A Scholar and notable plant physiologist H Deep Saini, 60, has been appointed the next Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra in Australia. At present, Saini, is serving as the Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga campus in Canada. He will succeed Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker in September, 2016.
Speaking on the appointment, Saini said he was thrilled to be appointed the University's Vice-Chancellor at such a fantastic time for the institution, "I am both humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to lead an institution with so much grit and promise at such a critical juncture in its evolution. I look forward to the next phase of the University of Canberra's transformation as a global leader in mission- oriented education and problem-solving research with a solid intellectual core".
Chancellor and Chair of the University Council Tom Calma said, “Saini’s outstanding academic pedigree and international experience will be key to delivering their vision to be recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions”.
Saini completed his doctorate in plant physiology from the University of Adelaide and undergraduate and master's degrees at the Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India. Saini has received a number of honours including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.