Bobby Mehta was recognised as a remarkable example of someone who has helped shape and evolve the global education sector in a significant way.
Bobby Mehta, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Portsmouth, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the international education sector.
Bobby won the PIEoneer award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry 2023’, alongside Edwin van Rest from Studyportals and Cyndi McLeod from Global University Systems at The PIEoneer Awards, which honour the very best in innovation and achievement across the whole of the global education industry.
The judges said Bobby is a remarkable example of someone who has helped shape and evolve the global education sector in a significant way. He has demonstrated leadership, vision and dedication in advancing the UK’s international education sector in various ways.
He has led and contributed to numerous projects and initiatives that have improved the quality, standards and attractiveness of UK education for international students. He has also used his influence and network to advocate for the interests and needs of the sector and its stakeholders.
As I look ahead I want to see our industry revolutionise not evolve, I want to see us provide the best possible platforms and services to students across the globe to enable them access the best education and achieve all their dreams and ambitions and in doing so be empowered to make the world a better place.
Bobby said: “I have been very lucky to work in such a great industry for the whole of my career and any little I have done or given back still doesn't feel enough. In the years ahead, I will continue to try to do my little bit to ensure our industry continues to be the best it can be.
“I couldn't have achieved this success without the support of colleagues, partners, friends and family and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that I had the pleasure of working with across my career to date and for their contribution to achieving this award.
“As I recognised on the night, behind every success there is a women, or often women, and in my case over the last 20 years I have had the support and companionship Rozina Metha (my best friend and my wife) without whom I could not have done half the things I have. Without Rozina's support I would not have achieved what I have to receive this recognition.
“Whilst it was a great honour for me to receive this award - I dedicated this special occasion to the other important woman in my life, my princess, my daughter - Sarah and I hope it inspires her to achieve her full potential and reach great heights.”
With a distinguished judging panel representing geographical and professional diversity, the PIEoneer Awards recognise both individuals and organisations who are pushing professional standards, evolving their engagement or redefining the international student experience.
Bobby added: “As I look ahead I want to see our industry revolutionise not evolve, I want to see us provide the best possible platforms and services to students across the globe to enable them access the best education and achieve all their dreams and ambitions and in doing so be empowered to make the world a better place.”