Mr Vimal Subramanian

Mr Vimal Subramanian
B.Eng (Mechanical Engineering), MBA (Knowledge Management)

International Strategy Officer

Mr Vimal Subramanian
Mr Vimal Subramanian

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 274103
The University of Aberdeen Directorate of Planning, University Office, King's College, ABERDEEN, AB24 3FX


Mr Vimal Subramanian provides counsel to the Vice-Principal for International Partnerships on Internationalisation strategy, policy and global engagement and supports Transnational education (TNE) projects and strategic partnerships.

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Vimal has over 15 years of experience in International Education, Development and Trade. As an Internationalist in UK Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE), he has spent much of his time travelling across China, India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Russia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Prior to joining the University, he was with Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) working at the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai, India advising the British Deputy High Commissioner for South India on Education and Health. He has also worked at University of Derby and Vision West Nottinghamshire College in East Midlands leading/managing International student recruitment before moving from private sector. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu, India and an MBA in Knowledge Management from the University of South Wales (formerly University of Wales, Newport, United Kingdom).

Memberships and Affiliations


Administration of

  • Transnational education (TNE) project boards ( Qatar Campus - AFG College with the University of Aberdeen and new project boards)
  • Joint Aberdeen Curtin Alliance steering committee (ASC) and Aberdeen Curtin Alliance project board
  • International Study Centre Governance committees on Academic, Operations, Recruitment and Marketing 
  • Blended Learning Implementation (BLITFG) on Internationalisation 

Administrator to the

Aberdeen correspondent to the

Business Continuity Coordinator for Directorate of Planning and member of the 
  • Resilience Advisory Group (Advisory Group on Business Continuity & Resilience)


  • Internationalisation strategy committee (2014 -2016)
  • Member of regional area interest groups for China, Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and Middle East. (2014 -2016)

Member of 

  • BUILA: British Universities International Liaison Association.
  • Asia Network of the Universities UK International
  • Scottish Universities International Group (SUIG)
  • ACU Internationalisation Community (Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU))
  • Worldwide Energy University Network (WEUN)

Research Overview


  • Internationalisation in higher education
  • International partnerships, global alliances and Transnational education (TNE)
  • Public diplomacy and soft power
  • Knowledge management and social knowledge creation
  • Systems thinking, complexity management and chaos theory
  • Online distance learning, digital innovations and learner analytics