Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2021


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The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Education is a significant moment in the academic calendar at The Australian National University (ANU).

The recent 2021 ceremony recognised members of the University who have led by example to deliver learning and teaching excellence in another challenging year for the sector. 

“After an exceptionally difficult two years, our educators have continued to demonstrate extraordinary creativity and dedication to our students to keep teaching engaging – even remotely. They are at the frontier of new educational practises and provide their expertise, time and exceptional support to students. This is what contributes to an ANU experience that sets the standard for the University and the nation,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said at the event.

Among those celebrated were ten educators from the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE), including Dr David Cheng and Zhi Yang Tho.

David is a proud recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

“It is a great privilege to be able to share knowledge with some of the best students in the country at ANU and I am deeply honoured to be recognised in this year’s Awards,” he says.

Zhi Yang is enthusiastic about teaching in a field he is passionate about and was a Highly Commended Candidate for the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating.

“This commendation means a lot to me as it recognises my effort in supporting students in their studies. I will give it my best to continue delivering high-quality education and I hope to inspire more students to learn the beauty of statistics,” shares Zhi Yang. 

At the event, CBE academics Dr Stephen Dann, Dr Dana Hanna, Dr Dean Katselas, Dr Bronwyn Loong, Dr Gen Nowak and Associate Professor Dale Roberts were also acknowledged as Candidates in the Teaching Excellence Award category. Dr Xuan Liang was a Candidate for the Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and Dixin Wu was a Candidate for Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating.

“During the past few semesters, our normal teaching has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing academics to use new and different tools and technologies, and to change the ways they connect with students. What has remained consistent is the passion of our academics for their disciplines, and for sharing these disciplines with students in engaging and exciting ways. I am thrilled that so many CBE academics have been acknowledged for the quality of their teaching and support of students, and know that many CBE students join me in congratulating these teachers,” shares Dr Bronwen Whiting, the College’s Associate Dean (Education). 

You can read more about the awards and each of the 2021 candidates here, and watch their videos here.