University boss has global goals

A new vice-chancellor is at the helm of the University of Western Sydney and he will not rest on his laurels in the institution's 25th year.

Professor Barney Glover replaced Professor Janice Reid, who retired on January 2 after 16 years as vice-chancellor of the university.

Professor Glover hopes to lift the international profile of the university while continuing to serve its 40,000 students, most from greater western Sydney.

"No university stays static," he said.

"Under Professor Reid's leadership it has developed very strong areas of research capability, which is exceptionally important in the context of a modern university and the contribution it can make to economic and regional development.

"The next phase for the university in my view is to be part of this globalisation of higher education.

"We want to increase international students studying across the university's campuses, to increase the research linkages to partner institutions internationally, to encourage more western Sydney students to have an international experience during their study."

Professor Glover, an internationally-recognised mathematician, last held the position of vice-chancellor at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.

He has a diploma of education, a master's degree in science and a PhD in mathematics.

"Having an academic background is important but there are a whole lot of other skills that I think are increasingly critical for a vice-chancellor of a modern university," he said.

"Vice-chancellors are expected to be very corporate in their outlook, but of course to be very aware and supportive of the academic ethos of the university, so it's a complex role."

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