Friday, 14 August 2020 Sydney

Partner with The University of Queensland - President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj::

Since its foundation in 1911, The University of Queensland (UQ) has made significant contributions to Queensland, Australia and the world through its relentless pursuit of academic excellence, research translation and innovation, and its passion for contemporary social relevance.


Today, leading independent rankings consistently place UQ well inside the top 100 of the world’s more than 10,000 universities, with outstanding scores in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers of World Universities. In 2014, UQ was one of only 15 universities outside North America to be in the top 50 of the inaugural Best Global Universities table published by the US News and World Report.


Our outstanding results across international rankings bolster our ability to attract students with global leadership potential and to give them an edge offered by less than one per cent of the universities in the world.  UQ has received more than 90 nationally competitive awards for teaching — more than any other Australian University — and more than 130 staff (including honorary and adjunct appointments and professors emeriti) have been inducted into Australia’s four learned academies. The integrated strengths of teaching and research create a distinctive learning environment that means our students benefit from outstanding teachers and game-changing researchers who guide and instruct them at the leading edge of global knowledge.


UQ upholds students and their success as paramount and nurtures them as global citizens and ‘best fit’ employees.  Through our linkages with universities around the world, our students can study in more than 40 countries to develop international perspectives and networks that sharpen their ability to impress employers and compete for career advancement. Almost a quarter of our undergraduate students engage in an international experience of some kind, often with the support of a travel scholarship.  Approximately 220,000 graduates, including 11,500 PhDs, have applied their UQ advantage to enhance society, the environment and economies in more than 150 countries.  This network is one of UQ’s greatest assets.  It’s a prestigious community that includes Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty; Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush; Australia’s first female Governor-General, Quentin Bryce; Dow Chemical Company President, Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris; University of California San Francisco Chancellor Dr Sam Hawgood; General Electric Executive Mark Hutchinson; heart stent co-inventor Dr Gary Roubin; First Eagle Investment Management Head of Global Value Matthew McLennan ; and a host of other leaders in government, law, science, sport, commerce and the arts. Over the decades they have made invaluable contributions to the global community as knowledge leaders and role models; they show that UQ’s vision of Knowledge Leadership for a Better World is more than a vision – it is a reality.


UQ is also in the vanguard of a new generation of tertiary institutions, as one of only two Australian universities that are charter members 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 free courses taught by some of the world’s leading universities. About 210,000 students enrolled in UQ’s component of edX, UQx, in 2014.


UQ’s research community excels in quality and impact, contributing solutions to some of the great challenges of our time. Our innovators have made genuinely life-changing advances. For instance, the life-saving Gardasil® cervical cancer vaccine invented at UQ is approved for use in more than 120 countries and is expected to save 250,000 lives annually; the Triple P Positive Parenting Program has reached more than seven million children in 25 countries; GroundProbe® mine-safety technology is used by some of the world’s largest mining companies; and UQ image correction technology is used in two-thirds of the world’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.


Other innovations at earlier stages of development bear the hallmarks of future life-changers. For instance, Spinifex Pharmaceuticals Ltd, enabled by UQ research into pain treatments, has attracted $US44.5 million from a three-nation investor syndicate. And the Nanopatch ®, a needle free vaccine delivery device invented at UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, is currently being manufactured under licence in the United States. 


Much of this work has been done in collaboration with global partners. UQ is proud to partner with research institutions and industry across the globe. Our partnerships in 48 countries take many forms, including joint research and development centres, licensing deals, scholarships, internships, graduate employment programs and philanthropic foundations. We have mutually beneficial partnerships with multinational companies such as Merck, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Boeing, the Dow Chemical Company, Rio Tinto, Baosteel and Vale, as well as international philanthropic organisations such as the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, The Templeton Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies, which support UQ in developing graduates and research outcomes that contribute to communities worldwide.


UQ has joint laboratories with Chinese Institutions in Brisbane and China. The Baosteel-Australia Joint research and Development Centre 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 has a long education, research and development relationship with Rio Tinto, which includes the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Sorting within the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre.  In 2014, UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute launched an International Centre for Excellence in Chile. The partnership with the Universidad de Concepcion is funded by the Chilean government and is set to deliver demonstrable benefit to the Chilean people and its economy.


The University of Queensland in North America opened in Washington DC in 2011 to further research collaboration outcomes, facilitate education partnerships and increase staff and student mobility between UQ, the USA and Canada.  It also provides support to UQ’s alumni, community engagement and philanthropic efforts in North America.  A new UQ base opened in Jakarta in 2014, co-located with the Queensland Government’s Trade and Investment Queensland Centre.  It will be a platform for broadening links throughout Indonesia and the rapidly developing region.  


UQ’s linkages and connectivity with people and organisations in Australia and globally have a multitude of beneficiaries, leading to products and services that have real impacts on people around the world.  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. A good example is a UQ-industry partnership seeking solutions to sewerage system corrosion. The prestigious journal Science published a paper and commentary on the research, and its impact beyond academia is profound. It is likely to save the current industry partners an estimated $400-plus million in net present value over 20 years, and has won major accolades, including a Global Project Innovation Award from the International Water Association.


More than ever, UQ is converting the results of excellent research into products and services sought by industry, individuals and communities — turning excellence into what we call ‘excellence plus’.


UQ’s main commercialisation company, UniQuest Pty Ltd, is widely recognised as Australia’s most effective university-owned development company. UniQuest engages with industry and investors, pairing UQ’s innovation and expertise with business and community needs.  UniQuest has a portfolio of more than 1500 patents and has formed more than 60 start-up companies.  It has raised $500 million to take innovations to the marketplace and has generated more than $10 billion in gross product sales.  UniQuest benchmarks in the top 10 per cent globally for university-based technology transfer.


This is a time of great opportunity.  It is an exciting time to partner with a top-100 university such as UQ.  The University of Queensland is well-placed to harness the talents of a borderless community and transform challenges into benefits for individuals and societies. 


Our future will be strongly influenced by partners who share our ambitions to enhance lives. By fostering leadership, creating and applying knowledge and working with some of the best in education, research, private industry, philanthropy, government and private circles, we can be co-designers and co-authors of the global future.  It is a privilege to partner with exemplary people and organisations around the world.  I invite you to join them and UQ in our joint transformational enterprise.


Professor Peter Høj

President and Vice-Chancellor

The University of Queensland