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New Deputy Vice-Chancellor International appointed to Curtin

Media release

Curtin University has announced the appointment of Professor Seth Kunin, as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, commencing in April this year.

Professor Kunin is currently Vice-Principal, Internationalisation, at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to this he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Humanities) and Executive Dean (Arts and Humanities) at Durham University.

Professor Kunin has extensive experience in the international domain, having led the University of Aberdeen’s very successful international strategy for two years, which included overseeing the development of a campus in South Korea and establishing significant collaborations with overseas universities, organisations and governments.

A prominent anthropologist, Professor Kunin attained his BA from Columbia University in New York and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in the UK. His research focused on the application of structuralist theory and methodology to Jewish texts and culture.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry said she was delighted with the appointment and looked forward to welcoming Professor Kunin to the senior leadership team at Curtin.

“Professor Kunin has a wealth of international experience that will undoubtedly further develop Curtin’s international profile and commitment to international engagement, Professor Terry said.

“As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, Professor Kunin will provide leadership in international activities, including strategic policy, international marketing strategy, and international partnerships.”

Professor Kunin said he was excited about moving to Curtin, as he believed the University was very well positioned to have a significant impact on a wide range of global issues.

“Curtin is already reaching out to and transforming communities throughout the world and I hope to be able to extend this reach even further.” Professor Kunin said. “I’m looking forward to contributing my international perspective and leading Curtin’s growth in international education, research and industry engagement.”

The appointment follows the retirement of Professor David Wood from the position, which has been capably held by the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Simon Leunig during the recruitment process. Professor Leunig will continue in the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor International until Professor Kunin commences the position.