International partnerships

Deakin places a high priority on global partnerships with industry, government, research institutes, not-for-profit organisations and like-minded universities. Our offices in India, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Europe foster successful long-term international alliances with industries, governments and communities.

Building a global research footprint

Deakin has established partnerships with some of the world’s leading research organisations, allowing us to make a global impact in many research fields from health to advanced manufacturing.

Our many research ties in China include partnerships with the Beijing Pharma and Biotech Centre and the Sino-Australian Initiative for Automotive Materials with steel giant WISCO. In Indonesia, we have links with over 40 Indonesian universities to support joint research programs.

Our long-standing Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI) is bridging the innovation gap between industry and academia through industry-relevant research in areas such as composite materials, food security and biotech applications. Deakin and The Energy Resource Institute of India (TERI) have also established the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre that brings together Deakin's cutting edge expertise in nanomaterials and TERI's extensive biotech experience. The centre's research activities include delivery of Deakin PhD programs under expert supervision in a range of nanobiotechnology related fields.

International Relations Office (IRO)

Our International Relations Office (IRO) assists in developing sustainable and multi-faceted partnerships that support general academic collaboration, pathways for international students into Deakin, recognition of prior learning, expansion of international teaching and learning and global mobility of staff and students, including student exchange, study abroad and short-term programs.

Learn more about the International Relations Office

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 made by individuals and delegations from overseas educational institutions and government bodies.

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

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.

Overseas study – graduates with global skills

Deakin prepares capable, confident and skilled graduates with a global mindset by building partnerships with universities and organisations around the world that allow our students to study overseas and participate in international study tour and volunteering programs and internship experiences.

We are a leader in sending students overseas on New Colombo Plan funded programs. We have student exchange partnerships with universities in more than 30 countries including the USA, UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam Thailand, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

Contact us

International academic partnerships

International Relations Office 
Gretchen Shillabeer
+61 3 9244 5302
Email Gretchen Shillabeer

Exchange, Study Abroad and English language programs

Deakin University English Language Institute and Global Student Mobility
Ben Stubbs, Director
+61 3 9244 5118
Email Ben Stubbs

Research training partnerships

Deakin Research International
Helen Woodall
+61 3 5227 2930
Email Deakin Research International