LSBU’s Stuart Bannerman and Linsey Cole present the
Digital innovation of the year – technology award
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Digital innovation of the year – technology
Winner: Fintiba, Germany
Sponsor: London South Bank University
Inspired to improve Germany’s position from last in its peer
group in the International Student Barometer for student
visa processing, Fintiba simplifies and speeds up the process
by automating the setting up of a blocked account as
evidence of finances.
To date, the app has attracted 40,000 paid users, helping
students avoid delays in their arrival and missing their first
few weeks of study, while also overcoming country-specific
security requirements and barriers in access to technology.
International alumni of the year
Winner: Azzen Abidi, Tunisia – National
Democratic Institute for International Affairs
(The Stevens Initiative), USA
Azzen Abidi’s story inspired our judges. An advocate and
entrepreneur for people with disabilities within his home
country, Tunisia, his achievements include the establishment
of HopeR, an online platform for finding essential services,
and local social enterprise, Handy Media United.
His focus, inspired by his experiences in virtual and in-person
exchange as a person with a disability, has seen his
profile grow as he works to give back to his community. In his
own words, Abidi says: “Breaking stereotypes surrounding
people with disabilities is definitely my biggest success”.
Association of the year
Winner: Universities UK International, UK
Universities UK International is no stranger to readers of
The PIE News. UUKi’s tireless advocacy, particularly against
the 2012 decision to remove post-study work rights and
preparing for a post-Brexit future, has seen it make headlines
both in the UK and around the world. Its other work includes
lobbying for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.
Seven years of hard work paid off in 2019, with the
announcement that post-study work would come back,
impressing our judges who said UUKi “has had amazing year
of significant results”.
The PIEoneer Awards will return again
on 11 September 2020.
Accommodation provider of the year
Winner: Monash University, Australia
Sponsor: Griffith University, Australia
It’s the little things that impressed our judges about Monash
Residential Services at Monash University. In addition to
providing accommodation, the university’s focus on health
and wellbeing has seen substantial results for both its
domestic and international students.
Providing additional orientation programs around areas
including studies, alcohol, and sexual health, Monash’s
internal surveys show 88 per cent of residents feel their
mental health has improved. From an academic standpoint,
international residents are achieving higher pass rates.