Assistant Vice-Chancellor Engagement
Brett Berquist

Brett Berquist

Brett Berquist serves in a new role created to reflect the institutional focus on engagement in the 2030 strategic plan Tangata Tū Tangata Ora. As Amokapua | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Engagement he leads UC’s engagement, institutional advancement, and strategic partnerships at a local, national and international level. 

He brings three decades of university experience in several countries, from lecturer to department head to senior administrator. His passion is collaboratively developing and implementing strategy to help institutions address changing conditions, demographics, and objectives.

His research interests include community engagement, work integrated learning, internationalization and related government policies, outcomes of international learning mobility, quality assurance in mobility and transnational education. He is active in a number of professional associations and external reviews. He co-chaired the Global Internship Conference from 2012 to 2019.


· MA Linguistics (honours)

· BA Music and French Literature

Recent publications

Moore, A. & Berquist, B. (forthcoming). How to amplify sustainability initiatives across campus and beyond. In K. McBride & P.T. Nikula (Eds), Sustainability in Education Abroad: Forum on Education Abroad Standards in Action Series. Carlyle, PA: Forum on Education Abroad .

Crawford, P. & Berquist, B. (Eds.) (2020). Community Engagement Abroad: Perspectives and practices on service, engagement, and learning overseas. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Berquist, B. & Moore, A. (2019). Internationalization and Employability – the case of the Kiwi Overseas Experience (OE). In R. Coelen & C. Gribble (Eds.), Internationalisation and Employability in Higher Education. London: Routledge .

Berquist, B., Hall, R., Morris-Lange, S., Shields, H., Stern, V., & Tran, L. T. (2019). Global perspectives on international student employability, International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), retrieved from

Berquist, B., Moore, K., & Milano, J. (Eds.). (2018). International internships: Mission, methods & models. Boston, MA: Academic Internship Council.