Victorian International Education Awards

Amazing news from LAB Melbourne

Our Student, Davor Nozinic from Croatia has been shortlisted as an official candidate to receive a Victorian International Education Award. This prestigious prize is awarded by the Victorian government to international students who show outstanding improvement and have contributed to internationalisation of their institution. The prize is a scholarship to continue their studies in Australia with an additional prize awarded to the recipient of the “Premier’s award”.

The assessment criteria are broken down into two parts: Community involvement (70%) and Academic Achievement (30%).

For his part, Davor has worked with Aussie kids at the Clifton Hill Community Tennis Club coaching under 18s. An avid tennis player, Davor has been a member of tennis clubs since he was a child in Croatia. His love for the game, coupled with his passion for helping young people develop leadership and teamwork skills naturally led to him to training young people in Melbourne.

As for his academics, since starting his journey with LAB Melbourne 11 months ago at the Intermediate level, Davor has progressed through all of the upper level courses at LAB Melbourne, and will graduate in October with an English for Academic Purposes, Advanced level certificate (the highest level offered at LAB Melbourne) with first-class outcomes.

After graduating from LAB, Davor will commence his studies in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Nozinic says his motivation to consider a career path in Education stemmed from his positive role models at LAB. Realising that his passion for helping young people could extend into future in teaching.

“Davor has been an exemplary student from day one” said his teacher Geoff Ashton. “He displays positive learning attitudes in class and is always first to help his classmates out.”

When asked what the VIE award nomination meant to him, Davor said “This represents a dream”.

“I always heard about scholarships on foreign TV shows, but I thought this kind of thing was unreachable for me… and now I’m a part of it. I couldn’t believe I was chosen to be nominated for such a celebrated award.”



  • 2019
  • Melbourne
  • Awards and recognitions
August 27, 2019
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