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|Position||Manager International & Development|
|Area||International & Development Unit - Arts & Educat'n|
|Phone||+61 3 924 43904|
|Role and profile||
Michael Knopp has over 25 years experience working in large post-secondary educational institutions in a relatively diverse range of management roles. In his current role at Deakin University, he is responsible for leading a team that proactively identifies and develops opportunities that assist the Faculty of Arts and Education in achieving important domestic and international operational goals.
The International and Development Group is primarily responsible for managing the Faculty’s domestic and international marketing development and partnership engagement activities. This includes developing strategic
partnership agreements, course articulation arrangements, exchange agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with offshore institutions located in key market regions throughout India, China, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe.
In collaboration with the Faculty’s Heads of Schools, Global Experience Program Coordinators and the Deakin International Student Mobility Office, the International and Development Group plays an important role in assisting the Faculty to achieve important outward student mobility targets.
The International and Development Group also assists in the development and implementation of various commercial activities (e.g. Deakin Motion.Lab animation services and DEAKIN TV STUDIO broadcasting services), through the provision of business planning, research, budgeting, marketing, contract preparation and other administrative services. It also manages the Faculty’s web site.
Some of the major projects that Michael has worked on or is currently working on with senior University officials as well as with senior representatives from large business and government organisations include:
• Cultivating active formal partnership arrangements with over 30 universities and educational institutions located throughout the world;
• Developing an active Higher Degree by Research partnership with the Director General of Higher Education, Government of Indonesia;
• Coordinating a large, high profile international conference based on the themes of Governance, Development and Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, that led to the establishment of the Australia Indonesia Research Institute for Humanity and Development;
• Preparing the business plan that secured funding from the Government of Victoria to establish Australia’s largest and most sophisticated motion capture studio;
• Developing dual degree programs with the University of Indonesia; the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) in Vietnam; and Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) in Germany;
• Assisting a partnership institution in Norway with their successful application to the Norwegian Ministry of Education to become a degree-granting university-college;
• In partnership with The Australian National University and Chulalongkorn University, implementing a student mobility research project focusing on the Thai–Burma Railway;
• Preparing tender documentation that secured a large and important contract with the Australian Defence College, Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies; and
• Developing a major business plan on behalf of the CEO of IDP Education Australia for the purposes of addressing global transnational education opportunities in India.
|Service to the University,
discipline or community
Prior to joining Deakin University in 2005, Michael held the position of Associate Director, Major Projects, Office of the Vice President (Resources), Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne), from 2000 to 2004. While in this role, he served 17 months as the Acting Director of Swinburne Tummasiri, the Thailand campus of Swinburne University. Prior to that, he worked on-site for four months in Sarawak, Malaysia to help establish Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak located on the island of Borneo. During this time he was also involved in:
• Developing, on-site in China, a campus development concept proposal for Shenyang University, Liaoning Province of the People’s Republic of China;
• Preparing documentation related to a university license application submitted to the Government of Vietnam, and formally presenting this documentation to senior Vietnam Government officials from the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA);
• Researching, writing and compiling the application documentation that was submitted to the Office of Higher Education, Queensland, for the proposed establishment of an internationally-focused private university to be located in Far North Queensland; and
• Leading an academic team representing campuses and representative offices from Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam in the development, accreditation and implementation of Multi-Sector Multi-Award Programs (MSMAP), including Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree components.
Between 1997 and 2000, Michael was the Manager of the Centre for Business Development and Training, Swinburne University’s largest commercial training centre.
Prior to migrating to Australia from Canada in October 1996, Michael served as the Director of Community Education for Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada, where he led a team of program coordinators who worked closely with various academic departments in the development and implementation of a wide range of business, information technology, industrial/technical training, visual and performing arts, and general interest programs. During this time he also:
• Established a remote campus training facility to provide management and computer training to indigenous students living in rural Alberta;
• Developed the NAFSA-funded Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education, an international student and faculty exchange project that involved Red Deer College (as project leader), British Columbia Institute of Technology, Lansing Community College (Michigan, U.S.A.), Brevard College (Florida, U.S.A.), Universidad De Colima (Mexico) and Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara (Mexico);
• Served as a founding member and Chairperson of The Business Advisory Network (BAN), a group established in 1988 to provide advice, assistance and support to private business and industry. In 2003, along with other BAN founding members, he became a shared recipient of the Premier of the Province of Alberta, Canada “Silver Leadership Award”; and
• Served as a member of the Senior Community Education Officers (SCEO) from 1990 to 1996, and Chairperson from 1993 to 1995, a formal committee comprised of Deans and Directors of Alberta post-secondary colleges and technical institutes that works to develop strategic alliances, discuss policy issues and perform an advocacy role on matters pertaining to continuing education.
Prior to being promoted into the above position in 1990, Michael served for three years as the Director of the Management Development Center, Red Deer College.
|Awards||Recipient of the 2009 Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Internationalisation.|