The chief executive of an online student recruitment platform has received an award for her work strengthening India-Australia relationships.
Elaine Starkey, CEO and co-founder of Global Study Partners, won the Businesswoman of the Year Award at the 2022 India Australia Business & Community Alliance awards in Sydney on April 29.
GSP, launched in 2014, connects students, agents and universities using cloud-based technology to help students secure international study opportunities.
Starkey told The PIE News that she was “surprised, thrilled and honoured” to win the award and that GSP – which currently runs seven offices in India –plans to “double in size” in the country by the end of this year.
Starkey said the timing “could not be better” given the free trade and economic deal agreed between Australia and India on April 2.
The agreement will facilitate the recognition of qualifications between the two countries and extend the length of post-study stay permitted for Indian STEM and ICT students in Australia.
“I am excited about what the future holds between our two great nations”
“The recognition of Australian qualifications and of blended, online and joint degrees will support sustainable growth of Australia’s higher education services in India,” Starkey said.
“One of the keys to success when accelerating a business is timing and I can’t see that there has ever been a better time or relationship to build our educational ties between our countries.
“I am excited about what the future holds between our two great nations.”
The award was presented by Peter Varghese, retired Australian diplomat and chancellor of the University of Queensland.
“Personally, I feel that a team leader is nothing without the strong team behind them,” Starkey said, “and this award goes to each and every one of the GSP team for their hard work, resilience, passion and genius.”
GSP was also nominated for two other IABCA awards – excellence in partnerships and excellence in trade and investment.