Who’s Who Delegate Profile – Melinda Rippe

Melinda Rippe, Quality and Risk Manager at Think: Education Group, has been with Think for three and a half years. She coordinates ESOS and non-academic compliance and continuous improvement activities across the Group’s CRICOS provider codes in NSW, QLD, and VIC.  Melinda has over 10 years experience in international education through roles in Australia and the USA.

Previous to her role at Think, Melinda developed and managed counselling services and helped re-design the online student application management system at StudyLink. She assisted students in the USA and Canada with their Australian study plans while working at IDP Washington, assisted with the AIEC conference at IDP Sydney, and coordinated short-term study abroad programs for American university students going to eleven international destinations while at BCA.

 Melinda earned a Masters of Education as an international student at the University of Sydney. She split her focus between international education and education management.  During her studies she participated in the canoe club and was elected to SUPRA (Sydney Uni Postgraduate Representative Association).  Outside of Uni, she regularly attended the Warratahs rugby home games and learned how to sail.

 Melinda grew up in the USA where her interest in international education started when she attended a language immersion camp in northern Minnesota.  She later worked at the camp as a camp counsellor.

 Melinda draws on her wide range of professional experience in international education, her personal experiences abroad, and her commitment to quality to continually assist colleagues and to improve experiences for students.

(What Melinda failed to mention in her story above, is that when she was studying her Masters at Sydney Uni, she worked with me on the AIEC 2002 in Hobart! Davina)

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