2023 WA Outstanding Individual Contribution to International Education Award

The CISWA WA Outstanding Individual Contribution to International Education Award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the enhancement of international education in the State. The achievements will have improved the experience of international students and/or the development of the sector in WA.

In choosing the recipient of the award regard is given not only to the nominee’s achievements in the year immediately prior to the award but also to their achievements and on-going contribution to the experience of international students in WA and/or to the success of the international education industry.

Unfortunately, we received no nominations for this award in 2023. We look forward to receiving some outstanding nominations for 2024.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Panel will consider some or all of the following in the context of Western Australia:

  • Contribution to the experience of international students through innovative practices and/or on-going support.
  • Contribution to the success of the international education industry through leadership and/or the introduction of innovative practices.
  • Contribution to international education in WA through training, development and leadership of others involved in supporting international students and/or in growing the industry.
  • The extent to which their example has inspired and been followed by others.

2023 Key Dates

  • 25 October – Applications Open
  • 20 November – Applications Close (5pm)
  • 25 November – Judging Completed
  • 8 December – All award winners announced at StudyPerth AGM and End of Year Event

This award is proudly sponsored by

2022 WINNER: Dr Kevin McKenna

Kevin has had a long and highly successful involvement with Western Australia’s international higher education activities. His contribution began in the 1990s, while working as an academic at Curtin Business School (CBS).

In the late 1990s, Kevin was responsible for the planning and direction of Curtin Business School including its numerous offshore operations. He worked to diversify CBS’s international activities, negotiating joint programs with partners in Singapore, Kuching (Malaysia) and Taiwan, managing market research for China and new initiatives in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Macau, Pakistan and Sarawak (Malaysia).

In August 1999 Kevin took the role of Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor for the development of Curtin’s new campus at Sarawak. After five years in Sarawak, Kevin returned to Perth and continued to develop CBS international programs.

In 2006, Professor McKenna became Pro Vice-Chancellor (and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor) International for Curtin University. In 2008, Kevin established the Curtin Singapore campus, which has been highly successful. Kevin retired from Curtin University in 2009.

In 2008 Kevin became President of the Council for International Students of Western Australia, a position he held – in a voluntary capacity – until early 2022. He has led CISWA through a period of transitioning away from providing “pastoral care” to students – this being a role now fully embraced by the students’ host institutions – to being focused on staff development for the benefit of international students in WA. Kevin remains an Executive Committee member, focusing not only on continuity for CISWA but also on devoting his energy to the continued education of staff who work with international students.