Professor May Tan-Mullins appointed Dean International at JCU
In this new role, Professor May Tan-Mullins will lead the development and implementation of internationalisation strategy for James Cook University in Singapore.
James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore has named Professor May Tan-Mullins as the new Dean International, commencing 1 September 2021. This new position is designed to grow the University through international collaboration and to promote JCU in Singapore as a key study destination, while working closely with JCU in Australia to deliver a meaningful transnational education experience.
The role also reinforces a “OneJCU” culture that comprises of a ‘can-do’ approach that forges a firmer relationship between JCU’s Australian campuses and the campus in Singapore, while prioritising flexibility and agility.
Professor Tan-Mullins joins JCU from the University of Nottingham, having held senior leadership responsibility for the Graduate School, Global Engagement and Teaching and Learning at the Nottingham Ningbo (China) Campus. She possesses senior leadership and administrative experiences in the higher education sector that spans many different parts of the world – including China, the United Kingdom, Africa, Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia. In her past roles, she has enhanced programme and teaching quality and student experiences, and implemented innovative changes at the university level to improve efficiency, accountability and transparency in ways of working.
What’s more, she regularly participates in purposeful research, and has authored over 100 research-driven works. Her research interests lie in reducing poverty and building resilience, as well as the study of the relationships between political, economic and social factors with environmental issues. Her penchant for sustainability dovetails neatly with JCU’s commitment towards delivering meaningful teaching and research that address critical challenges facing the tropics and the natural world.
Professor Tan-Mullins said, “I am very impressed by the excellent JCU leadership team in Singapore. People is what makes a place tick and the can-do approach is a signal that JCU is a progressive and exciting institution to work in. I am thrilled to be part of this high-performing community and look forward to shaping the international strategy of JCU as a whole.”
Professor Chris Rudd OBE – Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore at JCU – said in announcing the appointment: “May is a deeply-experienced academic and research leader, and we are extremely excited to welcome her to JCU. We look forward to the immense value that she will bring, as well as her support in shaping the future of JCU.”
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