Dr Kate Tran
BSc (Hons) (RMIT), GradDipEd (VU), PhD (RMIT)
Kate has been a lecturer and educator in higher education since 2005. With her background in Applied Science, she taught Science subjects to undergraduate students until discovering her interest and passion in working with international students, especially those from countries where English is learnt as a foreign language (EFL) or second language (ESL). As a former international student in Melbourne herself, she shares a sincere sympathy and deep understanding with international students, who are away from their homes and beloved, and working hard every day to overcome challenges on their own. Since then, Kate has been teaching and coaching international students to become job-ready through developing their academic and professional skills.
Kate joined APIC in February 2016 and since then has taken various roles within the academic enhancement capacities. Her main focus at APIC has been facilitating student development of language, academic, research and professional skills. This involves creating academic enhancement resources, delivering academic and research skill workshops and webinars, and providing one-on-one and group consultations to students. She also focuses on facilitating students’ academic integrity in their study and research. She also works closely with teaching staff to embed academic and professional skills in course delivery and facilitates staff professional development.
Kate enjoys her work at a private College like APIC where she has more chances to get to know students and their stories, thus can provide more practical coaching and relevant support. Her favourite proverb is “Teachers are like ferrymen, diligently helping students cross the ocean to reach their future”. Her hope is that her students once graduated are ready for their journeys ahead and always remain passionate with their chosen profession.