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PIEoneer of the year
Americans for Cultural Exchange, US
Launched in 2016 to combat perceived
threats to the US’s J-1 Exchange Visitor
Program visa, Americans for Cultural
Exchange brought together businesses,
chambers of commerce, business as-sociations
and community leaders in an
effort to defend the program.
Daughters For Life Foundation, Canada
The Daughters For Life Foundation was
founded by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish in
memory of his daughters and niece who
were killed in an Israeli tank strike. DLF
supports Middle Eastern woman to study
abroad, in the hopes of creating peace
ending the bloodshed in the region.
Education Malaysia Global Services,
Aiming to turn Malaysia into an educa-tion
hub, Education Malaysia Global
Services has spearheaded an overhaul of
the visa processing system, seeing it take
over all processing responsibilities.
Global Glimpse, US
Aimed at high schoolers from diverse
socio-economic backgrounds, Global
Glimpse is a program that combines after
school work, weekend summits and in-ternational
travel to create an immersion
experience in the developing world.
NOKUT (ENIC-NARIC), Norway
NOKUT’s Qualifications Passport for
Refugees provides displaced people with
a way to meaningfully translate their
prior education for employers and higher
education providers in Europe.
Monash University, Australia
– English Connect
The English connect program engages
international students in peer-to-peer
curricular English language programs. It
helps international students improve their
English, both for their studies and their
life outside the classroom, and build a
network within the university.
Study Adelaide, Australia – Creating
employment opportunities for
international students in South Australia
Study Adelaide engaged local businesses
and organisations, through presentations
and strategic partnerships, to ensure
international students can access employ-ment
opportunities. It not only helped
businesses understand how to sponsor
students, but it also advocated for interna-tional
students by showing they can make
a difference in the workplace.
Study Queensland, Australia –
Queensland Student Hubs Network
The Student Hubs provide a state-wide
strategy coordinating support efforts for
students in Queensland. The three hubs
aim to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ with
support and services for both domestic
and international students, and improve
connectedness with the local community
and businesses. They provide informa-tion,
referrals and workshops.
University of Bradford, UK
– Visa support team pre-arrival and
welcome journey support
A personalised practical support through
the visa application process, this program
also provides assistance with enrolment
and students getting settled in their new
city, guiding them through chores such as
health centre registration. The program
has seen a 75 per cent decrease in visa
refusal since its launch.
University of Maryland, Baltimore
County, US – Supporting International
Student Career Success
Developed to help students pursue their
career aspirations, this initiative ensures
students have access to resources they
need to be as competitive as possible on
the job market. It also evolved into an An-nual
International Career Conference.
Student support award
Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish founded Daughters for Life
to help empower women in the Middle East.
The student hub run by Study Gold Coast opened
in August 2017.
Focused on advocating on behalf of the
UK HE industry, BUILA is trying to help
navigate the best outcome post-Brexit.
Activities include lobbying MPs and local
communities on the benefits of internatio-nal
education and authoring white papers
to influence government policy.
Eaquals’ mission is to foster excellence
in language education around the world.
Covering Europe, Eaquals finds itself na-vigating
a diverse range of languages and
language providers, championing compa-rative
best practice via webinars and the
launch of the Eaquals CPD scheme.
Erasmus Student Network, Europe
For almost 30 years, the Erasmus Student
Network has looked after student mobility
between European countries. Overseeing
and facilitating a network of 530 local or-ganisations
throughout Europe, ESN has
most recently shifted its focus towards
social and disability inclusion in study
abroad and ran the #MobilityIsMyLifest-yle
contest, in which a winner travelled
across Europe documenting their journey.
SIEBA, New Zealand
The Schools International Education
Business Association was set up in New
Zealand in 2015 with a mission to lead,
connect and grow the school sector. The
development of resources to improve
admissions services, several global part-nerships,
and a high court challenge that
led to changes in the country’s legislation
are amongst its achievements.
Association of the year