ACGR Internationalisation of Graduate Research Symposium

August 2023

ACGR is delighted to announce the upcoming Internationalisation of Graduate Research Symposium! We invite you to join us for a day filled with insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and a chance to connect with fellow researchers from around the world.

This exciting event will take place on Wednesday, 25 October 2023 at 4th Floor Auditorium, Green Chemical Futures Building, Monash University, Clayton Campus.  Starting at 08:30 AM, we’ll kick off the symposium with an panel session address followed by a series of panel presentations.

Our symposium aims to explore the internationalization of graduate research, discussing its impact on academia, industry collaborations, and global research networks. Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or just starting your postgraduate journey, this event offers valuable insights and opportunities for growth.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to hear from esteemed speakers, participate in thought-provoking panel discussions, and engage in lively Q&A sessions. Additionally, there will be time for networking, allowing you to connect with colleagues, exchange ideas, and forge new collaborations.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to expand your research horizons and gain valuable knowledge in the field of international graduate research. Register now to secure your spot at the ACGR Internationalisation of Graduate Research Symposium!

The registration cost of this event is $200 +GST.

Download the full program for the day here.


Agenda: ACGR Internationalisation of Graduate Research Symposium

Wednesay, 25 October 2023

8:30am Registration
9:00am Welcome Professor Imelda Whelehan, UWA & ACGR President
Session 1 – Keynote Panel – International Graduate Research Perspectives – Issues and opportunities
Chair: Imelda Whelehan
9:15am Professor Suzanne Ortega, President, Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), USA.

Professor Justin Zobel, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate and International Research, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrčela, Chair of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education Steering Committee, Switzerland

10:45am Morning Tea
Session 2 – Developing and Supporting International Research Collaborations
Chair: Professor Justin Zobel
11:00am Associate Professor Tim Scott, Associate Dean Research, Monash University, Australia.

Professor Janet Rutledge, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Professor Ahmad Al-Own, Dean of Graduate Studies at Qatar University

12:30pm Lunch
Session 3 – Exploring International Recruitment and Support
Chair: Associate Professor Tim Scott
1:15pm Professor Fahim Quadir, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Queens University, Canada.

Professor Jocelyn DeJong, Associate Provost, American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Professor Virginia Slaughter, Incoming Dean of the Graduate School, University of Queensland, Australia.

2:45pm Afternoon tea
Session 4 – International Student Experience Structures– Strengths and Disadvantages
3:00pm Professor Michael Cunningham, Associate Provost Graduate Studies and Research, Tulane University, USA.

Professor Denise Cuthbert, Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Development and Training, RMIT, Australia

4:30pm Close

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Fahim Quadir is Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs as well as Professor of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University. Prior to Queen’s he served as the Interim Dean and Associate Vice-President Graduate in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University. The recipient of many awards and fellowships, including Fulbright, Killam, SSRC, and SSHRC, Dr. Quadir held academic positions at several other universities in the USA, Canada, and Bangladesh and has edited/co-edited five books and published extensively in various peer-reviewed journals on cosmopolitan citizenship, South-South cooperation, emerging donors, aid effectiveness, good governance, civil society, democratic consolidation, transnational social movements, human security and regional development. In 2007, he was presented with the York University-Wide Teaching Award for teaching excellence from the full-time faculty category. As recognition of his continued effort to evolve teaching and research into a transnational academic enterprise, he was given York University’s inaugural Internationalization award in 2003. He is President Elect and Vice-President for the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). Dr.  Quadir served as the chair of Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (OCGS) and is currently serving on the Board of OCGS.


Professor Jocelyn DeJong is a social scientist and professor of public health, who currently serves as Associate Provost at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon).  In the latter role, she directs the Graduate Council which is the focal entity on campus for graduate education, runs a platform for the major institutional scholarship programs and contributes to the advancement of research across the university. The Graduate Council is active in graduate student recruitment, both in Lebanon and internationally, on the graduate student experience and on the professional and career development of graduate students.  Jocelyn has been working on expanding access to higher education for refugees and led the successful grantwriting to establish a university-wide research chair and program on forced displacement.  

Jocelyn is Canadian but has worked in the Middle East and North Africa for most of her professional life.  She holds a BA magna cum laude in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (UK), and a PhD in Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London).  As an undergraduate, she did ethnographic fieldwork in the Canadian arctic among the Inuit, and for her doctoral work she did fieldwork in Jordan.  

Jocelyn worked for the Ford Foundation in Cairo as program officer for reproductive health between 1992 and 1999, covering primarily Egypt and the occupied Palestinian territories but travelling widely in the Middle East and North Africa.  Then then transitioned to academia, when she taught international development with a focus on gender and health at the University of Manchester (UK) for five years. She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut in 2005 and served as its Associate Dean from 2013 to 2021 before transitioning to her current role.  

Her research areas address women’s health and well-being, gender and population, and the impact of conflict and forced displacement on women’s and adolescents’ health.  She has conducted studies in various countries of the Middle East region, ranging from community-based to health-care institution research on a variety of topics.  She coordinated a major regional multidisciplinary research network on gender and health in the Arab countries and Turkey called the Reproductive Health Working Group for 12 years until 2019.  


Professor Justin Zobel is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International Research), in which role he oversees the University’s graduate research training and international research partnerships. In the research community, Professor Zobel is best known for his role in the development of algorithms for efficient web search and for his contributions to robust research methodologies, and is the author of three highly regarded textbooks on graduate study and research practice.






A/Prof Tim Scott received his PhD in Materials Engineering from Monash University in 2006. Upon concluding a postdoctoral research position at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he accepted a research assistant professorship within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2011, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan as a tenure-track assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor by the University of Michigan Board of Regents in 2018. He accepted a position at Monash University in 2019 and is currently Associate Dean Graduate Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Associate Professor (Research) with joint appointments in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and is an ARC Future Fellow.






Professor Suzanne Ortega serves as President of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The only U.S. higher education association devoted solely to graduate study, CGS has nearly 500 U.S. and Canadian members and 29 international affiliates. A sociologist by training, Ortega’s research focuses on social inequality, mental health, and graduate education. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the University of North Carolina Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2011–14). Previous appointments included the Executive Vice President and Provost at the university of New Mexico, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean at the University of Washington, and the University of Missouri. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Ortega’s masters and doctoral degrees in sociology were completed at Vanderbilt University. She has served on review panels for NSF and NIH, has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants totaling more than $15 million in state, federal, and private foundation funds. Ortega has served on a number of professional association boards and committees, including the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the National Academies of Science Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, and the National Science Foundation’s Human Resources Expert Panel. In addition, she is currently a board member of the American University of the Emirates, serves on Advisory Councils for the Vanderbilt University Graduate School and the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM.


Professor Imelda Whelehan is Dean of the Graduate Research School at University of Western Australia and has held similar roles at the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania. Since 2022 she has been President of the Australian Council for Graduate Research.  A feminist literature and film scholar, she is co-editor of the Oxford journal Adaptation and has published widely in the areas of feminist thought, popular culture and adaptation studies.





Professor Denise Cuthbert is the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Training and Development at RMIT. During her time in this role, she has more than doubled the size of the HDR cohort and diversified the international cohort, with both onshore and offshore (partnered  delivery). Denise is also an accomplished supervisor, with over 50 graduate completing under her supervision.




Professor Virgina Slaughter is founding Director of the Early Cognitive Development Centre within the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.  She was Head of the School of Psychology from 2013 – June 2023.  A developmental psychologist by training, Virginia’s research focuses on social and cognitive development in infants and young children.  Professor Slaughter has been recognized with several awards throughout her career, including the University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award (1999), the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award (2004), and an Australian Award for University Teaching in the category Teaching Large First Year Classes (2006).  She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Dr Ahmad Abdullah Al-Aown is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Qatar University since August 2020 .

Dr Ahmad worked as a coordinator of the Fiqh and Usul Al- Fiqh master program, a member of the Strategic Planning and Development Committee that develop and implemented the new strategic plan of the College of Sharia, he worked as chairman of the Public Relations and Media Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the College Sharia, of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Sharia, The Committee for the Development of Islamic Economics and Finance curriculum, a member of a group of committees working on the initiatives of the new strategic plan of Qatar University, chairman of the curriculum and courses committee in the Office of Graduate Studies, a member of the academic planning committee at the university level.

He also served on the Committee of The Attributes and Competencies of Qatar University Graduates as well as a member and chairman of a group of committees for the development of new programs in graduate studies, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Scientific Research in the Office of the Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, he was a member of the Selection Committee for Graduate Assistants, a member of the development and Follow-up Committee for PhD Programs in the Health Cluster.

He oversees the review, evaluation and academic quality assurance process for Graduate programs, as well as the process of evaluating learning outcomes for graduate programs at the university, follow-up and development of improvement plans, as well as work on the strategic plan for graduate studies and graduate frameworks at the university, and supervisory frameworks with Qatar university`s partner universities.

He also worked on joint committees with a group of stakeholder for Qatar University, such as Qatar Olympic Committee, Qatar Leadership Center, Jawaan Bin Jassim College of Leadership and Joint Staff, as well as served as chairman of the Committee for the Establishment of the Jawaan Bin Jassim Academy of Defense Studies of the Ministry of Defense.. In 2018 and 2019, he participated in graduate and development conferences in the United States of America organized by the CGS. He Also participated in a workshop in Atlanta on international academic accreditation at SACS-COC.

Dr. Ahmad also participated in a series of workshops and committees at Qatar University on the development of faculty, follow-up the university’s strategic plan, and review and develop the regulations for graduate studies. He has received a research grant from Georgetown Dr. Ahmad had a follow ship from Georgetown University (Centre for Regional Studies), Doha Branch, and has number of researches in a series of specialized conferences and journals.

Dr. Janet C. Rutledge has served as the vice provost for graduate education and dean of the graduate school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, since 2009. She is also a faculty member in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department. Under Rutledge’s leadership, the Graduate School at UMBC manages the full “lifecycle” of a graduate student from recruitment and admissions to progressions and graduation. The graduate student development unit has recently expanded to
include postdoctoral affairs.

Rutledge received the B.S. in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Her primary research area is modeling and compensating for the effects of sensorineural hearing loss and other communication disorders. Rutledge serves on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Program Advisory Committee and chaired the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Strengthening Connections to Postgraduate Education in the Global South. She formerly served on the CGS Board of Directors, the TOEFL Advisory Board
and the GRE Advisory Board (Chair 2017-18).