Professor Simon Ridings joined Edith Cowan University (ECU) in the newly established position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) in late 2015. At this time, ECU underwent a significant organizational restructure and commenced the creation of a new university strategy based on three elements: advancing research; advancing internationalisation; and advancing teaching and learning.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor International reports to the Vice-Chancellor. It is a senior leadership position with university-wide responsibility for: expanding the university's global presence; driving engagement with international partners; developing and sustaining external relationships that enable the university to internationalise its operations; facilitating ECU's capability to operate internationally, grow international student enrolments and diversify its revenue base; building the ECU brand internationally; expanding mobility opportunities for students; and, establishing the strategic vision for ECU's international engagement in a highly competitive global environment.
Professor Ridings joined ECU from a career in academic leadership and university business development. Before becoming DVCI at ECU, he held Deputy Vice-Chancellor roles at Curtin University and at the University of Canberra.
He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland. His previous teaching areas included: International Business; International Logistics; Asian Business Development; Economic History; International Marketing and, Export Management. His research interests included Political and Economic Development in Asia, Embedding Cross Cultural Competence within Curriculum, and International Higher Education Management and Marketing.
In previous positions Professor Ridings held Faculty executive roles in Business and Health Sciences faculties, and from this, more than anything else he has done, claims well-developed cross-cultural competence.
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