Callum Cowell took up his appointment at UWA in October 2014.
As Director I lead a dedicated team (approx. 40-70 depending on season) who provide high quality English language programs and testing services in a friendly and supportive environment at the University of Western Australia. The Centre also delivers a wide range of popular Study Tours and customised commercial programs on behalf of faculties across the University.
During my time at UWA I have also undertaken an 18-month secondment (2019-2021) leading the university’s Global Engagement Office (formerly OPVCI) sourcing, establishing and supporting diverse international linkages on behalf of The University of Western Australia.
With the COVID-19 pandemic occurring during this time, I played a leading role in the university’s proactive response establishing and expanding offshore learning centres to help mitigate the damage being caused by closed borders.
More than just connecting institutions, my work at UWA seeks to connect people and communities through shared understanding, purpose and meaning. I seek to build trust and respect among both colleagues and clients so that they want to engage and want to contribute to a broad range of our international goals.
I have worked extensively in International Higher Education & Training both in Australia and abroad. Prior to joining UWA, I was Director of International Student Recruitment for Western Australian Government Schools and TAFE Institutes (Education & Training International).
Before joining the WA Government in 2011, I spent eight years at Edith Cowan University (ECU). While at ECU I held positions of Regional Marketing Manager for two years and then Head of International Marketing for 6 years.
I worked as an English Lecturer in the Humanities Faculty of Sapporo Gukuin University (Japan) from 1995-1999 along with other sessional teaching roles at Senshu University and Sapporo Kokusai University. I am conversationally fluent in Japanese.
I hold a Bachelor of Education degree from Deakin University (formerly Victoria College – Rusden) and also undertook my postgraduate studies in Business and Tourism at Monash University.
Board Member, International Education Association of Australia