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ECU celebrates inaugural Alumni Award winners

A performing artist, a young entrepreneur, the founder of a teacher college in Ghana and the head of a Malawian university have all been recognised at ECU’s inaugural Alumni Awards.

The awards acknowledge the extraordinary ECU alumni making a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

The event took place at Crown Towers on Wednesday, 3 April and recognised the University’s four winners from the 2018 awards program.

ECU has a global community of 170,000 alumni, living and working all around the world.

The 2018 winners were decided upon by an internal panel, who made recommendations for the Vice-Chancellor’s final endorsement.

The winners

Distinguished Alumni Award winner Professor Address Malata.

Distinguished Alumni
Professor Address Malata

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognises the overall alumni achiever who has achieved extraordinary success in their industry, but also demonstrates global relevance and a commitment to equality/diversity.

As the first Vice-Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, Professor Address Malata is the first woman to hold such a position in her country.

A qualified nurse and midwife, Professor Malata says she is driven by her desire for “a world where no woman should die while giving life, and every girl child lives to fulfil her destiny”.

Her PhD research at ECU led to her developing an education framework for Malawi women on childbirth and HIV prevention, which was subsequently adopted by the Malawi Government.

Professor Malata was Vice-President of the International Confederation of Midwives from 2014 to 2017 and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice for two years to 2016.

Young Alumni Award winner Chloe Constantinides.

Young Alumni
Chloe Constantinides

The Young Alumni Award was created to underline ECU’s youth as a University, and the extraordinary achievements many of our new graduates go on to make due to being equipped as ‘world-ready’ by their time at ECU.

Chloe Constantinides is an award-winning young entrepreneur, business mentor and consultant to high-growth start-ups and established corporates across innovation, marketing and technology.

In 2018, Ms Constantinides won a 40under40 Award for her work as co-founder of digital agency Dapper Apps. Since 2015, Dapper Apps has developed over 70 mobile apps and won more than 20 awards for technical excellence and design.

In developing her own talent, she completed two degrees at ECU while working full-time and having little entrepreneurial jobs on the side.

Ms Constantinides stepped away from the day-to-day running of Dapper Apps in 2018 to consult to a number of companies in Australia and the US and is also organising a national summit for Indigenous entrepreneurs to be held in Sydney later this year.

Community Alumni Award winner Dr Rachael Maza.

Community Alumni
Dr Rachael Maza

The Community Award was created to recognise alumni who are achieving extraordinary impact in the field of equality, diversity and social responsibility, reflecting ECU’s commitment to widening participation, for example in fields related to low SES communities, those with disabilities, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, or gender equality.

Since graduating from ECU’s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Dr Rachael Maza has carved a distinguished career in Australian theatre, film and television.

Highlights of her many acting credits include her long association with Company B at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre, and her roles in The Sapphires for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Holy Day for the State Theatre Company South Australia, and the award-winning Australian film Radiance.

As Artistic Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Dr Maza has a key role in Australia’s leading and longest-running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company which creates, presents and tours theatre that is creatively controlled by Indigenous artists.

Her contributions to the arts were recognised by ECU in February this year with the awarding of an honorary doctorate.

International Alumni Award winner Dr Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty.

International Alumni Award
Dr Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty

The International Alumni Award aims to demonstrate that our graduates are truly global citizens and contributing to the culture, society and economy of the places in which they live using the skills acquired during their time at ECU. This award aims to demonstrate the reach of ECU internationally, building the reputation of our University outside Australia through the success of our alumni.

Awarded an ECU International Scholarship to undertake his PhD in Perth, Dr Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty used his studies to address the issues facing the inconsistent standards of education in his home country of Ghana.

His doctoral thesis revealed how the role of the school principal in rural schools in Ghana is pivotal to provide academic leadership, maintain school standards, and harness the support and resources of the local community.

On completion of his studies, Dr Norviewu-Mortty returned to his homeland and applied his expertise to setting up a teacher training school in the community of Yendi, in the northern region of Ghana.

The school is the first institution of its kind in the region which is wholly dedicated to training teachers who are willing and ready to live and teach in disadvantaged rural communities.


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