Deakin is proud to announce our recent success at the 2019 Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Awards. Deakin won awards in three categories, an incredible recognition of Deakin’s industry-leading efforts and the quality of the University’s staff.

Among the shortlist of 36 entries across nine categories, Deakin once again received the most nominations overall. Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said Deakin’s wins and shortlisting across four award categories was wonderful recognition of the depth of talent and innovation in its researchers and education programs.

“I warmly congratulate all of Deakin’s award winners and nominees. Their work is truly world and industry-leading and shows great promise for addressing current and future challenges,” said Martin.

The Deakin Indian Research Initiative (DIRI), won the International Education award. DIRI is an innovative transnational partnership, enabling students to pursue PhD study in India and connect industries with Australian academic expertise. Launched in 2009, DIRI aimed to rethink the way Deakin engaged with Indian institutions and move beyond the traditional university-to-university partnerships model. It has proven to be extremely influential, as other Australian institutions have followed to implement DIRI-style initiatives.

Alfred Deakin Institute Professor Emma Kowal, a medical and cultural anthropologist, was named a joint winner in the Emerging Leader category alongside Dr Christian Moro from Bond University. Dr Kowal’s is a leader in the field of genomics research. She is working towards providing earlier diagnoses of genetic conditions or illnesses.

Deakin’s HSBC Blue Carbon Citizen Science Program shared the Industry Engagement award. Led by Dr Maria Palacios, this initiative is empowering Australian industries to understand how they can invest in a sustainable future, while advancing Deakin University’s research on coastal wetlands and climate change.

Deakin’s RIOT Lab Enabling Effective Cloud and Located Learning was also a finalist in the Education Technology award category.

The annual AFR Higher Education Awards aim to highlight the contribution that the higher education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life. The judging panel includes the editor of the AFR, current and former vice-chancellors and chancellors and other experts in higher education. Deakin has previously won two AFR awards – in 2018, Deakin Genie won the Information Technology category and in 2015, DeakinSync for Students won the Employability award.

These incredible initiatives, driving positive change in health, sustainability and global partnerships, are just a few examples of how Deakin is pursuing innovation and research that has a real impact in the world. The University is proud and grateful to be recognised by our industry peers through such prestigious awards.

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