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2 March 2021

Canning College’s international operations team is led by a former teacher who has travelled to many of the countries that are home to students who choose Canning College on their pathway to university.

And even though a global pandemic has prevented students from travelling to Western Australia, Director of International Operations Lisa De’Ceglie is delighted with the success of Canning College’s online university pathway programs.

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Pictured above: Canning College's Director of International Operations Lisa De'Ceglie.

“Perth is a beautiful city and a great place to study, work and live,” she said. “Even though the past year has been challenging for everyone with border restrictions preventing students from joining us here in Western Australia, we have welcomed students from more than 15 countries through our online programs.

“We know that remote learning provides students with a different kind of challenge and our aim is to give them just as much support and assistance as we give to those who are on campus with us.

“We have had a great response from students, who feel connected to the College and have been able to remotely continue on their pathway to university despite the complications of COVID-19.

“We really do hope that we will see all students here in Perth at some point, whether that is to complete studies with us or when they are taking their first steps in Western Australia’s excellent universities.”

Mrs De’Ceglie, who was born in Western Australia, lived in Spain and England during her childhood and has travelled extensively in countries from which Canning College draws students.

“It’s important to understand the background of students, the lifestyles they are used to and their motivations so that we can make it as easy as possible for them to focus on their studies,” she said.

“Whether they are with us on campus or studying online, our aim is to help students achieve their academic goals by gaining entry into university.

“I’d like to think that all students who study with us leave here as global citizens rather than one nationality or another.”

During her time at Canning, Mrs De’Ceglie has taught English in China and has visited prospective students, parents and international education agents in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Zambia. This has given her deep insight into the challenges students and their parents face when considering study abroad.

“We know that some students will miss certain aspects of their lives at home and knowing how they feel allows us to better help them during their transition,” she said.

Mrs De’Ceglie studied Italian and French at the University of Western Australia and later changed academic approach. After completing a chemistry course at Canning College she was accepted into Curtin University to study Pharmacy.

Her connection to Canning College was renewed in 2001 when she was offered a teaching position in the English as a Second Language (ESL) department.

She became a student advisor in 2009 and assumed the Director of International Operations position on a permanent basis in June 2019.