Deakin Wins Top Education Export Award

06 October 2016

Deakin University has strengthened its reputation as an international education leader by taking out the Education and Training category at the prestigious 37th Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA).

The awards, held at Government House last night, celebrate Victoria’s best exporters, with Deakin taking home the award for outstanding innovation and international success in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum including vocational training.

Deakin began operations at its Waurn Ponds campus on the edge of Geelong in 1977 and has since opened campuses in the Geelong CBD, Warrnambool and Burwood.

Since opening its doors four decades ago, Deakin has produced more than 200,000 graduates and is ranked in the top 50 of Times Higher Education’s universities under 50 years old.

Deakin was one of the first Australian universities to open offices internationally and now has offices in four countries as well as staff in Asia, Europe and Africa.

International education is Victoria’s largest services export, generating $5.81 billion in export revenue, supporting over 30,000 jobs and attracting around 175,000 students to the state in 2015.

Melbourne is one of the world’s premier education destinations for international students, with QS Best Student Cities recently ranking us number two in the world only behind Paris – and ahead of Tokyo, London and Sydney.

More than 50 businesses entered this year’s awards, designed to recognise the hard-work and economic contributions exporters make to Victoria, boosting the state’s business profile locally and internationally.

Victorian exports make a crucial contribution to the economy with total exports of goods and services in 2014-15 rising 4.8 per cent to a record $39.4 billion.

The patron of the Governor of Victoria Export Awards is the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

“These awards are a great way to recognise the hard work of all our exporting businesses that are growing in key international markets.”

“Victoria is the education state so it is important we acknowledge the contributions of the students and education providers who are representing us on a global scale and contributing billions of dollars to our economy each year.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for International Education Steve Herbert

“It is fantastic to see Deakin being recognised as one of the state’s top exporters.”

“The institute has proven itself on the world stage having moved up the rankings in both the highly respected Shanghai Index and the Times Higher Education world rankings.”

Full list of 2016 Governor of Victoria Export Award Winners:

Regional Exporter Award
Australian Premier Dried Fruits – Merbein South

Creative Industries Award
League of Geeks – Southbank

Environmental Solutions Award
Geofabrics Australasia – Braeside

Small Business Award
Cornerstone Solutions – Watsonia

Agribusiness Award
Schreurs & Sons - Clyde

Manufacturing Award
A.W. Bell – Dandenong South

Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award
Gekko Systems – Ballarat

Business Services Award
Shopping Links – Kew East

E-Commerce Award
Swisse Wellness - Collingwood

Health & Biotechnology
Ego Pharmaceuticals – Braeside
IDT Australia (Commendation) – Boronia

Education and Training Award
Deakin University - Geelong

Digital Technology Award
Envato - Melbourne

Victorian Women in International Business Award
Cyan Ta’eed (Envato) – Melbourne

Victorian Exporter of the Year
Ego Pharmaceuticals – Braeside

Victorian Export Award for Innovation Excellence
Wordpoly – Lynbrook

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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