From the Executive Director, Linda Vaughan
Last month, the department celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual Victorian Global Learning Awards. A hybrid awards ceremony was held to recognise international student excellence and acknowledge the contribution of our homestay families and school staff. A total of 17 awards were handed out to 16 winners, with Tien Hieu (Harry) Bui from Doncaster Secondary College taking out both Year 12 Global Citizenship and International Student of the Year – Ambassador Awards.
In other good news, I am delighted to share that we delivered our first virtual Victorian Young Leaders (VYL) to China language-immersion program in June. The program was a great success with highly positive feedback from the participants. At the opening ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to hear from our guest speaker, Stuart McKenzie, who works as senior analyst in Global Trade Advisory at Deloitte Australia, and has a strong passion for international affairs, trade, and languages. Stuart's talk reinforced the importance of seizing opportunities and forging meaningful relationships in today's globalised world.
We have also successfully wrapped up the May - June session of the Global Youth Forum that involved hundreds of Victorian and international student participants. It was great to see that majority of schools that participated in this round were new to the program.
Stay tuned for further updates on our global learning and engagement programs and initiatives, and I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter.