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Prof Gary Smith



Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement


DVC (GE) Office


Office of DVC (Global Engag)


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 925 17713


Professor Gary Smith, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement, provides strategic leadership at Deakin for:

  • the development, nurturing and monitoring of domestic and international academic and research partnerships
  • the branding, marketing and positioning of the University nationally and globally
  • the recruitment of domestic and international students
  • enhancement of graduate employment outcomes

Prior to this appointment in 2013 he held positions at the University of Western Sydney as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and International) and Executive Dean of the College of Arts.  He also has had earlier connections with Deakin as a Professor of International Relations. He has a BA(Hons) and PhD from Monash University.

Professor Smith is widely published in the area of Australia’s foreign policies and engagement with Asia, and the international relations in the Asia Pacific. He has been a visiting professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing. For several years he was academic program director at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, the senior executive college of the Department of Defence.

His publications have had a particular focus on Australia’s regional relations and Australia’s expanding engagement with Asia. Deakin’s own increased connections with Asia and other regions are part of this larger dynamic and he sees great opportunities for the University in deepening these connections - whether through international partnerships in exciting areas of research and teaching that make a difference, or in welcoming international students to Deakin's campuses to learn alongside local students, or through many more Australian students studying abroad with Deakin's partners as part of their degree.

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