BRISBANE, Australia – 17 June 2020: Leading student accommodation and technology services provider MyStay International (MSI) is in the running to be named the Accommodation provider of the year at the 2020 PIEoneer Awards.
Hundreds of entries were received across 18 categories for the awards which acknowledge outstanding innovation and achievement in international education.
MSI is the only Australian company shortlisted for Accommodation provider of the year and will compete against six other nominees from the UK and USA for the honour.
Founded in Brisbane, MSI has built its reputation on improving the international student experience for students across the globe.
MSI Founder and Director, David Bycroft, said being nominated as a PIEoneer Award finalist for the third time was “a phenomenal achievement” given the quality of the competition around the world.
“The PIE is a global authority in international education. For them to recognise MyStay International as one of the world’s best accommodation providers is a real privilege and a great endorsement of our ongoing mission to support international students,” Mr Bycroft said.
“Delivering quality student experiences with a focus on safety, wellbeing and cultural immersion has enabled us to positively impact the lives of more than 63,000 students from 183 countries.”
One of MSI’s major initiatives for 2020 was the establishment of the International Student Support Network, a program offering discounted short-term homestay accommodation to vulnerable international students in Australia in need of support and assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The PIE highlighted that the calibre and volume of entries for this year’s awards exceeded those received in 2019, which was a pleasant surprise given the turbulent events seen at the start of 2020.
“The nominations this year have been exceptional in showcasing so much excellent work that is being carried out across the international education industry, and it was very competitive,” The PIE’s Events Manager Rachel Donnellan said.
The Awards shortlist is made up of nominees from 26 countries. Winners will be selected by an independent judging panel of 38 international education specialists from across the globe in a virtual ceremony in September.