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VCAA Bulletin
No. 64 – November 2020
Feature

Award for VCE contribution to international education

Successful delivery of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Offshore Program was celebrated at the 2020 International Education Association Australia (IEAA) Excellence Awards, when our International Unit received the IEAA Best Practice in International Education Award.

IEAA’s Excellence Awards recognise the outstanding contributions by individuals and teams to international education in Australia. They also provide a benchmark of excellence and good practice for the entire sector.

The Best Practice in International Education Award recognises the work of an individual or team that has contributed to international education through a ground-breaking development in international development, internationalisation of the curriculum, marketing or recruitment, international support programs, pathway, learning abroad or social inclusion initiatives.

We are extremely proud to receive this award, which is the result of 20 years of collaboration between the VCAA, Victorian schools and schools across the Asia-Pacific region. The VCE offshore program, established by the VCAA in 2000, comprises 26 programs in China and one each in Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste, Vanuatu and Vietnam. More than 5600 offshore students have graduated with 94 per cent choosing Australia for their tertiary pathway.

The success and strength of the VCE offshore program is in the partnership model that exists between the VCAA, Victorian partner schools and offshore schools. Across our Victorian partner schools (Haileybury, Firbank, Peninsula Grammar, Thomas Carr College, RMIT, Virtual Schools Victoria and Holmes Secondary College) there are hundreds of school leaders and educators who contribute to the delivery of VCE offshore through establishing offshore partnerships, mentoring teachers in the delivery of curriculum and assessment, facilitating study tours and supporting students in making decisions about their tertiary pathways.

Schools interested in learning more about VCE offshore should contact Lisa Hayman, International Manager, VCAA: lisa.hayman@education.vic.gov.au.