Jennie Lang wins international education award

For her "leading role in developing an industry that is now the envy of the world", UNSW Vice-President, Advancement, Jennie Lang, has won the Distinguished Contribution to International Education Excellence Award. OPINION

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The broader contribution made by the Australian international education industry does not receive the recognition or support it deserves - Jennie Lang (Photo: Tolmie MacRae)

UNSW congratulates its Vice-President, Advancement, Ms Jennie Lang, who has won the Distinguished Contribution to International Education Excellence Award.

Presented by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), the award recognises the outstanding contribution of a professional colleague in international education who has led ground-breaking initiatives to improve international education in Australia.

“Jennie Lang has been spearheading international education within Sydney and across Australia since 1987 and has played a leading role in developing an industry that is now the envy of the world,” the award citation said.

UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer said the award was “fitting recognition for Jennie’s significant contribution as an industry leader, policy maker and marketing innovator”.

Professor Hilmer said as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), Ms Lang successfully strengthened both Australia’s international education reputation and UNSW’s global standing. In October 2012, she was appointed to the new role of Vice-President, Advancement.

“I am honoured to receive this prestigious award as advancing international education has been a great passion of mine for more than two decades,” said Ms Lang, who received the award at the Australian International Education Conference in Canberra.

“The broader contribution made by the Australian international education industry does not receive the recognition or support it deserves,” she said.

“Its benefits are widespread and go way beyond the purely economic, helping to build deeper cultural, trade, scientific, education and diplomatic relationships.

“UNSW has been an outstanding champion of international education since the launch of the Colombo Plan more than 60 years ago and it is a privilege to be part of such a diverse and forward looking university.”

Ms Lang currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of International Education Administrators in North America, is a Foundation Member of the Export Council of Australia and a Board Member of the Asia Society Australia.

Media contact: Denise Knight, UNSW Media Office| 0405 207 685 | d.knight@unsw.edu.au

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