After an extensive international search and recruitment process, Swinburne University of Technology has announced the appointment of Dr Douglas Proctor as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement).
In support of Swinburne’s global ambitions, recently outlined in its Horizon 2025 strategy, Dr Proctor will provide leadership across the university with responsibility for global engagement and the development and deployment of Swinburne’s internationalisation strategy.
Dr Proctor comes to Swinburne from University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland, where he has been Director of UCD Global for close to five years. Dr Proctor holds a PhD in International Higher Education, which he completed following a series of director and associate director roles at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.
A Senior Fellow of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Dr Proctor is a frequent speaker – and has published widely – on topics related to global engagement and international education.
A wealth of experience
Swinburne’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pascale Quester, said she was delighted to welcome Dr Proctor as Swinburne’s new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement).
“Dr Proctor has a wealth of international experience across both higher education and vocational education, and understands the challenges and opportunities facing global institutions like Swinburne. He brings demonstrated leadership and an international mindset focused on growth, innovation and excellence that aligns strongly with our aim to provide a truly global education experience,” Professor Quester said.
“As Swinburne continues to become the prototype for a new 21st century university, Dr Proctor’s appointment offers even greater opportunities for us to step up on the global stage across research, education delivery and student recruitment,” she said.
A great opportunity
“I am delighted to be joining Swinburne at a time of great opportunity for this fast-moving and ambitious university,” Dr Proctor said.
“Swinburne has a strong global footprint and reputation across education and research, including teaching locations in Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Singapore, and partnerships across the region and around the world. I look forward to growing and deepening our international partnerships as we continue to deliver on Swinburne’s global ambitions,” he said.
Dr Proctor will commence on 2 August 2021, reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global and Community).