Personal details

Professor Scott Sheppard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Development)
Division of International and Development,
International and Development - DVC Office
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Bachelor of Arts Modern Asian Studies (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Chair – International Strategy Committee
  • Chair – International Leaders’ Group
  • Chair-The Confucius Institute at QUT
  • Chair – Universities Australia DVC International Executive Committee
  • Member – International Education and Training Advisory Council – Queensland
  • Member – ATN DVC International Group
  • Member – Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Member – QUT’s senior executive and sits on a number of University committees


Scott Sheppard is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) at QUT. 
He leads the University’s international and development activities and his portfolio includes:

  • Alumni and Development
  • The Confucius Institute at QUT
  • QUT International
  • QUT International College
  • QUT Precincts.

In his career, Scott has held leadership roles across government and the education and training sector. 
A former Diplomat for Australia, Scott has lived and worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai for more than 10 years. 

  • 2006 – 2008: Minister-Counsellor (Education, Science and Training) – Australian Embassy Beijing. Scott was responsible for Australia’s education and science relationship with the People’s Republic of China, maintaining and developing Australia’s largest bilateral education relationship.
  • 2003 – 2005: Executive Director – QUT International
  • 2003: Awarded a Centenary Medal for services to international relations
  • 1998 – 2002: Queensland Commissioner to China, based in Shanghai
  • 1992 – 1996: Consul Economic of the Australian Consulate General in Hong Kong.

He has studied at:

  • Taiwan Normal University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Griffith University (Modern Asian Studies)
  • ANU (International Law).  
This information has been contributed by Professor Scott Sheppard.


  • Minister-Counsellor (Education and Science) – Australian Embassy Beijing
  • Executive Director – QUT International
  • Director – Queensland Education and Training International, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government
  • Commissioner – Queensland Government Trade and Investment Office Shanghai, China
  • Consul Economic – Australian Consulate General Hong Kong
  • Executive Officer – Gulf War Task Force, DFAT, Canberra
  • China Analyst – Department of Defence, Canberra
  • Purchasing Officer – Peko Wallsend, Brisbane.
This information has been contributed by Professor Scott Sheppard.