2020 BCCIE International Education Awards honours international education sector’s top talent

Vancouver, BC — Leaders in the international education sector were recognized this week by the BC Council for International Education for their outstanding achievement in the field of international education.

The winners represent a diverse cross-section of practitioners from across the province whose work has helped position BC as a leader in attracting and supporting international students and in delivering innovative global partnerships.

The recipients of the 2020 BCCIE International Education Awards are:

International Education Lifetime Achievement Award
Guangwei Ouyang, Vice President, International Education and Strategic Partnerships, Douglas College, for his contributions in establishing Douglas’s international program over the past 25 years, including negotiating the first dual degree business program involving post-secondary institutions in China and Canada.

International Education Distinguished Leadership Award
Sharon Curl, Managing Director, Oxford International, for her contributions in BC’s education language sector including leading the way in implementing quality assurance and student protection measures for international students.

Watch Sharon’s nominator’s video.

International Education Distinguished Leadership Award
Geoff Wilmshurst, Vice President, Partnerships, Camosun College, for his work in internationalization at Camosun, transforming both the college and the broader Victoria community including increasing annual international student numbers from 350 to 1900 students.

Rising Star in International Education Award
Sarah Munawar, Instructor, Columbia College, for taking on an instrumental role at Columbia College by voluntarily leading and supporting initiatives that provide international students new and unique opportunities.

Watch Sarah’s nominator’s video.

Outstanding Program in International Education Award
UBC Vantage College’s Vantage One Capstone Conference for its significant contributions to international student programming by engaging more than 1700 international students in an authentic research experience as apprentice scholars within their first year of study.

Watch Vantage’s acceptance video.


Randall Martin, Executive Director, BC Council for International Education
“As we celebrate our 11th annual BCCIE International Education Awards, albeit in a different format this year, we are honoured to highlight a group of international education professionals who are making a significant impact in the international education sector and in communities across BC.”