The Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Jay Weatherill MP, and the University of Adelaide have launched a new scholarship for an outstanding Indian teacher.

The Ashok Khurana scholarship was launched today at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi.

University of Adelaide Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) Professor Pascale Quester says the Ashok Khurana Scholarship will not only benefit the successful teachers, but enhance the already strong education ties between Australia and India.

The scholarship will support the postgraduate education of a practising and tertiary qualified school teacher working in the Indian education system.
One scholarship will be awarded to an Indian national undertaking a Master of Education at the University of Adelaide, valued at AUD$38,500 for one year.

The scholarship is named after Professor Ashok Khurana, a former University of Adelaide staff member. He generously established the scholarship so that he could give back to the Indian education system from which he benefitted.

“My life was changed by a scholarship. As a young man in India I received a scholarship to study overseas, which led to 39 years in Australia,” Professor Khurana says.

“After a successful career as an engineer in the petroleum industry, I reflected on the benefits that my family and I received.

“I felt a great debt to the Indian education system and to the Australian nation for welcoming me as an immigrant and giving me every opportunity in life.”

Professor Pascale Quester says: “This scholarship is a great example of Australia giving back to India, of the strength of the Indian community in Adelaide, and of the Indian diaspora retaining connections with the mother country.”


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The third annual School of Education Mentor Teachers Awards Evening was held on Tuesday 25th October 2012 at Rumours Cafe, University of Adelaide.

Mentor Teachers share their expertise and skills with our students to help them become the teachers of tomorrow. Their contribution is invaluable to the future of Education in this state. This event is a celebration of their efforts and recognition of their invaluable service to our students.

Four awards were presented in the following categories:

INSPIRATION the Mentor Teacher who fuelled the student teacher’s passion for the teaching profession Heather Quinn, Westminster School
KNOWLEDGE the Mentor Teacher who demonstrated a wealth of information on all aspects of teaching Lorraine Securo, Adelaide High School
SUPPORT the Mentor Teacher who showed support above and beyond what was expected of them Michelle Pudney, Burra Community School
ROLE MODEL the Mentor Teacher who modelled all the attributes, beliefs, and qualities desired in an education professional Reanne Cuthbert, Thebarton Senior School

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all of our mentor teachers who support our students each year.

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Two University of Adelaide staff have been recognised for their teaching expertise with prestigious $10,000 Citation Awards announced by the Federal Government.

Dr Westphalen, a lecturer in the School of Education, received a Citation for “vibrant and compassionate approaches to teaching and learning which inspire students’ enthusiasm and passion for the profession of teaching”.

Federal Minister for Tertiary Education Senator the Hon. Chris Evans said the awards reaffirmed the crucial role that teachers play in delivering quality education and improving the student learning experience.

Read more about the awards here

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Two Singapore secondary school teachers who won scholarships to study at the University of Adelaide have been awarded the top prize for outstanding academic achievement at the University’s recent Singapore graduation ceremony. Theresa Lai and Alvin Tan have both graduated with a Masters of Educational Studies from Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre, earning nine High Distinctions […]

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  Congratulations to Susan Shannon, Rick Atkinson, Natalya Boujenko, and Matthew Stubbs who were recently awarded the 2012 Executive Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching!

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“The bright colours of the school are unmistakeable from a distance, and are a cheerful welcome. As the front gate was opened to us, it was humbling and overwhelming to walk through a path the children had created for us, hearing the words ‘Bienvenutos, los amigos’.” University of Adelaide Education student Anna Henwood describes her […]

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Why is the mere mention of mathematics enough to terrify some people? What happened to (some of) us in our formative years to make us blacklist maths for life? Did your maths teacher wear a safari suit with knee length ribbed socks and brown sandals? In any event, many of us have a love/hate relationship […]

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The School of Education’s, Mentor Teacher Awards Night is our way of recognising and celebrating the professional knowledge, experience and the generous guidance and support Mentor Teachers give to our student teachers. These mentors give up a lot of their time to assist our students and we want them to know that their work is […]

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28th October – 4th November The University of Adelaide inaugural Research Week was held 28th October – 4th November 2011. The University opened its doors and invited the public to visit and learn about our inspiring research from our world-class researchers. Check out the Events, more information on Research Week School of Education Seminars held […]

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