About UTS College Sri Lanka

UTS College programs are offered in 8 countries around the world and help to transform the lives of over 4,000 students from 75 different countries every year. With our help, these students develop skills, confidence and credentials to prepare them for successful study at university.

We offer leading academic English programs, UTS Foundation Studies and higher education diplomas that are designed with UTS entry requirements in mind. Each year, over 90% of our diploma graduates achieve the marks they need to enter a UTS bachelor degree. 

Our people share a deep commitment to supporting students to achieve their academic and career goals. We believe that any student with the potential to succeed at UTS should have every opportunity to get there. Our mission is to provide these opportunities and to bring university success within reach of more people around the world. 

Board of Directors

Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy

Managing Director
BA (Hons), MAICD

Mr Murphy has been with UTS College for close to 30 years, having worked in education and marketing roles, and from late 2007, in the role of Managing Director. His background is in linguistics, philosophy and Indonesian and Malayan Studies. He has a keen interest in people, intercultural communication, ethics and the role of education in expanding opportunities for individuals and society in general.

During his time with UTS College, he has focussed on working with the fantastic staff to expand and diversify the student population, extend delivery of UTS College courses transnationally through partnerships and invest in improving learning and the student experience, which has led to better outcomes for College students and higher percentages of students articulating from UTS College to UTS. Sponsorships and scholarship initiatives have also grown; they include humanitarian scholarships, the UTS Indigenous Strategy and the UTS College South East Aboriginal Arts Initiative.

He looks forward to the next phase of development for UTS College, which includes investment in people development, further improvement to the quality and innovation of learning and teaching, and working more closely and innovatively with UTS. The UTS College Diversity and Inclusion program will be further developed and include greater commitment to our engagement with First Australians, which will be underpinned by a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Mr Murphy is a Director of College Education International Pty Limited and College (Shanghai) Limited.

He has been a member of The Ethics Centre since 1997 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Wood

John Wood

John was the Chief Executive Officer at Navitas, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Edith Cowan University and previously the Foundation Professor and Dean of the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Perth, Western Australia where he was also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

He graduated with first class honours in Economics from the University of Western Australia and from Oxford with a Doctorate in Economics and has undertaken Harvard's Executive Education Programme. He has taught at universities throughout the world, including at Oxford, the American International University of Europe and Stanford.

John has held executive leadership positions including in the Office of the Prime Minister and in State Government in the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Transport, Employment and Training, State Development and Commerce and Trade. He also held senior private sector positions, including a period as Chief Economist and Strategist with Ernst & Young.

John has authored two books, edited 115 on the Routledge series on great economists and co-edited another 30 on Leading Management thinkers.

In April 2011, he was appointed by the State and Federal Ministers to the Australian Qualifications Framework Council. John has served on numerous board and also served as WA Chairperson of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, chaired Perth Education City and was on the HBF Board for 11 years.

Peter Harris

Peter Harris

Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO)

Peter leads UTS College Market and Business Development strategy as part of the leadership team. As Chief Business Development Officer, he is responsible for all marketing, student recruitment, transnational education (TNE) partnerships, and product and business development. He is supported by Sydney staff and teams in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Malaysia.

He has overseen the expansion of the TNE program and established partnerships and wholly-owned colleges in countries throughout Asia to build capacity and increase access for students in their home country.

Peter sits on the Boards of UTS College subsidiaries in Australia, China and Sri Lanka and management boards of all TNE partnerships.

Prior to joining UTS College, Peter worked across a range of sectors and roles from professional adviser with Deloitte, founding a tech start-up and successful advertising and marketing agencies.

His not-for-profit experience includes appointments to the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), a charity focussing on the health of our oceans, as well as volunteer work in mental health and mentoring for purpose start-ups.

Peter is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Nathan Patrick

Nathan Patrick

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Nathan was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Company Secretary of College Limited in 2010.

As CFO/Company Secretary he is responsible for UTS College's Finance and Governance activities. The Governance portfolio includes the Program Management Office (PMO), campus planning, risk management, compliance (including liaising with regulators), offshore legal entities, legal and Company Secretariat. 

During the previous 30 years, he held senior financial, management and governance positions in the professional services, manufacturing and construction industries in Australia and Asia.

His career includes 15 years in diverse roles in 'Big 4' accounting firms and five years as the Chief Operating Officer of a law firm.

He is on the management committee of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools. He is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, and of the Corporate and Legal Issues Committee of The Governance Institute of Australia.

Nathan is a Fellow of the following organisations: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand; The Governance Institute of Australia; The Australian Institute of Company Directors; and, the UK Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.