Raising the bar


  • Education
  • Sunday, 29 Dec 2019

Prof Beena (right) receiving her Curtin Academy Fellowship award from Curtin Malay­sia pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive prof Jim Mienczakowski (left).

CURTIN University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) inducted its deputy pro vice-chancellor as a Curtin Academy Fellow.

The honour recognises exceptional leaders committed to the collaboration and dissemination of teaching excellence at Curtin.

Prof Beena Giridharan was one of two leaders in learning and teaching who were selected as 2019 Curtin Fellows.

Curtin University vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated the newly-inducted Curtin Fellows.

“Their honours showcased the innovative learning and teaching work Curtin staff at its campuses in Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and Mauritius are doing to enhance their students’ experience, ” said Prof Terry at the 2019 Curtin Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony held in conjunction with the university’s annual Festival of Learning in Perth last month.

Prof Beena has also been a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) since 2006, and serves as a mentor to aspiring HERDSA Fellows.

In 2006, she won the Carrick National Australian Award for University Teaching and the Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award.

As a member of Australia’s Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded ‘Learning without Borders’ project, she investigated leadership roles in Trans-National Education and internationalisation of curriculum.

Her research and academic interests cover educational administration and leadership, higher education practices, work-integrated learning and ethno-linguistic studies in indigenous communities.

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