluency.
Emphasising integration with the wider university
community through six strands supporting the entire student
lifecycle, the results of the strategy speak for themselves.
Higher average GPAs for at-risk students, increased student
satisfaction, and improved understanding of academic
integrity are just some of its achievements.
Secondary learning international impact award
Winner: Summer Boarding Courses, UK
Sponsor: Amerigo Education
Summer Boarding Courses has created a deliberate
approach to education delivery by ensuring students
are central to everything the company does. Employing
dedicated Student Support Managers, this provider aims to
create a highly personalised experience from admissions
through to education delivery itself, while also receiving
ongoing feedback while studies are in session.
The strength of its programs saw it become the first and
so far only multi-centre summer school to receive a point
of strength across each category from the British Council
Language educator of the year
Winner: Bucksmore Education, UK
There is more to Bucksmore Education – which, over the
past 40 years, has created an ever-evolving, student-centric
suite of English language programs – than meets the eye.
Yearly refreshment of the syllabus, pre-booking screenings
of students, and content tailored to the specialisations of
the institution in which a Bucksmore centre is located are
just some of the ways they have stayed ahead of the curve.
Going beyond pure EFL, Bucksmore also provides
specialist tuition in coding, STEM and the performing arts,
while offering programs for young professionals and leaders.
PIEoneer of the year
Winner: SPARK, Turkey
Sponsor: Education New Zealand
Winning Turkey’s first ever PIEoneer Award, SPARK is a trail-blazer
in the field of education access and entrepreneurial
development support in fragile states. Holding the view that
it is through supporting ambitious youth that societies can be
led to stability and prosperity, the NGO has to date created
more than 12,000 jobs and trained over 27,000 people.
With over a quarter of a century of experience, SPARK is
active in post-conflict societies, including Liberia, Rwanda,
Burundi and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, offering
a range of scholarships and programs to help individuals
improve their lives and become a more productive member
of their society. Its core values of courage, transparency and
ambitious goals see it moving from strength to strength and
making a positive impact on a global scale.
UUKi receives the Association of the year award