Monash gets new head

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed -

Uni­ver­sity Malaysia re­cently wel­comed Pro­fes­sor An­drew Walker as its pres­i­dent and pro vice-chan­cel­lor (in­terim).

An an­thro­pol­o­gist spe­cial­is­ing in the cul­tures of South­east Asia, mov­ing to Monash Malaysia is an op­por­tu­nity for Walker to com­bine his two pas­sions — South­east Asia and ed­u­ca­tion lead­er­ship.

Over the past 25 years, he has been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the re­gion, con­duct­ing re­search on cross-bor­der trade, en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment.

Be­fore his ap­point­ment, Walker was the Monash Malaysia’s vice-pres­i­dent (aca­demic) since Novem­ber last year.

He was at­tached to the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity (ANU) in Can­berra for more than 20 years.

Walker has a strong in­ter­est in higher ed­u­ca­tion lead­er­ship. He has served as a mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Col­lege of Asia and the Pa­cific at the ANU (2009-2014) as well as Deputy Chair of the ANU Uni­ver­sity Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee (2013-2014), pursuing a wide range of ed­u­ca­tion re­forms.

He has also worked in Aus­tralian govern­ment agen­cies, at both Com­mon­wealth and State lev­els.

With a fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tional in­no­va­tion, Walker has been ex­plor­ing how new tech­nol­ogy, and new forms of me­dia, can trans­form the ways aca­demics share knowl­edge and pro­mote learn­ing.

He is also com­mit­ted to the im­por­tance of learn­ing out­side the class­room. Over the last two years, he has led study tours to Myan­mar, pro­vid­ing un­der­grad­u­ates with first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the coun­try’s rapid so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.

Dur­ing the most re­cent study tour, stu­dents’ ex­pe­ri­ences ranged from plant­ing rice with farm­ers to dis­cus­sions on na­tional de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges with the Myan­mar Min­is­ter of Agriculture.

Walker grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney with a Bach­e­lor of Arts (Hons) and later pur­sued a PhD at the ANU.

He en­joys pho­tog­ra­phy, mu­sic and read­ing.

An au­thor of three books, he is writ­ing a book about a re­bel­lion that took place in the border­lands of Burma and Siam in the early 19th cen­tury.

MONASH

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