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Professor Simon Ridings


Professor Simon Ridings joined Edith Cowan University (ECU) as Deputy Vice-Chancellor International in 2015. At this time, ECU underwent a significant organisational restructure and introduced its "World Ready" University Strategic Plan.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor International reports to the Vice-Chancellor. It is a senior executive position with university-wide responsibility for: expanding the University’s global presence; driving engagement with international partners; developing and sustaining relationships that enable the University to globalise its operations; advancing 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 and is a nationally and internationally recognised leader in the higher education sector. Before becoming DVCI at ECU, he held Deputy Vice-Chancellor roles at Curtin University and the University of Canberra. He has been a board member of numerous international education businesses and professional bodies. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland. His previous university 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 large, internationalised Business and Health Sciences faculties.

Executive Officer
Lisa Bain
Telephone: (+61 8) 6304 2526

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