19 May 2014
A globetrotting international graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast is making plans to return to the region after winning USC’s first International Alumni Competition.
Jessica Burke-Trebell, 26, of Canada, has won a return flight to the Sunshine Coast, plus transfers and six nights’ accommodation to the value of $3,000.
Her video entry was judged the best in the competition, which invited former USC students from overseas to share their experiences of life and study here.
The International Alumni Competition attracted more than 150 entries from 18 countries and involved entrants writing a short testimonial or recording a two-minute video.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality) Professor Robert Elliot said Jessica’s entry was a worthy winner among a strong field.
“Jessica’s video is testament to the talent of USC’s international alumni and the benefits of a quality education,” Professor Elliot said.
“USC has a proud record of achievement in learning and teaching and receives more than its share of national awards.
“International students account for more than 1,000 of USC’s almost 10,000 students in 2014 and this competition was an opportunity to reward one of our alumni for their endeavours.”
Since graduating from USC’s Graduate Diploma in Education in 2011, Jessica has explored a passion for education that has led her across the globe. She has visited 23 countries and taught in London and in the Ugandan city of Gulu.
In Uganda, Jessica used many of the skills she acquired at USC to present workshops and ideas to teachers, administrators and staff at an orphanage. She plans to raise funds to return to teach in Uganda later this year.
“I would not be where I am today, if not for my year at USC,” she said. “I became a certified teacher, made life-long friendships and most importantly set the foundation for my future.
“I learnt engaging learning and teaching strategies and fuelled my passion for education. I am fervent about global education and my journey is just beginning.”
Jessica is currently living in her native Canada where she is a candidate for a Master of Education. She plans to visit USC during Orientation Week in February 2015.