Former Victoria University (VU) business student Kashif Bouns has been recognised for his contributions to the state by being named International Alumnus of the Year at the 2016 Victorian International Education Awards.
Pakistani-born Kashif, who completed his Master of Business Administration early this year, received the prestigious accolade at a Government House ceremony on November 21, alongside a further 15 other winners in various categories from across Victoria’s largest service-based export.
Now in its fourth year, the Victorian International Education Awards aim to recognise the achievements of Victoria’s 175,000 international students and the leading education providers that support them.
As General Manager of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation – which initiates a diverse number of programs in the western suburbs including health and wellbeing, migrant support and leadership programs – Kashif credits his education from VU to his stellar career trajectory.
“I started my MBA four years ago in a part-time capacity and throughout that time I worked in roles at the AFL, AFL Victoria and now at the Western Bulldogs Football Club,” Kashif says.
“The benefit of having the MBA is that it has given me credibility when going for senior management roles,” he says.
“When you have postgraduate qualifications, your qualifications and experience always sets you up for success and gives you a competitive edge over other candidates.”
Kashif is the inaugural winner of the International Alumnus of the Year Award, which was introduced as a new category for the first time this year.
Two other VU students were also nominated in the awards; Jemma McLeod (Victorian Student of the Year – Internationalisation) and; Sahil Puri (International Student of the Year – Higher Education).
The spread of student winners for 2016 indicated the diversity of the sector, with seven different countries represented across the categories.
This year’s student winners receive up to $10,000 to go towards their studies at one of Victoria’s educational institutions.