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Cambridge University Appoint Canadian Vice-chancellor

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Cambridge university have chosen a Canadian expert in international law to become the next vice-chancellor after undertaking a global search for a leader that can navigate the challenges facing higher education post-Brexit.

Professor Stephen Toope, who is a director of the University of Toronto's Munk school of global affairs, will replace Sir Leszek Borysiewicz in October next year, after being approved by the university's governing body.

Mr Toope will be taking over one of the highest profile jobs in higher education at a time when many institutions are facing uncertainty surrounding the UK's decision to leave the European Union, as well as a number of other changes in relation to funding and regulation.

In addition, it will be expected that Cambridge builds upon its international reputation amid tougher competition in the higher education market, particular from emerging institutions in Asia and established universities in the US.

Cambridge fell out of the top three universities worldwide earlier this month, with the QS world university rankings placing the historic institution fourth, the first time the university has been outside the top three for 12 years.

Meanwhile close rivals Oxford were named as the best university in the world by rankings provided by Times Higher Education, with Cambridge again coming fourth.

Prof Stephen Toope, is a scholar specialising in human rights, international dispute resolution, environmental law and the use of force and was previously vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

On his appointment to the role he said: "I am thrilled to be returning to this great university. I look forward to working with staff and students in the pursuit of academic excellence and tremendous international engagement – the very mark of Cambridge."