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New Chair of GHEAR Global Challenge

18 December 2015


Pro Vice-Chancellor

[Joe Berger, left, and Nick Lieven]

Professor Joe Berger is the new Chair of the Global Higher Education & Research Global Challenge (GHEAR) to take effect from 1 October 2015, taking over from the University of Bristol's Nick Lieven. Nick, now Pro Vice-Chancellor for International and Strategy, played an instrumental role in bringing the GHEAR Global Challenge to the point it is today. Most recently, he represented WUN at the OECD Higher Education Forum in Singapore on 14-15 October.

Professor Berger is Associate Dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a highly distinguished education leader with global interests in postsecondary educational leadership and organizational development. Most recently, his work is focused on improving tertiary educational systems and institutions in high need international contexts such as Egypt, Malawi, China, the Philippines, Russia, and Afghanistan.

Of the appointment, WUN Chief Executive John Hearn thanked Nick Lieven for his contribution and said “Joe Berger brings new perspectives and wide experience to WUN. We are glad to welcome him to a leading role in the development of our Global Challenges program”.