Ihorua Kōtui Tangata | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement

Dr Erik Lithander

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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement is responsible for international education and international relations, government and stakeholder engagement in New Zealand, alumni relations and development and Pacific strategy and engagement. Through his international portfolio, the DVC Strategic Engagement has oversight of the Auckland Confucius Institute and is also Chair of the New Zealand Centre at Peking University Advisory Board.

Prior to commencing this role in 2021, Dr Erik Lithander was at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, where he held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Engagement) from 2016. He was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Outreach) at the Australian National University in Canberra and Director of International Affairs at University College Dublin.

A New Zealand citizen originally from Sweden, Erik completed his undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics and holds an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He began his career in higher education at the University of Auckland in 2001.

Contact details

Dr Erik Lithander
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142
New Zealand.

Phone: +64 9 923 4799

Pip Anderson
Kaiāwhina Huarangi | Executive Assistant

Mobile:+ 64 21 774 874
Email: pip.anderson@auckland.ac.nz