KNOWLEDGE LEADERSHIP FOR A BETTER WORLD
FROM THE PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR PETER HØJ
This is an exhilarating time to be involved with one of the world’s top 100 universities. It is a time of opportunity, as institutions such as The University of Queensland (UQ) are privileged with the capacity to harness the talent of a borderless community, and transform challenges into benefits for individuals and societies. By fostering leadership, creating and applying knowledge, and working with some of the best in education, research, private industry, philanthropy, government and non-government circles, we can be co-designers and co-authors of the global future. We have demonstrated that we can do this. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding and deeply compassionate people to develop knowledge leadership for a better world. Our successes are embodied in 210,000-plus graduates in more than 150 countries, and in the countless people who have benefited from UQ innovations including the globally adopted cervical cancer vaccine, magnetic resonance imaging technology, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, mine safety technology, and coral reef conservation initiatives. We are positioned to build on this record of success because we have excellent
foundations and outstanding partners who share UQ’s zest for positive outcomes. The foundations I speak of include a commitment to our students’ success and their desirability to employers; a network of high-calibre alumni; world-class research; and UQ’s global connectedness. From this platform I am convinced that UQ can – indeed must – do better. We should continually strive to internationalise and improve the learning experience, to earn employers’ high regard for our graduates, and to boost the impact of UQ research. In recent years we have ascended all major global university rankings, to be uniformly in the top 100 overall and in the global top 20 for several key subjects. Such results reflect not only on UQ’s staff, alumni and students, but also on our partners. Increasingly, UQ’s aim is not simply to reciprocate the rewards that our partners bring to us, but to magnify and return them many times over. It is indeed a privilege to work with such exemplary people and organisations, and I invite you to join them and UQ in our joint transformational enterprise.
UQ FAST FACTS Name
The University of Queensland
December 10, 1909 (signing of the University Act)
Mr John Story
President and Vice-Chancellor
Professor Peter Høj
2013 Global Rankings
#85 Academic Ranking of World Universities
Sites and centres
UQ operates 47 sites throughout Queensland, including hospitals, and two marine research stations.
Major research institutes
– Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
11,475 from more than 142 countries
More than 210,000 (total since 1911)
More than 11,000
Staff (full-time equivalent)
More than 7,000
– Sustainable Minerals Institute
– UQ Diamantina Institute
$368 million (2012)
– Global Change Institute – Institute for Molecular Bioscience – Institute for Social Science Research
#43 QS World University Ranking
– Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
#63 Times Higher Education Ranking
– Queensland Brain Institute
#14 The Economist’s Global MBA Campuses
St Lucia, Ipswich, Gatton, Herston
– Business, Economics and Law – Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology – Health and Behavioural Sciences – Humanities and Social Sciences – Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
619, covering 757,338 m2 (gross floor area) and holding 522 teaching rooms and 1588 laboratories
15, with 2 million volumes
11, catering for Australian and international students
Statistics are accurate as at January 2014 and monetary amounts are in Australian dollars.
OVER A CENTURY OF
EXCELLENCE Learning, discovery and engagement are the pillars on which The University of Queensland has built an impressive reputation as one of the world’s top universities.
For more than a century, UQ has made vital contributions to Australia and the world through its relentless pursuit of academic excellence, research translation and innovation, and its passion for contemporary social relevance. Leading independent rankings consistently place UQ in the top 100 universities globally with outstanding scores in the QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and Academic Ranking of World Universities. UQ Business School’s MBA is consistently amongst the best in the world, and at 14 in The Economist’s global MBA rankings for 2013 – the only Asia Pacific university in the top 15.
Recognised as an international leader in tertiary education and research, UQ is one of only three Australian members of the Universitas 21 global network of research-intensive universities; a member of the Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities; and a member of the MIT and Harvard founded edX consortium that is revolutionising access to tertiary education worldwide. UQ attracts students with global leadership potential. It enrols the majority of Queensland’s top school leavers, has one of the largest postgraduate communities in Australia, and is among the nation’s top three universities for PhD completions. Relationships extending across disciplines, cultures, industries and nations are pivotal to UQ’s success. Partnerships with international organisations such as the Gates Foundation, World Bank, Templeton Foundation, Merck, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, The Dow Chemical Company, Rio Tinto, Baosteel, Vale, Google, Boeing and The Atlantic Philanthropies support UQ in developing graduates and research outcomes that contribute to communities worldwide.
OUR PEOPLE AND
IMPACT Outstanding results across international rankings bolster UQ’s ability to attract the best and brightest students – providing them with the inspiration and support to achieve their aspirations and fulfil their potential.
UQ graduates are highly sought after with employment rates well above the Australian average, according to the independent Graduate Careers Australia Survey. UQ’s students are positively impacting on society by undertaking projects through organisations such as World Vision, UN Youth Australia and Wild Mob, which improve the quality of life for people in need and support environmental programs. Many UQ students also generously volunteer their time as mentors with schemes such as the alumni-supported UQ Young Achievers Program, assisting secondary school students from diverse backgrounds to transition to life at university and achieve their goals. A network of more than 210,000 alumni is one of UQ’s greatest assets. This prestigious community includes a Nobel laureate, nearly 100 Rhodes Scholars, CEOs and board members of
Fortune 500 companies, an Academy Award winner, a double Grammy winner, and noted leaders in government, law, science, community service, sport, commerce, and the arts. Over the decades, they have made an invaluable contribution to the global community as thought leaders and role models. UQ’s academic and professional staff are dedicated to achieving at the highest levels across teaching and learning, research, and community engagement. Our professional staff include many industry leaders and achievers who have chosen to join UQ in order to make a genuine difference within their community. UQ’s research community excels in quality and impact, contributing solutions to some of the great challenges of our time. Much of this work has been facilitated through cooperative ventures with business and industry, professional groups, government and research partners, and the generous assistance of community benefactors. These relationships include formal partnerships with international universities and agencies, research collaborations and student and staff exchanges.
Opposite page: Professor Ian Frazer, the researcher behind the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil®; Far left: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Julia Hocking studies how the brain functions in people with severe epilepsy; Left: Bachelor of Agricultural Science student Phil-Anthony Patane conducting research at the Gatton campus
BUILT ON PHILANTHROPY Established in 1909, UQ opened its doors in 1911 in the former residence of the Queensland Governor, with 83 students studying in the faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering, and is now at the forefront of the state’s nine universities.
Construction of the main St Lucia campus began in 1937 on a 114-hectare site along the Brisbane River. Purchase of the property, just kilometres from Brisbane city centre, was made possible by a substantial donation from one of the institution’s first and most significant benefactors, Dr James O’Neil Mayne and his sister Miss Mary Emelia Mayne. The generosity and foresight of Dr Mayne, a former superintendent of the Brisbane General Hospital, set a precedent for partnerships with Australian and international benefactors. He is recognised in bronze above the University’s foundation stone. More recently, The Atlantic Philanthropies contributed in excess of $100 million to support the establishment of new research facilities, and to house UQ’s nationally significant art museum.
UQ now has teaching and research sites throughout Queensland, with campuses at St Lucia, Gatton, Herston, and Ipswich. UQ enriches its curriculum with exceptional resources and hands-on learning experiences. These are provided through facilities that include health and medical clinical schools in rural and metropolitan areas, veterinary clinics, a facility for endangered native wildlife, an equine hospital, marine research stations on the Great Barrier Reef and in Moreton Bay, and agricultural research and development sites. Gatton, UQ’s rural campus, offers state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in agriculture, the environment, and veterinary and animal sciences, while the Ipswich campus, established on a heritage site, focuses on teaching, research and clinical activity in the health sciences. UQ’s main health and medicine campus is close to the Brisbane CBD at Herston, and incorporates Australia’s newest and most advanced specialist oral health centre. The Herston campus is alongside the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. UQ is a partner in the Translational Research Institute, a collaborative research entity in a state-of-the art building substantially funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Australian and Queensland governments. The Translational Research Institute is the first facility of its kind in Australia enabling co-location of discovery, production, testing and manufacturing of new treatments and vaccines.
Opposite page: Aerial view of the St Lucia campus, Brisbane; Far left: the Forgan Smith Building, on which construction began in 1937; Left: interior of the zero emission Global Change Institute Building, partly funded by philanthropy, which opened in 2013
EDUCATING LEADERS Teaching and learning is core business at UQ, and more than 46,000 students are engaged in over 400 degree programs designed to nurture curiosity, critical thinking, innovation and to develop professional skills.
Innovative outreach, such as involvement in the edX consortium, complements the UQ learning journey, and opens doors to a global audience. With a range of scholarships and support for students to pursue international, academic and engagement opportunities, UQ welcomes students with the ability and ambition to make the most of outstanding educational opportunities. Undergraduate students can realise their leadership potential by participating in a wide variety of programs including internships and volunteering, and can receive a UQ Advantage Award that recognises a range of cocurricular achievements. This UQ Advantage Award received the inaugural award for Excellence in International Education Delivery at the 2013 Lord Mayors Business Awards.
Postgraduate students also benefit from an innovative learning culture, supported by many scholarships and professional development programs. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT), a research communication competition developed by UQ, adopted globally and hosted in at least 170 higher education institutions and in over 17 countries, challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes to a non-specialist audience. The Social Economic Engagement Program provides MBA students with the opportunity to develop their leadership capability and engage in an active learning environment with direct benefit to not-for-profit organisations. UQ has received over 90 nationally competitive awards for teaching, more than any other university, and more than 100 current staff and associates have been inducted into Australiaâ€™s four learned academies. Educational programs and the student experience are enhanced by the Universityâ€™s world-class research facilities, international collaborations and industry links. A number of programs are delivered via state-of-the-art e-learning facilities, and in purpose built teaching and research spaces, such as the Advanced Engineering Building, the Global Change Institute zero emission building, and the Centre for Advanced Imaging. The combined strengths of UQâ€™s programs, teaching, research, and world-class facilities create the UQ Advantage. Opposite page: Charter members of the global edX consortium; Far left: Research in the School of Earth Sciences examining mangroves near the Brisbane river; Left: 2013 UQ winner of the Three Minute Thesis, PhD student Michael Thai
NURTURING GLOBAL CITIZENS The integrated strengths of teaching and research create a distinctive learning environment for students from over 130 nations, contributing to a rich multicultural on-campus community.
In addition, through linkages with universities around the globe, students can study in more than 40 countries to develop international perspectives and networks. These partnerships enable 17 per cent of UQ students to undertake overseas experiences during their studies, often with the support of a UQ travel scholarship. International internship opportunities are also available with global partners, such as the Latin American embassies, ANZ Indonesia, Austrade Paris, and Disney. UQ is committed to demonstrating leadership in Indigenous knowledge and practice. Its goal is to improve tertiary education access, participation and success for Australian Indigenous students through a variety of programs and scholarships, while building greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture and contributions. Each year, UQ welcomes hundreds of Indigenous high school students to its campuses to experience university life.
Programs include the Indigenous Youth Sports Program, the InspireU Engineering Summer Experience camp supported by Rio Tinto and the Yalari Horizons Indigenous leadership camp. As part of the new generation of tertiary educators, UQ is one of only two Australian universities in the prestigious edX consortium, a not-for-profit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. edX offers massive open online courses (MOOCs), enabling millions of people around the world to access courses taught by some of the world’s leading universities. Drawing on its global leadership in education, psychology and neuroscience, UQ now hosts the only Australian Research Council-funded Science of Learning Centre. Designed to improve understanding of human learning processes, the centre will tap into the vast data associated with edX, possibly spurring a revolution in personalised education. The UQ Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education is a valuable resource with more than 100 academic, government and community partners in 15 countries. Its on-campus English language entry program and customised offshore training and consultancy programs benefit more than 6,900 students from over 50 nations.
Opposite page: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Bachelor of Engineering graduate and Young Queenslander of the Year, has received accolades for her humanitarian work; Far left: Dr Mark Nielsen of the School of Psychology observes learning behaviour with San Bushman communities in southern Africa; Left: Dr Jason Tangen and Dr Matthew Thompson interview Professor Ian Frazer for Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking – UQ’s first first edX course which saw over 80,000 people from all over the globe enrol.
A VIBRANT COMMUNITY A rewarding academic program supported by a vibrant campus lifestyle enriches the student experience at UQ.
The main St Lucia campus is one of Australia’s largest and most attractive, located on the banks of the picturesque Brisbane River. The campus has grown into a thriving community with 10 of the 11 residential colleges located at St Lucia, and boasts expansive landscaped grounds, three lakes, an aquatic centre named after alumnus and double Olympic gold medallist David Theile, tennis courts, eight athletics ovals, and facilities for elite rowing; plus cafés, banking facilities and shops. UQ has a number of cultural assets that are open to the public including museums, a cinema and theatre. The R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum contains a leading collection of classical Mediterranean antiquities, the UQ Art Museum holds the second largest public art collection in the state, and the Anthropology Museum houses a significant collection of ethnographic material,
with a focus on Australian Aboriginal culture. The Schonell Theatre screens art house, Australian and foreign films and hosts live performances. Some 190 clubs and societies offer a colourful program of activities including regular artistic performances, public lectures, sporting and social events. Philanthropy has played an important role in the development of UQ’s world-class infrastructure, establishing state-of-theart teaching and learning spaces that set new standards for both industry and academia. The specialist research institutes are a flagship and align closely with the University’s strategic priorities, helping to attract a growing international community of scientists, social scientists and engineers. UQ’s investment in major infrastructure ensures its students and staff have access to cutting-edge facilities and leading technologies. Facilities include modern laboratories and auditoriums fitted with advanced equipment and instrumentation, and a world-class library and e-learning resources. This rich, holistic experience provides all students with a broad, internationally relevant education, and life membership of a strong and vibrant global alumni community.
Opposite page: UQ Orientation Market Day, St Lucia; Far left: a student works with horses at UQ’s world-class Equine Precinct at the Gatton campus; Left: Students in the UQ Antiquities Museum
LEARNING: SPORT AT UQ Since UQ’s early days, sport has played an integral role in university life and today’s students, staff and alumni have access to a wide range of clubs and facilities.
The St Lucia campus features a world-class athletics centre, 21 tennis courts, 10 sporting fields, a modern aquatic centre with an Olympic-length pool, a three-level gymnasium and the multi-purpose indoor UQ Centre. Those based at UQ’s Gatton and Ipswich campuses also have access to modern sporting facilities including an indoor sports hall, a swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis and squash courts. Students and the community can participate in more than 30 sporting clubs, 60 group fitness classes per week, short courses, social sports and inter-varsity competitions. UQ is also committed to investing in the future of young athletes and has amongst the highest number of sporting scholarship recipients and total available funds of any university in Australia.
Scholarship holders receive financial assistance and academic support, including flexibility with assessment when they have conflicting sporting commitments. UQ has graduated many outstanding athletes who have represented Australia and other nations around the world. More than 100 students or alumni have competed in the Olympics or Paralympics, beginning with swimming silver medalist Nancy Welsh (Lyons) in 1948 through to UQ’s most recent Winter Olympian Michelle Steele who represented Australia at Sochi in 2014. Other notable athletes include Olympic swimmers Dr David Theile, Kieren Perkins, Susie O’Neill and Melanie Schlanger, Paralympian Brenden Hall, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist in speed skating Johann Koss as well as legendary Australian rugby union players John Eales, James Horwill and Dr Mark Loane.
Opposite page: the 2013 King’s College versus St Leo’s rugby match; Far left: Winter Olympian and alumna Michelle Steele on the track at UQ St Lucia; Left: UQ Gatton pool
CREATING A BETTER WORLD UQ is one of Australia’s premier research and research training institutions.
Emboldened by a record of success and the prospect of contributing answers to the world’s greatest challenges, UQ people are aiming to deliver benefits to society and the environment worldwide. The Federal Government’s 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise confirmed The University of Queensland as one of the nation’s top three universities, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of specialised research fields. ERA reported that research at UQ is well above world standard in more specialised fields than at any other Australian University: this reflects UQ’s leading global role in many areas of discovery.
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Partnerships take many forms, including joint research and development centres, licencing deals, scholarships, internships, graduate employment programs and philanthropic foundations.
Among other things, UQ has joint laboratories with Chinese institutions in China and Brisbane, and is one of the world’s top 35 universities for co-publications with China. The Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre, hosted by UQ is the giant steel company’s first venture of its type outside China. In addition, the Dow Chemical Company and UQ established the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, the first of its kind outside North America. UQ’s linkages with people and organisations in Australia and globally have a multitude of beneficiaries, leading to products and services that make an impact for people in Queensland and around the world. Some highlights of UQ translated research include the life-saving Gardasil® cervical cancer vaccine that is approved for use in more than 120 countries and expected to save 250,000 lives annually; the Triple P Positive Parenting program that has reached more than seven million children and their families in 25 countries; GroundProbe® mine-safety technology used by some of the world’s largest mining companies; and Marxan conservation planning software used to support the design of marine and terrestrial reserves, used in more than 100 countries.
Opposite page: Research at UQ’s Australian Institute for Biotechnology and Nanotechnology (AIBN); Far left: GroundProbe® technology used by some of the world’s largest mining companies; Left: UQ’s Triple P Positive Parenting program has helped parents around the world deal with everything from toddler tantrums to teenage rebellion
TRANSFORMATIONAL RESEARCH UQ has identified 30 key research strengths, covering a broad spectrum of endeavour, from fundamental, curiositydriven work that builds base knowledge, to applied research and innovation with direct relevance to industry and communities.
In partnership with government, industry and community, UQ operates eight internationally recognised research institutes and over 100 research hubs that enable UQ to tackle significant global challenges. These complement the core capabilities in UQ’s six faculties, and demonstrate the contribution high-quality research makes to economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing. More than 100 UQ staff and associates are members of Australia’s four learned Academies. In 2013, five UQ scientists were among 20 new Australian Academy of Science Fellows. The prestigious fellowships are reserved for people who have made outstanding contributions to science, and UQ’s new members reflect a breadth of science endeavour across UQ. In the same year, UQ academics and alumni comprised more than a quarter
of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering’s new fellows. ATSE fellowships recognise Australia’s leading minds in technology and engineering, and are awarded to people who apply technology in smart, strategic ways for social, environmental and economic benefit. Combined research strengths and academic leadership have delivered significant economic, social and environmental benefits, aiding UQ in attracting substantial funding and other support. UQ aims to double its research income from non-government sources between 2013 and 2020. Achievement of this target will bolster the delivery of tangible outcomes for global society.
Opposite page: exploring Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef using specialised underwater robots; Far left: Dr Claudia Vickers is making a synthetic form of the volatile chemical limonene, found naturally in lemons, which could in future become a renewable, clean source of aviation fuel; Left: Professor Paul Colditz is working on imaging of preterm babies’ brains to enhance early diagnosis of brain impairment
EXCELLENCE-PLUS UQ ranks first among Australian universities for licence income, value of equity holdings and invention disclosures, new Australian patents, and active start-up companies.
UQ’s main commercialisation company, UniQuest Pty Ltd, benchmarks in the top 10 per cent globally for university-based technology transfer. UniQuest is Australia’s largest university-owned development company, and has a particular impact in developing nations where it works with organisations such as Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations. It has contributed to more than 450 Australian development assistance projects in almost 80 countries. The company engages with industry and investors, pairing UQ’s innovation and expertise with business and community needs. Since 2000, more than A$450 million has been raised to take university technologies to market, and products incorporating
UniQuest-licensed UQ innovations generated gross sales of more than US$10 billion for the period 2007-2013. From a portfolio of more than 1,500 patents, UniQuest has formed more than 60 start-up companies and has a pipeline of drug candidates in clinical development, including pain treatments in Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials with start-up companies Spinifex Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd and QRxPharma Limited, respectively. UQ shares resource-specific expertise and technologies with global industry through technology transfer company, JKTech Pty Ltd. JKTech delivers products and services in mine cost estimating, geometallurgical and risk management, as well as consulting on sustainability and social responsibility. JKTech was awarded the Minerals and Energy Award for Education and Training at the 2013 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, and has offices in Chile and a state-of-the-art training centre in South Africa. Its G-MIRM training is a required risk management competency for mine managers in Queensland.
Opposite page: Professor Paul Meredith applies his scientific knowledge to help solve the world’s energy and climate change problems; Far left: Agricultural science student performing research at the Gatton campus; Left: The Centre for Hypersonics conducts research into flight at hypersonic speeds
INTERNATIONAL RELEVANCE UQ has a global leadership role, and understands the importance of relationships between industry, alumni, and academia.
Mutually advantageous partnerships are pivotal in building capacity to support UQ’s work, by helping to develop solutions to some of the biggest global challenges in areas including health care, food security, climate change and renewable energy. Today, UQ enjoys significant support from alumni and industry champions who are connecting with students and fellow alumni to share the bonds of the UQ experience and strengthen the University. Through volunteering, advocacy, and philanthropy, alumni have helped to enrich student life, promote global cooperation and understanding, and develop leaders. Deep and mutually beneficial partnerships – such as those with multinational companies Merck, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, the Dow Chemical Company, Rio Tinto, Baosteel and Vale – are helping to build capacity for UQ to deliver impact to society through the establishment of research collaborations, academic
programs, endowed chairs and industry-funded scholarship schemes. The University of Queensland in North America opened in Washington, DC in 2011, with strategic objectives to further research collaboration outcomes, facilitate education partnerships, and increase staff and student mobility between UQ and the USA and Canada. The University of Queensland in North America also provides support to UQ’s alumni and community engagement and philanthropic endeavours in North America. UQ has more than 80 agreements and partnerships with universities and North American corporations and organisations – including the University of California system, the World Bank, The Gates Foundation, and the Boeing Corporation. A new UQ base in Jakarta will be a platform for deepening and broadening links throughout Indonesia and the rapidly developing Asia Pacific region. UQ will be co-located with the Queensland government’s Trade and Investment Queensland Centre. The Queensland Government Export Award for Education and Training, awarded to UQ in 2013, demonstrates the longstanding engagement between the University and Indonesia. The engagement and commitment of alumni and supporters continues to elevate UQ, providing the freedom to pursue an ambitious vision.
Opposite page: UQ Union Cultural Fiesta; Far left: UQ academic and donor to the Anthropology Museum Lesley Bryant, with works from the collection; Left: Students from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences have travelled to Vietnam in past years to work with disabled children
ALUMNI MAKING A DIFFERENCE Many distinguished UQ alumni have reached the pinnacle of success and their collective impact is immense.
Their reputations, wisdom and support are helping UQ provide the teaching and learning, discovery and innovation that are improving the lives of people worldwide. The list of celebrated alumni includes Nobel laureate Peter Doherty; High Court of Australia judge Patrick Keane; Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush; double Grammy Award winner Tim Munro; Australiaâ€™s first female Governor-General Quentin Bryce; Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley and Governor-designate Paul de Jersey; award winning author David Malouf; former Wallabies captain John Eales; Reserve Bank of Australia Board members Catherine Tanna and Kathryn Fagg; Dean of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco Sam Hawgood; CEO of GE China Mark Hutchinson; Head of the Global Value Team at First Eagle Funds Matthew McLennan; former Chief Operating
Officer of DuPont Richard Goodmanson; and President, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company Andrew Liveris, the first non-American to chair the United States Business Council. Andrew Liveris is also the Chairman of the UQ in America Foundation Board. Each year this influential group grows and annual Alumni of the Year Awards acknowledge outstanding achievers. Recent winners include Aboriginal singer-songwriter Kev Carmody, whose hit From Little Things Big Things Grow has become an anthem for reconciliation; International Alumnus of the Year Dr Ana Charles, who resides in Mozambique and works to prevent paediatric HIV and AIDS; special educator Jean Calder AO, who has dedicated her life to disabled children in the Middle East; and AdĂ¨le Green, who was among the first to identify the skin cancer epidemic in Australia. Young Alumnus of the Year in 2012, Professor Mark Kendall from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, was one of only five international recipients in 2012 of a prestigious Rolex Laureate recognising his pioneering efforts to expand knowledge and improve human life. The award was bestowed for the development of the Nanopatch, a needle-free vaccine delivery device, currently being manufactured under licence in the USA.
Opposite page: Flautist and double Grammy Award winner Tim Munro; Far left: Dr Ana Charles accepting her International Alumnus of the Year award.; Left: Alumnus Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company and Chairman of the UQ in America Foundation Board
PARTNERING FOR THE FUTURE Through a combination of philanthropy, achievement, and strategic industry and alumni partnerships, UQ has enriched its academic programs and facilities and student experience.
UQ has delivered translational research that in turn has benefited industry, government and the broader community. UQ’s capacity to contribute to society has been augmented by the generosity of passionate alumni, and champions in the community and industry. The Atlantic Philanthropies is one of UQ’s biggest supporters, donating over $100 million. This generosity enabled the leveraging of hundreds of millions of dollars that helped transform biomedical research in Australia and fund key capacity development programs in Vietnam. Strategic partnerships with blue chip companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, Rio Tinto, The Boeing Company, Newcrest Mining, Bechtel, Medtronic, Agilent Technologies, Pfizer and Merck promote and support excellence in discovery, learning and engagement.
Funded by a $10 million contribution from The Dow Chemical Company, the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation is the first facility of its kind outside the USA. The Centre promotes cutting-edge research and education around the urban energy, water and carbon nexus – one of the big sustainability challenges of the 21st century. Rio Tinto has chosen UQ to be one of only three global higher education partners, to strengthen teaching, learning and graduate employability in mining and engineering, and encourage field experts to bring their knowledge and practical skills into the classroom. The Global Change Institute (GCI), and programs such as the Young Achievers Program, and the Centre for Youth and Substance Abuse Research, would not be possible without visionary alumni philanthropists such as Graeme Wood and Andrew and Jennifer Brice. UQ’s commitment to academic excellence is underpinned by almost $40 million in industry-funded Chairs and substantial private donations. In 2011 and 2012, these include a fully funded Chair in Reproductive Medicine, from alumnus Professor Christopher Chen, and the first academic Chair in Classics and Ancient History, supported by alumnus Dr Paul Eliadis.
Opposite page: The Advanced Engineering Building has been designed and constructed to achieve certified 5 Star Green ratings; Far left: Professor Peter Høj, Queensland Governor Her Excellency Dr Penelope Wensley AC, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Graeme Wood AM opening the GCI Building; Left: Professor Peter Høj with Professor Christopher Chen, whose $10.5 million endowment funded the Faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences’ Chair of Reproductive Medicine
CHAPTER The University of Queensland has strong foundations on which to continue building a brighter future, by developing highimpact graduates, and undertaking research that results in widespread benefits.
UQ’s growth in capability and reputation is underpinned by purposeful strategy characterised by an overriding commitment to quality and progressive internationalisation of its learning, discovery and engagement. This strategy is enhanced by a capacity to collaborate and partner with the world’s best.
Learning programs will continue to build the UQ Advantage, fostering UQ’s reputation as a world-class centre for higher learning, strengthening the distinctiveness of the student experience, and educating and supporting the leaders of the future.
It involves the strategic application of funding to support existing and emerging priorities and to attract external support. It involves the operation of major research institutes alongside and connected to our strong teaching and research faculties, creating critical intellectual mass.
Discovery programs will focus on improving UQ’s global research leadership in key areas of national and international significance, such as energy, sustainability, water, health and social equity.
During the next decade, UQ will continue to adapt to its dynamic environment – one dominated by globalisation, disruptive educational technologies and increased competition.
Engagement initiatives will focus on contributions to global and local communities, intertwined with new and strengthened partnerships with industry, government and community organisations. In the future, UQ’s success in providing knowledge leadership for a better world will be strongly influenced by relationships with partners who share the University’s ambitions to enhance the lives of individuals and communities, to promote sustainability, and to contribute to overall global wellbeing and prosperity.
Opposite page: students in the Great Court, St Lucia campus; Far left: participants in the secondary school-based UQ Young Achievers Program; Left: New graduates facing exciting futures
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