Vancouver Campus staff member wins education award

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Vancouver Campus staffer Jobin Mojtabavi accepts the Rising Star in International Education award from the British Columbia Council for International Education. (Photo courtesy of BCCIE’s 6th Annual International Education Awards)

Jobin Mojtabavi, director of student services at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver Campus, recently received the 2015 British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) Award for Rising Star in International Education.

BCCIE presented him with the award at their Summer Seminar Awards Banquet, held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, on Tuesday, June 25.

The award recognizes tomorrow’s leaders and the next generation of practitioners in the field of international education in British Columbia, Canada.

Jobin award 7When the Vancouver Campus opened in 2007, Mojtabavi was hired as the assistant director of admissions. Since then, he has been promoted twice, and now oversees the campus’s student service department, including career and counseling services.

He has contributed to the growth of available student services, as the student body has grown from 18 students to a head count of over 900 students. More than 90% of students at the Vancouver Campus are international students.

As the director of student services, Mojtabavi is responsible for housing, medical insurance, sports and athletics, judiciary, cultural and social events. In 2014, Mojtabavi led a team of Vancouver students to the National Model United Nations competition in New York, where the team won the Distinguished Delegation award. This year, they traveled to South Korea to compete in World Model United Nations.

In his role as orientation director, Mojtabavi helps new students acclimate to living and studying in the city. He even created an online orientation program for international students, which he sends to them prior to their arrival in Vancouver.

His work in student services helped establish career services, counseling services and alumni relations, and he manages the campus’s social media efforts. He also serves on the graduation committee, student conduct committee and sustainability committee. Mojtabavi is currently developing an athletics league where private institutions can participate in intercollegiate sports against one another.

In 2013, he earned his master’s degree in administrative science from the University.

The BCCIE International Education Awards Program recognizes the commitment and efforts of an exemplary group of practitioners in the field of international education in British Columbia, Canada. The BCCIE Awards support the sector’s growth and development as well as show appreciation for outstanding achievement.