Our Staff

Trevor Goddard

Trevor Goddard

Associate Director, Global Programs

Trevor manages the Monash Abroad team driving student mobility across six Australian campuses, South African and Malaysian campuses and the Prato centre. He is currently deputy convener of the IEAA mobility interest group, sits on the International Standards Committee of the Forum on Education Abroad and a member of the NAFSA Leadership Development Committee.

A recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Program Award for innovative international student mobility curricula, Trevor’s interest is the interaction of educational policy across government, international jurisdictions and public policy; that makes international education a means to address intractable social issues.

He received a Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence (in corporate citizenship); delivering international education programs through creative community, academic and corporate partnerships and was appointed to the Australian Government Steering Committee developing the Outbound Mobility Best Practice Guide for Australian Universities.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow believes international education is the key building block for a new wave of cosmopolitan, internationally educated and enlightened global citizens.

Judi Cowie

Judi Cowie

Study Abroad Manager

Judi’s primary role is to lead the engagement of incoming Study Abroad students on behalf of the Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) and in collaboration with all Monash Faculties. Judi is responsible for increasing the number of study abroad students to Monash from all countries but with an emphasis on Latin America, the United States and Germany.

Prior to commencing at Monash Abroad in March 2012 Judi was employed by RMIT University as the Manager of the Education Abroad office and was engaged to establishing a new office. Prior to this Judi worked in the Monash Abroad Office as the Executive Officer, and Monash Residential Services for five years and was with Monash University for eight years.

Wendy Tran

Wendy Tran

Executive Officer

Wendy provides a range of executive level administrative and office management support to the Monash Abroad Office and supports the office on HR requirements. Wendy is involved in project work and assists Monash Abroad Manager in financial management for the office and some of the reporting functions.

Wendy is the Institution Liaison Officer (ILO) for the Australian Government International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and administers the awards for outgoing and incoming exchange students. Wendy received the first Monash Abroad Global Globe Award in 2010 and was recognised for Exceptional Performance within the ODVC GE in 2011.

Graduated in Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) at Monash, Wendy had worked in both administrative and IT roles in other Victorian Government organisations. She joined Monash in 2004 and had worked for the Faculty of Business and Economics in an administrative role and joined Monash Abroad in 2006.

Wendy speaks fluent Cantonese, some Mandarin and Vietnamese and also studied Japanese and French while undertaking her secondary education and participated in an international study tour to China and Hong Kong during that time. Wendy feels very fortunate working in the field of international education and is very passionate about her work providing opportunities and preparing students for an international experience and to be global citizens.

Sarah Argles

Sarah Argles

Promotions and outreach coordinator

Sarah Argles is the Promotions and Outreach Coordinator at Monash Abroad. She develops the promotional resources for mobility programs including print items, the website, and the social media strategy. She coordinates promotional and educational events such as a four-day incoming student orientation, the Exchange and Experience Expo attracting over 1700 students, and pre-departure activities. She enjoys enhancing the student mobility experience by developing information session videos and returned student programming.

Sarah is the chair of the Victorian Universities Exchange Group and the annual Homecoming Forum Melbourne, a returned student event for students from eight universities in Victoria. After studying abroad in London she taught English in Japan on the JET Programme for 2 years. She has a BS in Marketing from the Ohio State University and a MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Gina Friedman

Gina Friedman

International education coordinator: USA, Canada, UK and Japan

Gina's primary role focuses on coordinating incoming and outgoing mobility between Monash University and exchange partners in the USA, Canada, UK and Japan including all queries, applications and balances. Gina is the lead coordinator for mobility and programs at Monash Abroad for the Monash University-University of Warwick Alliance. Gina enjoys her role as an advisor to students and aspires to send and receive as many students as possible to partake in a life-altering international experience.

Gina completed a Bachelor of Arts (History, Sociology) at Monash University during which time she undertook her own exchange program for one semester to The Pennsylvania State University, USA. She completed a Certificate III in Children’s Studies and after a short time working at Monash University she moved to the UK for 4 years, working in various roles at City University London. She then worked for over 1 year at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, before returning to Melbourne and commencing at Monash Abroad in January 2012.

Tracy de Silva

Tracy de Silva

International education coordinator: Faculty overseas programs, incoming study abroad, Chile, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and India

Tracy’s primary role is to coordinate applications for all short term International Study Programs except for applications to Monash University Prato Centre. She also coordinates applications for incoming and outgoing students between Monash University and exchange partners in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand as well as managing the exchange balances within her portfolio. Tracy also assists the Study Abroad Manager on the administrative processes for admitting incoming fees paying study abroad students.

Tracy joined Monash Abroad since June 2012. Before joining this office she worked in a private intuition in VET sector, focusing on marketing and student recruitment.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce at Monash University and recently completed her Master of Business Administration at RMIT University. Tracy has lived in Qingdao, China, and speaks fluent Mandarin.

Rachna Chandra

Rachna Chandra

Senior Administrative Officer

Rachna's primary role focuses on the processing of Monash Abroad travel scholarships payment to students participating on exchange, study abroad and short term international study programs and she also manages the processing and payment of OS-HELP loans for outgoing students. Besides her primary responsibilities Rachna is also involved in the day to day financial and general administration of the office, Monash Abroad website updates and the initial processing of all incoming exchange and study abroad applications.

Rachna is passionate about the mobility programs and advises potential outgoing Monash students regarding various study abroad opportunities provided by the Monash Abroad Office.

Rachna joined Monash Abroad in June 2007 and had earlier worked at the School of Geography & Environmental Science at Monash University. Rachna holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Diploma in Electronics Engineering. She can speak fluent Hindi.

Deborah Lam

Deborah Lam

Administrative officer

Deborah provides a range of administrative support to the Monash Abroad office and she plays a critical role in the efficient running of the office, supporting staff and students. Deborah is the face of Monash Abroad and she greets and meets students at the reception desk, help them with their many queries for Monash Abroad opportunities, application process and support services.

Deborah joined Monash Abroad in 2011 as a casual supporting the office during busy periods and she moved into a permanent contract position since March 2012. Deborah speaks fluent Chinese (Cantonese) and enjoys travelling overseas to meet with people from different cultures and backgrounds and she values people’s cultural differences.

Student Experience Coordinator

The Student Experience Coordinator (SEC) is a role for a current Monash student who has demonstrated leadership through their work as a Global Officer at Monash Abroad.  The SEC will have studied overseas on a Monash Abroad program and works closely wiht Monash Abroad coordinators on coordinating the Global Officer Program and key Monash Abroad Initiatives.

The Student Experience Coordinator for Semester 2, 2014 through Semester 1, 2015 is Sarah Strugnell.  Sarah is a Arts/Science student who studied abroad at Monash Malaysia and in Japan.