International Relations Office

Deakin University engages with a broad range of academic institutions and organisations around the world. The International Relations Office (IRO) provides strategic advice and assists in the development of sustainable and multi-faceted partnerships that deliver quality global academic outcomes.

COVID-19 update

With travel restrictions in place worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Deakin University welcomes virtual visits and interactions, including meetings through videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom. Please contact IRO for more information. Our thoughts are with all our colleagues around the world who may be impacted by COVID-19.

Find out more about the University’s response to COVID-19

What we do

The International Relations Office contributes to the University’s globalisation activities by providing high-level support and advice to Deakin faculties and divisions including:

  • providing strategic advice on international partnerships including partnership models and development opportunities in key countries/regions
  • preparing and evaluating formal partnership agreements with international academic partners (excluding research-specific agreements), based on consistent practice across the University and maintenance of the University’s central agreements database
  • advising on globalisation initiatives and activities to ensure compliance with University policy and procedures
  • developing in-depth briefing documents to support globalisation activities and to inform the University Executive and the wider University community
  • organising and coordinating programs and events for high-level international visitors to the University, including from universities, government organisations and diplomatic missions
  • organising an annual Deakin Fellowship for Internationalisation (DFI) to provide an opportunity to both professional and academic staff to broaden their knowledge of international education and to develop themselves into the next generation of leaders in international education.

International partnerships

Existing partnerships

Deakin has international partnerships with over 500 partners in more than 65 countries across the world. Our international partnerships map gives a snapshot of the types of partnerships we have in place and where our partners are located.

Explore Deakin's partnerships on our interactive map

The International Relations Office supports the development of strategic international partnerships and networks for academic collaboration, principally focused on mutually beneficial student learning and experience outcomes. International academic partnerships may include partnerships that support:

  • general academic collaborations through Memorandum of Understanding
  • articulation – we have many articulation arrangements with overseas institutions that provide a pathway for students into Deakin undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs
  • recognition for prior learning – we have formal arrangements with other institutions that recognise specific courses and offer students credit towards a Deakin degree
  • transnational education partnerships that aim to expand international teaching and learning through flexible modes of delivery including joint delivery of degrees, licensing of curriculum and online delivery modes
  • dual-degree partnerships – these arrangements enable students to obtain two degrees, one from Deakin and one from an international partner in the same time as a single degree
  • staff and student mobility, which may include student exchange, study abroad and short-term programs.

Prospective partnerships

If you are interested in collaborating with Deakin University, please contact the International Relations Office.

Email IRO

International visits

Deakin University welcomes visitors from abroad to provide opportunities for mutual collaboration and partnership building.

The International Relations Office manages high-level, university-wide and highly strategic visits from individuals and delegations from overseas educational institutions and government bodies

Information for official visits

Official visitors may include university leaders and representatives of international universities, research organisations, distinguished professionals in various fields, sponsorship bodies and government offices, or other official entities.

If you wish to visit Deakin University, please contact the International Relations Office at

To assist us with organising and managing your visit, please fill out the visit request form. IRO will liaise within the University to match visit requests with University personnel and advise the outcome of the request.

Download the international visit request form (DOC, 41.3KB)

Other visits, including those for visiting scholars, are coordinated by the faculties or by the relevant area/division within the University. If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar, please contact the relevant faculty.

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Contact us

Professor Wei Shen
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations)
+61 3 9246 8736
Email Professor Shen

Gretchen Shillabeer
IRO Manager 
+61 3 9244 5302
Email Gretchen Shillabeer

Rupa Subramaniam
International Relations and Partnerships Officer
+61 3 9246 8342
Email Rupa Subramaniam

Michael Kok  
International Development Manager
+61 3 9244 6934
Email Michael Kok

Xuefei Bai
China Partnerships Officer
+61 9246 8798
Email Xuefei Bai