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Victoria University awarded for excellence in international education

Victoria University (VU) has been a winner at the inaugural Victorian International Education Awards announced this week at Government House.

VU won two of the 16 awards across two major categories – The Victoria International Education Provider category and the Victorian International Education Student category

VU’s International Student Mentoring Program won the Provider Award: Excellence in International Education - Student Employability and Careers 

The Student Mentoring Program was developed by VU’s Peter Folino, Careers Coordinator, and John Hopkins from the College of Business. The program matches international students with senior industry professionals for career/life coaching and gives them an opportunity to work closely with experienced industry mentors.

The University’s relationship with industry partners IBM Australia (92 mentors) and the National Australia Bank (78 mentors) ensures the sustainability of the Program The mentoring experience broadens students’ industry knowledge, raises awareness of real-world workplace issues and improves their confidence to make a successful transition from university to working life.

Peter Folino said, “This program has unlocked doors for our international students by giving them networks and opportunities they possibly would not have had access to otherwise. It's a great honour to receive such a prestigious accolade, and it reaffirms the value of this program and its ability to grow students’ skills and capabilities for the changing world of work." 


Research Scholar in the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Catherine Xiaocui Lou, won the Student Award: International Student of the Year – Postgraduate.

Catherine won the award as a post graduate international student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and contributed to the internationalisation of VU and the broader Victorian community.

Catherine said, “My PhD study is contributing to an area of global significance: the interface of supply chain management and corporate governance with a focus on risk management.

“It is about optimal decision making, not only for the supply chain and logistics industry, but also for the broader supply chain management of businesses (cross industries). My aim is to contribute to sustainable and stable long-term strategic planning as well as to enhance economic performance in these industries.”

Catherine has contributed to the international student experience as a leader and inspirational role model. She is committed to the welfare of international students.

The prestigious awards are a Victorian Government initiative designed to acknowledge both the best practice of Victorian providers and the exceptional accomplishments of individual international students,   

With around 150,000 international students at numerous education institutions in Victoria, competition for the awards was very strong. 

Media contact:

Christine White, General Manager, Public Affairs and Media

Public Affairs Department, Victoria University

03) 9919 4322; 0434 602 884; media@vu.edu.au

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