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Mr Michael Knopp



Manager International & Partnerships


Faculty of Arts and Education


Engagement, Arts&Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 43904


Michael Knopp has over 32 years experience working in management roles for large post secondary institutions.  In his current role, 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.

International and Partnerships is primarily responsible for managing the Faculty's domestic and international partnership development and engagement activities. It is also responsible for coordinating the Faculty's international student recruitment activities.  This includes developing and implementing strategic marketing and recruitment plans, strategic partnership agreements, course articulation arrangements, academic collaboration agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Australian and offshore institutions located in key market regions throughout India, China, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe. 

International and Partnerships occassionally provides support to the Faculty's Work Integrated Learning Unit in their goal to achieve important outward bound student mobility targets.

International and Partnerships also assists Faculty Schools in the development and implementation of various commercial activities (e.g. Deakin Motion.Lab, DEAKIN TV STUDIO, Deakin Live Streaming), and liaises with the Deakin University Solicitor's Office in the preparation of Faculty agreements and contracts.

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Professional activities

Some of the major projects that Michael has worked on with senior Deakin University officials include:

Cultivating active formal partnerships with over 60 universities and educational institutions located throughout the world;

Developing dual degree programs with the University of Indonesia, Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany, and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Vietnam;

Developing an active 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;

Preparing the business plan that led to the establishment of Australia's largest and most sophisticated motion capture studio;

Assisting a partnership institution in Norway with their successful application to the Norwegian Ministry of Education to become a degree granting university college; and

Negotiating the agreement to have the Marngrook Footy Show, Australia's most popular indigenous television program, broadcast live throughout Australia from the Deakin Broadcast Studio in 2009 - 2010 and 2013 - 2018;

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's campus In Thailand and worked on-site for four months in Malaysia to help establish the Swinburne Sarawak campus located on the island of Borneo. During this time he was also involved in:

Preparing documentation related to a university license application submitted to the Government of Vietnam, and formally presenting this documentation to senior Vietnam Government officials;

Researching, writing and compiling the application documentation that was submitted to the Office of Higher Education, Queensland, for the establishment of an internationally-focused 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 Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree programs.

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, where he led a team of program coordinators in the development and implementation of a wide range of 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 a NAFSA funded student mobility program that involved British Columbia Institute of Technology, Lansing Community College (Michigan), Brevard College (Florida), Universidad De Colima (Mexico) and Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara (Mexico);

Served as a founding member and Chairperson of The Business Advisory Network, where he became a shared recipient of the Premier of the Province of Alberta Silver Leadership Award; and

Served as a member and Chairperson of the Senior Community Education Officers from 1990 to 1996, a formal committee comprised of Deans and Directors of Alberta post-secondary colleges and technical institutions.

Prior to being promoted into the above position in 1990, Michael served for three years as the Director of the Red Deer College Management Development Center.


Recipient of the 2016 Deakin University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Experiences

Recipient of the 2009 Deakin University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Internationalisation in recognition of his work on the Dual Award Master Degree program with Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany.

Recipient of the 2003 Premier of the Province of Alberta, Canada “Silver Leadership Award”.