Former Box Hill Institute student, Kashif Bouns has won the inaugural Alumnus of the Year at the Victorian International Education Awards presented at Government House on 21 November. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Victoria’s 175,000 international students and the education providers that support them.
Kashif arrived from Pakistan to study a Diploma of Accounting at Box Hill Institute in 2006. He has worked for Cricket Victoria, the AFL and is currently working as the General Manager of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation. In addition to his paid employment, Kashif co-founded the Pakistani Student Association of Australia and the Shaheens Sporting and Social Club, which aims to provide meaningful engagement for multicultural youth using sport and social activities as vehicles for social inclusion.
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis opened the awards ceremony and reiterated the importance of the sector to Victoria’s overall trade revenues. He said, “A thriving international education sector changes people’s lives for the better, while also generating jobs and economic growth for Victoria.
“Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners. I look forward to seeing you continue to go from strength to strength as ambassadors for Victoria – the country’s Education State.”
Also shortlisted for the alumni category was another former Box Hill Institute student, Huong Dang, who won the Victorian International Student of the Year Award at these awards in 2013.
Image (from left to right): Kashif Bouns, Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau, AM, Chairman of Box Hill Institute Board, Jack Diamond