23 May 2011
RMIT honours future business leaders
More than 400 students, industry representatives and guests attended the annual RMIT University Business Prize Giving Ceremony last week.
Business Medal winner Dylan Turnbull with Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, Professor Ian Palmer.
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The ceremony recognises the achievements of more than 120 current students and recent graduates from vocational education and training, undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the College of Business.
Member for Caulfield, David Southwick, was the guest speaker at the event.
Mr Southwick has held various academic positions at RMIT and was appointed as the University's inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2003. As an entrepreneur he has established a number of businesses and is also heavily involved with a variety of community organisations.
Dylan Turnbull, who completed the Advanced Diploma in International Business in 2010, was awarded the Business Medal for his outstanding academic achievement and community leadership.
Mr Turnbull has maintained a balance between his studies, employment, community involvement and personal goals.
He achieved 21 high distinctions and four distinctions and also travelled on a student exchange to Kirkwood Community College, Iowa. His extensive community involvement includes volunteering with the CFA and assisting with the flood crisis in Beulah.
Weijun Ke and Gaurav Kawarwere were joint recipients of the RMIT Business Encouragement Award for their outstanding academic achievement in the first semester of the first year of study.
Mr Ke, a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) - Applied student, obtained four high distinctions in his first semester, achieving marks of 100 in Macroeconomics 1 and 92 in Business Computing 1.
Mr Kawar, a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) student, also obtained four high distinctions, achieving marks of 96 in Introductory Accounting and 94 in Business Computing 1.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, Professor Ian Palmer, said the ceremony highlighted the wealth of talented young people at the College of Business.
"Congratulations to Mr Turnbull, Mr Ke and Mr Kawar and all the students who received prizes in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements," Professor Palmer said.
"It is a result of the hard work, determination and commitment of the students and the guidance and dedication of their teachers and lecturers, which has seen them achieve so much in their time at RMIT."
More than 60 sponsors support the event, indicating the strength of the College of Business' connections with industry and the community.