“Why I like teaching? Learning does not only occur in the classroom but also in the hugs, smiles, conversations, tears, and joys that my students and I have shared.”

Teresita Dela Cruz — Faculty, Acsenda School of Management

For Teresita, teaching is more than a job. It is a passion and an opportunity to practice three key things—connect, learn and change. In every class, she connects with her students, letting them feel that she cares. She makes sure they learn from each other. She commits to impacting lives in a positive way. She nurtures this mindset outside the classroom by spending time with her granddaughters, writing poetry, enjoying nature and giving back to the community.

“This job allows me to help and motivate international students in achieving their dreams.”

Fanglong Luo — Student Engagement & Admin Support Officer, SCU Sydney

Fanglong studied a Master of Professional Accounting at Southern Cross University in Sydney and was offered an opportunity to work on the same campus in 2017. Fanglong says that student engagement is a challenging role with the cultural differences and language barriers that he needs to navigate through regularly but it’s all worth it when he sees the smile on student’s faces when you’ve helped them with their concerns. Fanglong loves hitting the gym after work and is proud to have lost 20 kg in eight months!

“I love how the staff look after each other - at EduCo, teamwork is amazing!”

Caner Okutan — Regional Recruitment Manager, Turkey

Caner started his international education journey as an exchange student in the United States for two years before he moved back to Turkey to work as a program specialist advising students who plan to study abroad of the best options for programs, universities and destinations depending on their needs. Caner joined EduCo in January 2020 and his work now involves helping agents place students in four key student destinations. When not at work, he loves travelling, learning a new language, watching soccer and spending time with family.

“It’s a job with lots of challenges and flexibility but resolving students’ issues is very fulfilling too!”

LASISI HEZEKAIH AYOOLA — Regional Recruitment Manager, Nigeria

Ayo enjoyed a successful career in the telecommunications and oil & gas industries before transitioning to international education five years ago. In international education, he worked in various positions in student recruitment, customer service and sales and marketing. He joined EduCo in 2017 and has enjoyed helping students with their dream to study abroad. When not at work, he loves spending time with friends and family.

“I get a great deal of job satisfaction from helping our students develop their academic skills and their sense of belonging to the campus community.”

Dia Rossides — Learning Advisor, SCU Perth

Dia moved to Australia with her family from Cyprus when she was 15. After she finished a degree in Economics at Curtin University she began her university teaching career. After four years, she took a sabbatical in Southeast Asia eager to pursue exciting goals and develop skills in cultural literacy. Later she returned to pursue a career in the international higher education sector, both at public and private organisations. In her spare time, Dia loves spending time with her family and friends, celebrating her daughter’s progression in her university studies, walking by the river foreshore and travelling, especially through Europe.