Chief Executive Officer and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Malaysia)

Malaysia (MY)
14 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Southampton
Chief Executive Officer and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Malaysia), University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC)

The University of Southampton has an international reputation for excellence in research, enterprise and education. We are already known as a founding member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities, and feature in the top one per cent of global universities*. Our partnerships and collaborations across the globe enable us to influence governments, businesses and individuals to make a real impact on society’s biggest challenges.

Our Malaysia campus, located in Educity Iskandar, is already well established as offering premier undergraduate degrees in engineering.  We enable students to obtain a unique ‘Southampton’ education in Malaysia with two years of study in Malaysia followed by two years of study in the UK.  At the next development phase of USMC, we have ambitious plans to introduce a wider discipline range and have initiated a transformational partnership approach, where the Malaysia campus will become our ‘ASEAN hub’ supported by strong ‘spokes’ in Malaysia and beyond. 

On the return of the existing CEO to the University of Southampton, we are looking to appoint an outstanding leader who can take USMC through to the next stage in its transformation. This unique role represents a tremendous opportunity to join one of the world’s leading universities and build new, strong relationships across the Asia Pacific region on behalf of the University of Southampton.

Reporting to the Vice-President (International) and the Board of USMC, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the campus. He/she will provide strategic leadership, while remaining close to the operation, and will ensure the campus delivers against its targets in alignment with the University’s international strategy. There is a substantial representational dimension to the role; the appointee will be the face of the University of Southampton locally and will play a key role in building and strengthening relationships with external stakeholders. The appointee will also be a member of the University’s International Executive Group.

The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding personal academic achievement and professorial title. A track-record of translating strategy into action and delivering against objectives, along with exposure to international higher education is essential. Superb networking, influencing and negotiation skills will be critical, as will substantial experience of budget and people management. Candidates must demonstrate resilience and determination as well as a natural respect for others and well-honed cultural sensitivity. Knowledge of wider Asia, SE Asia and Australasia would be an advantage. 

For further information and a confidential discussion about this position please contact Kerry Shepherd 0203 714 3477 or Sacha Trimbee 0203 457 4556 at Minerva.

For further details on the role, please visit To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to by midnight GMT on 13 October, 2017.

Candidates will be invited to attend a preliminary interview with Minerva between late September and end of October. Following a short-listing meeting of the selection panel in mid-November, successful candidates will be invited to visit the Malaysia Campus in late November. Final interviews with the selection panel will be held at the University of Southampton in early December. 

*QS World Rankings 2017/18