Monica Ruston

Senior Manager, Global Student Recruitment

Monica is an experienced business development and marketing professional with almost two decades of international education industry experience across a number of sectors. She possesses an in-depth knowledge, and extensive insight into international marketing, recruitment, and admissions, as well as experience in business development, student mobility programs, partnership and stakeholder relationships, and customer acquisition strategies.

Prior to Monica's return to CMU-A in 2022, she was the campus' Senior Admissions Manager/Senior Manager of Student Recruitment from 2008 to 2011. She ran a successful student recruitment business as the Managing Director of LAE International Education, covering both the Australian and New Zealand territories. Leading diverse teams across multiple geographic locations, Monica managed the branch operations, developed new markets, and implemented growth plans, digital marketing strategies, systems improvements, and change management policies.

She is passionate about promoting international education and is very supportive of innovative ideas and projects that value diversity and inclusion. She loves interacting and developing business partnerships with a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds and engaging in social innovation projects. She is an avid learner and loves to pursue further studies in different areas for her continued professional development.

Time with her family is precious, and in her spare time, she loves discovering the best walking trails in South Australia along with her family, trying out hipster coffee shops and markets, singing out loud in the car, and dancing to her beloved Latin music!