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Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive, University of London Worldwide

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) provides strategic direction and leadership for the delivery of the University of London’s 100+ online, blended and flexible programmes around the world, as well as focusing on the development of new programmes, such as the Global MBA and the new online BSc Computer Science degree delivered through Coursera.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Mary Stiasny

Throughout her career, Professor Mary Stiasny OBE has worked to deliver and promote quality accessible education across the world. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), she has responsibility for over 50,000 students studying in 180 countries worldwide, as well as the 1.4 million learners enrolled on the University of London’s MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Prior to becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Stiasny provided strategic direction and leadership at the Institute of Education, in her capacity as Pro-Director with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and International.

Professor Stiasny began her career in higher education at Goldsmiths College, where she was involved in initial teacher education, becoming Director of PGCE and Deputy Head of the Department of Educational Studies. This was followed by a move to Oxford Brookes University, where she was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Education. After her time at Oxford Brookes, she returned to London, to become Head of the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich. Professor Stiasny then spent four years at the British Council as Director of Education and Training before joining the Institute of Education.

Professor Stiasny’s practical and strategic experience in educations spans across a wide range of roles, including providing consultancy for a number of education projects that have attracted external funding, and as an external examiner.