In February, we said farewell to 1,500+ pathway students and celebrated the end of their CET course with the bi-annual CET Awards Ceremony and Farewell Celebration. Over 500 students gathered in the Abercrombie Business School Auditorium for the occasion. The CET Awards Ceremony is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on the many achievements the students have made throughout their courses. The ceremony was followed by a Farewell Celebration which took place at the University of Sydney Union’s International Student Lounge and offered students and staff the opportunity to kick back, relax and celebrate around a catered lunch.
View the photo album here: CET Awards Ceremony February 2019
CET staff members gathered on Tuesday 12th February to celebrate 30 years of CET, with the presence of Professor Pip Pattison, DVC Education and Professor Wai-Fong Chua, PVC Student Life. This event was the perfect occasion to thank CET staff members for their hard work and support throughout the years. It also permitted to staff to reflect on CET’s journey and the many initiatives and achievements that were made over the last 30 years.
CET took part in the University of Sydney Union Welcome Festival, bringing the fun to Eastern Avenue with the CET-wheel, promoting the importance of engaging with the University of Sydney community via engagement opportunities such as the Speak and Connect program. Despite the rain, the CET stall was buzzing with smiley students and staff throughout the day!
On Friday 22nd March, CET officially opened the new home of the Global English program at the newly-built Regiment building with an interactive and exciting opening party. The new CET premises welcomed 80+ students and their teachers to the space, with a global food fair, speeches and fun activities related to the five pillars of Global English.
View the photo album here: Regiment Building Opening
CET’s Speak and Connect program is a series of free conversational English language workshops aimed at facilitating the integration of international students to the university. After a successful pilot program run last semester with a cohort of 300 students, the program has returned bigger and better! Speak and Connect is now providing 600 international students with the opportunity to attend a series of weekly peer-facilitated English workshops designed to help students to connect with others and develop their confidence communicating at university. To celebrate the launch of the program, a Welcome Afternoon Tea was organised to provide students with the opportunity to meet the Speak and Connect team, their peer-facilitators and fellow international students.
CET is extremely lucky to count some star alumni in its ranks. One of them, Matt Ma was a CET student enrolled in the DEC10 course in 2017. Matt is passionate about helping other international students to make the most out of their time in Sydney. Matt was profiled by the team at StudyNSW as part of their revamped Student Stories project.
Read the full interview here: Matt's Story
The new group of CET Leaders has been selected. This group of 10 highly-engaged CET students have now the duty to support CET’s student engagement activities by helping new students settle at CET as well as providing activities for all to engage, practice their English and meet new friends. The first Leaders event was a Walking Tour of the bright and funky neighbourhood of Newtown.
David George, Senior Adviser Education at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) delivered a professional development session to CET professional staff, focusing on data from the ELICOS sector and the wider International Education industry as well as insights on current recruitment and student experience opportunities and challenges.
Robert Chasse, CET’s Education Manager Services, said farewell to CET at the end of February. After 5 years at the Centre, Robert has now taken on a new challenge at Sonder Austalia in the position of National Partnership Manager, Education. Robert played a pivotal role in establishing and developing the capacity of the Education Services team as well as being the driving force behind CET Connect, CET’s student engagement program and app. Josh Aarts has been appointed to the position and will be acting in the role for the next 3 months.
Lydia Dutcher, CET’s Education Manager Graduate Programs and Marcella Robertson, CET Teacher, presented an English Australia webinar on 'Embedding critical thinking & problem solving in EAP courses'. They will both be doing pre-conference workshop at the NEAS Conference in May on Listening & Speaking in EAP.
Katherine Olston, has accepted the role of Acting Head of Academic Enrichment, in addition of her current role as CET Director. Katherine has played a key role in establishing CET as a leader in educational innovation in the digital space. This provides further opportunities for collaboration and strengthening connections within the wider university. Watch this space!
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