Mr Rongyu Li, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

Areas of responsibility

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Global Engagement), Mr Li is responsible for leading the University's overall global strategy, with a particular focus on broadening UQ’s global reach and impact by enhancing the university’s engagement with a diverse range of overseas partners and prospective students, pathways, articulation and global mobility programs as well as global rankings strategy, global partnerships, international development programs and entrepreneurship.


Rongyu is an outstanding leader in the fields of international education and Higher Education administration. Prior to joining UQ, Rongyu was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Students and Partnerships) at the University of Canberra. He has also held executive leadership positions at RMIT University (Executive Director, International), Deakin University (Executive Director, Deakin International), Auckland University of Technology (Director, International) and the University of South Australia (Head of International and Marketing, Faculty of Health Sciences).

In these roles Rongyu has overseen global student recruitment and admissions, marketing and communications, transnational education programs, student support services, student administration, strategic planning, business intelligence and analysis. He has also implemented a number of transformational changes to improve the student experience, from enquiry to alumni.

Rongyu’s leadership experience in the higher education sector extends beyond those roles he held above. He has contributed significantly to international education strategies at Federal, State and local government levels as well as successfully leading the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans at institutional levels.

Rongyu was Chair (2019 – 2020) and is a current Executive member of the DVC/PVC International Group, Universities Australia. He is an Advisory Council member of Asia Society Australia and he chairs the UQ College Board. For many years, he was an Executive member of the Australian International Directors Forum (AUIDF). Rongyu was also one of the longest-serving board members of International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).

Mr Rongyu Li
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

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Room 372, Level 3,
Brian Wilson Chancellery
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia


Sharon Mathiesen
Executive Assistant

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Kate Cuddihy
Executive Officer

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