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Western Sydney University
Professor Linda Taylor joined Western Sydney University in 2014 as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). Linda joined at a critical time, when the University is looking to expand its international horizons and profile. A public policy expert with 20 years of experience working across industry, government and the education sectors, Linda brings a wealth of experience to the role.
In her previous position, as Acting Director of StudyNSW, Linda was responsible for delivering key international education initiatives for NSW, including supporting the establishment of StudyNSW, a dedicated unit created to support international education in NSW. Her focus on collaboration and building partnerships across government and the education sector underpinned her many achievements in the role.
Linda has worked in innovation and industry policy development and program delivery for NSW Trade & Investment. She led the Easy Access IP pilot program which brought cross-disciplinary research teams together with business to solve industry challenges. From 2007 – 2012 she managed the NSW Government's India and Middle East Desks, building networks internationally to attract investment to NSW. Earlier roles included policy development in government, and experience in the not-for-profit and consulting sectors.
In 2012, Linda was the recipient of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, where she conducted research on industry-research collaboration and commercialisation. As part of the research, Linda met with over 40 universities, businesses, research foundations and government agencies in India, Germany and the UK to find where innovation meets industry to make a difference and apply the lessons in Australia.
She holds a number of qualifications, including a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, Master of Public Administration (with Merit) from the University of Sydney, and Diplomas in project management, international marketing and women's studies.
Throughout her career, Linda has remained committed to working with people and organisations that value innovation and collaboration, and to facilitating global partnerships between industry, government and the education sector which create economic value and public good.
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