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Professor of International Higher Education, UCL

Simon Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK, and a professorial associate of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.

A PhD graduate from the University of Melbourne (1996) when he was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize for excellence in the doctoral thesis. Simon’s work focuses on higher education systems and policy, especially international and global aspects of higher education. Simon was designated an Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellow in 2003. In 2014 he was the Clark Kerr Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of California, and received the Research Achievement Award at the annual conference of the U.S.-based Association for Studies in Higher Education. His most recent books are Higher Education in Vietnam (with eight co-authors, Palgrave 2014), and The Age of STEM (co-edited with Brigid Freeman and Russell Tytler, Routledge 2015).


  • 2013–present
    Professor of International Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • 2006–2013
    Professor of Higher Education, University of Melbourne
  • 1998–2006
    Professor of Education, Monash University


  • 1996 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1974 
    University of Melbourne, BA (hons)