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Executive Leadership & Management in International Education

Expressions of interest for 2013 welcome

For enquiries and more information

Please direct enquiries and expressions of interest to Anita Wong: +61 3 8344 0906.


This interactive program is jointly developed with the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) for current and aspiring international education leaders. Participants will be given insights into the visionary, entrepreneurial, strategic and executive level leadership and management skills required to ensure their institutions’ continuing success in international education.

The program features high-level guest speakers who are leading practitioners and with whom participants will engage through a range of short presentations, case studies, facilitated interactive discussions and group work. Participants are expected to engage in preparatory work, to develop a group presentation on a key issue and to prepare a short individual leadership plan.

Who should attend?

Designed for senior and middle level managers in higher education and VET institutions who have, or who are preparing themselves to undertake, a leadership role in international education. Participants may include Directors/Deans International, as well as academic and professional staff responsible for the planning, management and delivery of international education programs.

Delivery mode

The program consists of three non-residential modules, each lasting for three days.


Aug Module: Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane

Oct/Nov Module: Victoria University Conference Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Program fee 

$2,500 per module ($2,750 incl. GST).

Program fee does not include accommodation.

Program content

Key topics to be explored:

Aug Module: Leadership in Action 

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  • Leadership teams – from strategy to implementation
  • Managing change
  • Leading through influence and the politics of leadership
  • The human side of leadership.

Oct/Nov Module: Business and Politics

Download program (pdf). Program correct as at 28 May 2012.

  • The business of international education
  • Competition and collaboration
  • Interacting with government.

There will also be a continuation of the very popular 'Vice-Chancellor’ sessions where three Vice-Chancellors outline their own leadership journey and provide the opportunity to engage in deep discussion with them on the leadership and management. The Vice-Chancellors this year are:

  • Professor Peter Coaldrake, Vice-Chancellor, QUT (Aug Module )
  • Professor Margaret Gardner, Vice-Chancellor, RMIT University (Oct/Nov Module).

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, participants will be better placed to effectively argue the case for ‘international’ both within and outside the institution. They will have obtained up-to-date insights on key policy drivers in competitivemarkets and how these are dealt with at the coalface.

Importantly, participants will also have greater understanding of how to effectively lead and manage including developing teams and implementing change in a volatile environment. They will have a greater understanding of project management in action and further developed analytical and assessment skills.

Program facilitators

Professor Graham Webb is a former Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of New England in Australia where he had overall responsibility for the academic activities of the University and acted as Vice-Chancellor for extended periods. His previous career includes eleven years at Monash University in Australia where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and CEO of Monash College Pty Ltd (a wholly owned company of the University comprising six educational businesses); eleven years at the University of Otago in New Zealand; six years at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica; and, seven years at the University of Ulster in Ireland. He holds the qualifications of BA Honours, MSc, PhD with distinction and PGCE. Graham is author or editor of 9 books and numerous book chapters and journal articles concerning the theory and practice of teaching and learning in higher education, organisational and staff development. He is an Editorial Advisory Board member for five international journals. Graham has played an active role internationally in quality assurance and improvement. He chaired the first and subsequent audits for the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) and is a trainer, auditor or consultant for national accreditation and audit agencies in six countries. In 2008 he received the Australian Higher Education Quality Award. Graham is retained as senior advisor to a number of higher education providers and consultancies and undertakes mainly academic quality related consultancies on a part-time basis. He retains an Adjunct Professorial appointment at the University of New England.

Helen Cook is the Vice-President of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA). In addition to being a member of the IEAA Executive, Helen chairs the IEAA PD Committee and the IEAA Awards Committee and contributes regularly to the monthly e-newsletter, VISTA.

Helen is an international education practitioner, project manager, consultant and researcher with over 20 years experience in international education. She is a former Executive Director of QUT International in Brisbane. Helen has tertiary qualifications in Arts, Education and Business. She is currently the Associate Director Client Relations (Australia) for TOEFL, the most widely available global English language proficiency test.


August Module

Professor Leo Goedegebuure is Director of the LH Martin Institute and is active in the field of higher education policy research and management. He first moved to Australia in 2005 to join the University of New England's Centre for Higher Education Mangement and Policy. Prior to this, Leo was executive director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), at the University of Twente, NL, Europe’s largest research centre in this field. His research interests are in the areas of governance and management.

Dennis Murray was an Executive Director of the International Education Association of Australia and a Director of Murray-Goold International Pty Ltd. He has been involved in international education for more than 25 years and has held senior and executive management positions in international education in a number of Australian universities. He has extensive consulting experience in international education and has researched and published widely in international education, as well as in strategy and policy in higher education more generally.

Liz Baré commenced her working life in charge of a small specialist library in a government agency, supervising two other staff. She moved through a series of technical and line management positions in that agency, and in 1983 was appointed to head its 50 strong personnel branch. Her longest appointment was as Vice-Principal (Human Resources) at the University of Melbourne. Liz is currently a Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management and also a Senior Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, at the University of Melbourne. She advises universities in Australia and overseas on management and human resource management issues.

Scott Sheppard is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) at Queensland University of Technology. He leads the University’s international and development activities and his portfolio includes: Alumni and Development, The Confucius Institute at QUT, QUT International, QUT International College and QUT Precincts. In his career, Scott has held leadership roles across government and the education and training sector. Scott has lived and worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai for more than 10 years.

Professor Peter Coaldrake is Vice-Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology.




Speakers for Oct/Nov Module to be announced


'I enjoyed the networking opportunities very much. And the course provided some useful insights and reminders about the key elements and priorities of true leadership.' (2011 participant)

'Instructions were very good with a practical flavour and many ideas for implementation.' (2011 participant)

‘I feel re-invigorated and have enjoyed connecting with peers.’ (2010 participant)

‘Good balance of general leadership and international specific information.’ (2010 participant)


About the IEAA

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) is Australia’s leading international education professional organisation.

Its mission is to enhance the quality and standing of Australian international education by serving the professional needs and interests of its members and by promoting international education within Australia and internationally.

IEAA offers networking and professional development opportunities through industry focused workshops, seminars and symposia. It also has an active research program and public policy agenda. IEAA works in close collaboration with a wide range of industry stakeholders including other peak bodies, as well as with governments to enhance and strengthen Australian international education.

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