The University of Melbourne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), Professor Susan Elliott, has been named the Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE).

The first female academic to hold the position, Professor Elliott was officially voted to the board at a meeting yesterday, ahead of the annual APAIE conference being held in Seoul until Thursday. 

The APAIE is an international, non-profit organisation made up of more than 1000 members, dedicated to promoting the internationalisation of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region.  

It lists its mission as achieving greater cooperation amongst those responsible for international education in the region, while promoting the quality of international programs, activities, and exchanges for the harmony and the advancement of the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Elliott said she was looking forward to working with the President, Professor Katsuichi Uchida (Waseda University, Japan) on some of the key issues facing universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Several regions around the world, such as Europe and North America, have international education associations that promote collaboration, cooperation, mobility and greater understanding of the issues facing their members, and the APAIE is one way those in the Asia-Pacific can engage on this front.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the colleagues and partner organisations at the APAIE at this time, particularly with the Australian government’s implementation of the New Columbo Plan,” she said.

Professor Elliott’s term as Vice President will run until March 2016, the same year the APAIE conference will come to Melbourne for the first time.  Australia's only previous Vice President was Prof Chris Madden from Griffith University.