Excellence in international education

​‘The program is a life-changing opportunity for the many participating students, who go away as kids and come back young adults — the future global leaders and global citizens that our world so dearly needs.’

Students who take part in the Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) Program receive the best international education Australia — the program winning a prestigious international education award.

The VYLC provides the opportunity to Year 9 students to travel to China to complete a six-week cultural and language immersion program.

The program offers the students the chance to improve their Chinese language, develop their leadership skills, and gain global knowledge and intercultural understanding – key components of the Victorian Curriculum.

The program was announced winner of the prestigious 2017 International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence Award for Best Practice in International Education.
IEAA award winners are recognised by the industry as leaders in international education in Australia, setting the benchmark for quality and best practice.

Life changing

Joel Backwell, Executive Director, International Education Division, says the national-level award recognises the Department’s contribution to global learning in Victoria, and Australia.
‘The VYLC is a unique program that provides students with the core intercultural skills needed to live and work in a globalised world and workplace,’ he says.

‘Of the many students I've met who have participated in the program, they are now more resilient, more independent, have pride in their school and themselves, and have a greater understanding of the world and their place in it.

‘The program is a life-changing opportunity for the many participating students, who go away as kids and come back young adults — the future global leaders and global citizens that our world so dearly needs.’

Breaking the link of disadvantage

About 940 students and 115 teachers from some 70 Victorian schools have taken part in the VYLC initiative so far. A group of 88 students and 12 teachers, the second VYLC cohort for 2017, departed for China early October, and will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing for six weeks.

The program contributes to the Education State target to reduce the impact of disadvantage on student achievement, with more than half the participating students being from regional and rural areas, and 25 per cent from low-income families. The VYLC program is a cornerstone of the Victoria China education relationship and contributes to the Victorian Government China Strategy – Partnerships for Prosperity and International Education Sector Strategy.


For more information on the VYLC, see: Victorian Young Leaders to China Program