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University of Adelaide appoints chancellor to drive international students and research


Professor Shane Thomas has been appointed the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

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Professor Thomas is currently Associate President and Executive Director in International Academic Development at Monash University, having previously held a number of senior posts at Latrobe University and the University of Sydney. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard University and is recognised as both an innovative researcher and educator.

“This appointment represents a critical aspect of our strategic agenda in both education and research,” said Professor Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) at the university.

“Professor Thomas brings the outstanding knowledge and experience of a senior Group of Eight university, coupled with the particular insights of working closely on higher education policy with foreign countries, especially in Asia,” said Professor Quester. “China is enormously important to us and I look forward to working with him to take forward our unique internationalisation strategy as part of the University's strategic plan, Beacon of Enlightenment.”

Professor Thomas said he was looking forward to taking up the new role and relocating to Adelaide.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and PhD in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and completed the prestigious Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

The incoming Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) will commence in the position in March 2015, according the University of Adelaide media release.

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