PIEoneer Awards

PIEoneer Awards


The fifth edition of the PIEoneer Awards once again recognised the achievements of the most innovative leaders in global education.

The winners were announced at London’s Guildhall on September 3 in a hybrid format – alongside the 360 in-person guests, over 200 people watched the ceremony online and participated in speed networking sessions.

A panel of 43 international education experts judged more than 430 entries in 19 categories. 21 winners were selected, spanning seven countries and a variety of education services. 25 other finalists were recognised as highly commended in their respective categories.

The main sponsors included Immerse, a VR English language teaching platform, LSBU Global, London South Bank University’s transnational education centre, and IELTS, an English test provider with over 3 million customers a year.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award went to Vivienne Stern, the director of Universities UK International, for her impact on the outcome of key legislation for UK and international education, since her appointment in 2014. Her most notable achievements are the graduate visa route and the Turing Scheme.

The PIEoneer of the year was named TAFE Queensland, a training provider in Australia. The institution was chosen for its success in delivering vocational qualifications aligned to employment opportunities.

A surprise Lifetime Impact Award was also announced on the night, recognising the work of Arlene Griffiths. Griffiths had previously held leadership positions at IDP Education, the British Council and Cardiff University.

Amy Baker, the CEO and co-founder of education media company The PIE stated, “We had so many entries that demonstrated a quick pivot and forced innovation to support students – learning via VR, remote internships, the mobilisation of an app to check in daily with students while they quarantine, and ambassador communities springing up – these are just some of the examples of the amazing pioneering work we got to read about.”


The full list of winners and highly commended finalists:


Association of the year: English UK, UK

HC: The Skills Builder Partnership, UK

Championing Diversity Award: Deakin University, Australia, Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE)

HC: Otermans Institute, UK

Digital Innovation of the Year – Assessment and Credentials: NCUK – The University Consortium, UK – Digital Assessment Platform

HC: ETS, US – TOEFL® Special Home Edition and Riiid, Korea – AI-enabled education

Digital Innovation of the Year – Learning: EHL, Switzerland – Virtual Housekeeping Class and VictoryXR, US – VictoryXR Campus

HC: Navitas (UPA Division), Australia – Flexible Learning Project

Digital Innovation of the Year – Technology: QS, UK – Global AI Enrolment Solutions

HC: Adventus.io, Singapore

Employability International Impact Award: Student Circus, UK

HC: Franked.io and NSW partners, Australia

International Alumni of the Year: Dev Aditya, India – Brunel University, UK

HC: Arundhati Katju, India – International House, US

International Student Living Award: Nido Student, UK

HC: The Stay Club, UK

Language Educator of the Year: Australian Centre for Education (ACE), Cambodia

HC: English Unlimited, Australia and ILAC – International Language Academy of Canada

Marketing Campaign of the Year: Universities UK International, UK – The #WeAreTogether international recruitment campaign

HC: Nord Anglia Education, UK – ‘A Little Bit of Genius’ Podcast Campaign

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry: Vivienne Stern, UK

HC: Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, India

PIEoneer of the Year: TAFE Queensland, Australia – Australian Pacific Training Coalition (APTC)

HC: Green School Bali, Indonesia – A community of learners making our world sustainable

Progressive Education Delivery Award: Humber College, Canada – Beyond COVID-19: Global Systems Gap Challenge

HC: University of Miami, US – Hemispheric University Consortium

Public / Private Partnership of the Year: QA Higher Education and Northumbria University, UK – Northumbria University London Campus

HC: Kaplan Higher Education and The University of Adelaide, Australia – The University of Adelaide Melbourne Campus

Real Life Learning Award: Paragon One, US

HC: Texas International Education Consortium, US

Secondary Learning International Impact Award: Merrick Preparatory School, Canada

HC: Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland and Rosedale Academy, Canada

Student Counselling Organisation of the Year: Blue Ivy Coaching, Mexico

HC: IDP Education, Global and SI-UK, Global

Student Support Award: Study NSW, New South Wales (NSW) Government, Australia – International Student Temporary Crisis Accommodation Scheme and Kaplan Business School, Australia – COVID-19 Student Welfare Plan

HC: The Institute of International Education, US – The IIE Emergency Student Fund: COVID-19 Response and iCent, Canada – COVID Safe Canada Program – iCent App

Sustainability International Impact Award: Universitas 21 [U21], UK

HC: International House World Organisation, UK and Green School International, Indonesia – Green School Bali

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