Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)
Professor Joe F Chicharo
Professor Joe Chicharo was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) in October 2008 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) during April 2010. His portfolio takes leadership responsibility for the full spectrum of international activity at the University of Wollongong ranging from on-shore international student recruitment, off-shore program development and partnerships as well as facilitating strategic academic alliances that serve to underpin the University’s outreach at the international level.
Professor Chicharo joined the University of Wollongong in 1985 as a Lecturer within the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. Prior to this appointment Professor Chicharo spent ten years working in the steel industry (BHP) firstly as a degree Trainee and subsequently as an Electrical Engineer and Senior Engineer. He has a distinguished academic and research track record having published over 200 refereed papers in prestigious journals and conferences. His research contributions are well cited and he has been the recipient of a number of best paper prizes such as by the IEEE. Professor Chicharo has been highly successful in attracting nationally competitive research grants as well as substantial industry sponsorship for research work at UOW. He continues to be an active researcher and supervisor of HDR students.
Whilst at the University of Wollongong, Professor Chicharo served as the Dean of Informatics (2003-2008), Head of the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (2002-2003), Research Director of the CRC for Smart Internet Technology (2000-2002), Managing Director of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Research (TITR) Institute (1999-2001) and Director of the Switched Networks Research Centre (1995-1998) amongst other roles.
Professor Chicharo has also served as the inaugural President of the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communication Technology. He served as the Chair of the Mathematical, Information and Computing Sciences (Cluster 5), Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 assessment exercise. He was Chair of the Australian Research Council - Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences Panel (2005-2007). He served as an Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Circuits and Systems, Part II (1998-2000). He is the External Examiner for the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree programs in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Communication Engineering and Computer and Information Technology at the University of Hong Kong since 2004.
Professor Chicharo has had a long term interest with international academic collaboration. He has established a number of highly successful off-shore educational programs and research activities during his term as Dean of the Faculty of Informatics. He holds a number of Adjunct/Honorary Professorial appointments at various Universities overseas where he continues to maintain active collaboration in his area of research interest.
Awards & Rankings
- Rank in the Top 2% of universities in the world.
- Globally ranked as one of Australia's best modern universities
- 5 Star Rating
- Top 100 in the world for global graduates
UOW at a Glance
- 30,516 students enrolled
- 11,440 international students
- 1,942 full time staff
- 9 campuses
- 19 research strengths
- 470 degrees