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Queen's delegation visits Australian universities


Principal Daniel Woolf and Vice-Provost (International) John Dixon will spend the next two weeks in Australia meeting with university officials from around the world and connecting with Queen’s alumni.

“Trips such as this one allow me to find out at the highest levels how other universities are adapting to rapid changes in higher education caused by technology and increased mobility of students,” says Principal Woolf.

While in Australia, Principal Woolf and Vice-Provost Dixon will attend a meeting of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) in Perth. The presidents and senior international administrators from the seven MNU institutions will discuss how they can work together and build on the agreement they signed last year.

Following the MNU meeting, Vice-Provost Dixon will visit Queen’s partner institutions in Perth and Sydney.

“I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the existing exchange programs, which are very popular with Queen’s students, and contemplate any enhancements or modifications,” he says.

Principal Woolf will also visit universities in Perth, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney with a particular focus on their international programs.

“Australia is way ahead of Canada in terms of internationalization of post-secondary education. There is much that we can learn from their experience,” he says.

Principal Woolf will also discuss research as well as teaching and learning with Australian university administrators and faculty members. The institutions he will visit rank among the top nine research universities in Australia.

In terms of alumni engagement, Principal Woolf and Vice-Provost Dixon will attend an alumni reception in Perth and in Sydney, Tom MacDonald, alumnus and Canadian Consul-General in Sydney, will host a reception for Principal Woolf and alumni. In Canberra, Principal Woolf will also visit the High Commission of Canada in Australia where alumnus, David McKinnon, is Deputy High Commissioner.

Principal Woolf is posting updates about the trip on his blog and his Twitter account.

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