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USQ Vice-Chancellor takes out international award

09 July 2012
Professor Jan Thomas picked up a prestigious award in India.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas has topped off a whirlwind tour of the Subcontinent by picking up a prestigious award for her leadership in international higher education.

Professor Thomas was presented the ‘Women Super Achiever Award’ at a gala ‘Bollywood-style’ ceremony at the World Education Congress Global Awards in India on June 30, 2012.

The ceremony was attended by Education industry leaders and Government Education Ministers from all over the world, with some 4000 nominations flooding in for the awards presented on the night.

Professor Thomas, who was the only Australian to speak at the event and also to be awarded, said it was an honour and a privilege to be recognised in front of so many important education figures.

‘I suppose it validates the fact that I’ve had quite a broad experience in international education quality assurance over many years,’ Professor Thomas said.

The Vice-Chancellor said she worked extensively with Oman in 2009-10 to help the nation bring its higher education system up to international standards.

‘It was nice to be able to play a small part in that important development,’ she said.

‘I was very humbled to accept the award in such high quality company.’

‘I hope it helps to stand USQ in good stead as we strive to become a truly global University.’

During her speaking engagement, Professor Thomas spent time promoting the Open Education Resource University international joint venture where students can access content for free and only pay if they sit exams — an initiative in which USQ is playing a leading role.

Prior to her arrival in India, Professor Thomas visited several senior dignitaries during a trip to Sri Lanka.

She dined with a group of USQ Alumni, met with the Sri Lankan Minister for Higher Education and also the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ms Robyn Mudie.

It’s believed Professor Thomas was the first Vice-Chancellor from an Australian university to have visited the Australian High Commissioner’s office in Sri Lanka.



Media contact;

Jim Campbell, USQ Media, +617 4631 2977, jim.campbell@usq.edu.au
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