UTM principal and U of T VP Deep Saini is leaving UTM effective August 31 to begin a new role as vice-chancellor of Australia’s University of Canberra in September.

As announced on Wednesday, Saini has been appointed as the university’s fifth vice-chancellor located in Bruce, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia. He has held his current role at U of T since 2010 and was reappointed last year after undergoing a five-year review.

“Much of what I am today was shaped during my doctoral studies in Australia,” said Saini in the University of Canberra’s announcement. “My wife and I started our shared journey here. It is a privilege to now return to serve the country where it all began and to which I owe the crucial formative steps of an exceptionally rewarding career.”

According to Nicolle Wahl, UTM’s assistant director, communications (digital), nominations will be open until March 22 to appoint U of T’s interim VP and principal of UTM. Nominations will also soon be collected to assemble an advisory committee responsible for the evaluation and recommendation of potential candidates to fill the role after Saini leaves.