Rhys Palmer is Acting Director, International Development at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Previous positions held include Director, Strategic Institution Relations (Greater China), Director, Confucius Institute and Associate Director, Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He has extensive experience in providing high-level strategic advice on China relations including institutional partnerships, business development, industry and government relations, student mobility, and recruitment.
Rhys was instrumental in establishing the University of Newcastle’s first China Representative Office and initiated the University’s partnership with CRCC Asia. Rhys successfully led the Confucius Institute from 2011 to 2017 and received global recognition when awarded the 2016 Confucius Institute of the Year. Previously as Associate Director, Marketing and Public Relations, he achieved year-on-year revenue growth through effective marketing, communications, and recruitment strategies and played a leading role in the highly successful and award-winning rebrand of the University.