Professor Beena Giridharan

Professor Beena Giridharan is the Dean for Learning and Teaching at Curtin Malaysia, and provides academic leadership to Curtin Malaysia, with a particular focus on academic operational efficiency. Her research and academic interests include: vocabulary acquisition in ESL, educational administration and leadership; higher education practices, transnational education (TNE), ethno-linguistic studies in indigenous communities, and social and cultural studies. As a member of an OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching, Australia) funded project entitled ‘Learning without Borders’ she has investigated leadership roles in Trans-National Education (TNE) and internationalization of the curriculum.

Beena Giridharan is a Fellow of the Curtin Academy, a prestigious active, honorary network of exceptional leaders committed to and passionate about the collaboration and dissemination of teaching excellence at Curtin University. Beena Giridharan is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) since 2006. Beena Giridharan won the 2006 Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching, and the 2006 Curtin University, Australia, Excellence in Teaching and Innovation award, and was a visiting professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA between 2007- 2008. She is a recognized global leader in higher education and is appointed as Country Director (Malaysia) for International Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL- USA). Professor Giridharan is a research supervisor at Curtin University with successful PhD and MPhil graduates, and continues to supervise PhD and MPhil students in a number of Higher education, and social and cultural studies areas. Professor Giridharan is an associate editor for the IAFOR Journal of Education, and Journal of Literature and Librarianship, USA, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education.

Her publications include a book on Vocabulary Acquisition Patterns in Adult Tertiary (ESL) Learners (2013), an international handbook on Transnational Education: Leadership in transnational education and internationalization of curriculum (2012), several book chapters, publications in journals, and refereed conferences. She is often invited as keynote speaker and plenary speaker at a number of higher education conferences regionally, and internationally.

Selected publications

Giridharan, B. (2020). Learning for a Sustainable Future: Developing key competencies. Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning – ( Ed.Patrick Blessinger) Emerald Group Publishing. .

Giridharan, B. (2020). Understanding the Academic Discourse and its Latent Associations with English Language Proficienc. In B. Montoneri (Ed.), Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism: Case Studies from Universities around the World (Chapter 7). USA: Lexington Books.

Giridharan, B. (2020). Education Research and Scholarship in an Intercultural Context: An instance of Interpretation, Induction and Deduction in Emerging Methods and Paradigms in Scholarship and Education Research. ( Eds. Ling, L & Ling.P). IGI Global: Pennsylvania.

Giridharan, B.( 2021).  Giridharan, B. ( 2021).Can industrial revolution 4.0 increase access and equity to HE in S.E Asia? Policy Brief, Emerald Open Research, DOI: 10.35241/emeraldopenres.1114916.1

Mosharrof Hosen, Samuel Ogbeibu, Beena Giridharan, Tat-Huei Cham, Weng Marc Lim, Justin Paul, (2021). Individual motivation and social media influence on student knowledge sharing and learning performance: Evidence from an emerging economy,Computers & Education,Volume 172,2021,104262,ISSN 0360-1315,

Shoesmith, W., Chua, S.H., Giridharan, B. et al (2022)  Development of a scale to measure shared decision making in situations that may involve more than two people. Patient Education and Counseling,  S0738-3991(22)00005-2 10.1016/j.pec.2022.01.005

Shoesmith, W., Chua, S.H., Giridharan, Bet al. ( 2020). Creation of consensus recommendations for collaborative practice in the Malaysian psychiatric system: a modified Delphi study. Int J Ment Health Syst 14, 45 (2020).

Kelly, A., Bennett, D., Giridharan, B., & Rosenwax, L. (2020). Post-Degree Intentions of Female International Undergraduate Students Studying in Malaysia: A Qualittive Study. Journal of International Students10(1), 145-158.

Shoesmith, W., Borhanuddin, A.F., Pereira, E., Nordin. N., Giridharan, B., Forman, D., & Fyfe,. S (2020). Barriers and Enablers to Collaboration in the Mental Health System in Sabah, Malaysia: Towards a theory of Collaboration. BJPsych Open.


Giridharan, B. and Ling, Peter. ( 2019). Transnational education: Developing graduates in Malaysia for a globalized world. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Research. 1(1): 37-44(2019)

Alison Kelly, Dawn Bennett, Beena Giridharan & Lorna Rosenwax ( 2018). Study experiences and the post-study intentions of female international undergraduate students, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Vol 38, No 2 ( 2018).

Syafitri Hidayati, Bibi Aminah Abdul Ghani, Beena Giridharan, Mohd Zafri Hassan, F. Merlin Franco( 2018). Using Ethnotaxonomy to Assess Traditional Knowledge and Language Vitality: A Case Study with the Vaie People of Sarawak, Malaysia, Ethnobiology Letters, Vol 9, No 2(2018), pages 33-47.

Wendy Diana Shoesmith, Awang Faisal Bin Faisal Borhanuddin, Pauline Yong, Ahmad Faris Abdullah, Norhayati Nordin, Beena Giridharan, Dawn Forman and Sue Fyfe ( 2018). Reactions to symptoms of mental disorder and help seeking in Sabah, Malaysia, International Journal of Social Psychiatry,Vol 64, Issue 1, pages 49-55.  

Giridharan, Beena, Ling, Peter and Mazzolini, Margaret ( 2015). Transnational Education in Malaysia: Does it Prepare Graduates for a Globalized World? ASEAN Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Vol 8, No. 1. December 2015, p22-38. ISSN: 1985-5826

Main institution
Dean- Office of Learning and Teaching
Other affiliation
Country Director- Malaysia