University appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor International

Michael Wesley
Professor Michael Wesley has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor International at the University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne has appointed senior executive Professor Michael Wesley to lead its focus on international strategies and partnerships.

Professor Wesley, an expert in international affairs who has worked in higher education, government and the private sector, has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor International.

Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell said: “It is very exciting to have Michael Wesley join us at the University of Melbourne and to have someone with his global experience and strategic thinking to lead our international activities.”

Professor Maskell said the University of Melbourne is focused on building partnerships with key universities, industry and governments around the world. “We are already an excellent university for Australia with great international collaborations, but we should be an even more influential part of the global academic community. Our University has an increasingly global reach, partnering with other internationally-recognised universities in collaborative and life changing research.

“We want to lead international collaborations in education and research and explore new ideas to address some of the world’s biggest challenges by working with colleagues, institutions and alumni in Australia and around the globe,” he said.

Professor Wesley said: “I am looking forward to joining the University of Melbourne and being part of this globally-recognised institution. My focus will be building strategic partnerships with some of the world’s best universities and contributing positively to our academic and research communities.”

Professor Wesley is currently Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has extensive experience in international strategy and relations and has worked in higher education, government and the private sector. He has published on Australian foreign policy, Asia’s international relations and strategic affairs, and the politics of state-building interventions.

Previously, Professor Wesley was the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University, and Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

Professor Wesley, who will report to the Vice-Chancellor, will commence on 18 November.