University appoints new international team

The University has appointed a new vice-principal and three new deans to lead its internationalisation strategy.

Vice-Principal International, Professor Stephen Hillier

The new deans will concentrate on developing the University's activities in India, China and Europe.

They will assist the new Vice-Principal International, Professor Stephen Hillier, in implementing the University's internationalisation strategy and developing teaching and research links in their regions.

The new deans will work to build on the University's worldwide reputation, and work closely with the three colleges.

New Vice-Principal

Professor Hillier joined the University's College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine in 1985.

He is currently Director of Postgraduate Studies and International Relations for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

The role has given him extensive overseas experience and he has strong connections in China and India.

Area specialists

The three new Deans who will be assisting Professor Hillier are Professor Abhay Abhyankar, Professor Natascha Gentz and Professor Andrew Scott.

Professor Abhay Abhyankar

Professor Abhyankar will oversee the University's activities in India.

He holds the Baillie Gifford Chair of Financial Markets in the School of Business and Economics.

Prior to entering academia he was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and served in various positions in development administration.

Professor Natascha Gentz

Professor Gentz will oversee the University's activities in China.

She became Chair of Chinese in 2006 and is also Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland, which is based at the University.

Professor Andrew Scott

Professor Scott will oversee the University's activities in Europe.

He is based in the University's Law School.

He is an expert on European economic integration and has been an expert advisor to the European Commission and the Statistical Office of the EU.