Vice-Chancellor and Presidentís Welcome Message
|The University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter HÝj|
Welcome to The University of Queensland, where excellence is nurtured, pursued and celebrated as we work to create positive change for a better world.
Outstanding students, staff and alumni, cross-sectoral partners, imaginative teaching, and supporters in government, industry and philanthropy have all combined to position The University of Queensland in the top echelons of the world’s universities.
Today, global rankings affirm UQ’s distinction among more than 10,000 universities worldwide. We are well within the top 100 of the main rankings – QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities, US News Best Global Universities Rankings, and Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers of World Universities – and in the top 50 on several of those.
The independent national assessment of research quality, Excellence in Research for Australia, rated 95 per cent of UQ’s broad fields of research as above, or well above, world standard, with 55 per cent receiving the highest rating – well above world standard.
UQ’s innovators have made genuinely life-changing advances. For instance, tens of millions of women and girls have been protected against cervical cancer by the UQ-invented Gardasil® vaccine, radar technology developed at UQ that supports safety and productivity is used at mine sites in 19 countries, most of the world’s MRI machines use UQ technology, and the University’s Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is estimated to have reached more than four million children and their families.
It is clear that exceptional partners and allies are instrumental in taking the benefits of UQ innovations to people all over the world. UQ is proud to collaborate with research institutions and industry in 49 countries around the world, with partners such as Boeing, Merck, Pfizer, Novartis, Leo Pharma, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Baosteel, the World Bank, the Global Environment Fund, and The Dow Chemical Company (a partnership that led to UQ being the first university outside North America to host a Dow Centre). These widespread industry connections and links with top global universities enable almost a quarter of all UQ undergraduate students to engage in some form of international experience.
Our alumni community of more than 232,000 graduates, including more than 12,000 PhDs, continues to grow and become more awe-inspiring. UQ alumni make up a community that includes Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty; Reserve Bank of Australia Board Members Catherine Tanna and Kathryn Fagg; Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey; "triple crown of acting" recipient Geoffrey Rush; Australia’s first female Governor-General Quentin Bryce; UN expert member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples Megan Davis; The Dow Chemical Company’s President, Chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris; and Mark Hutchinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Europe. When you consider the extraordinary range, diversity and sheer achievement of our distinguished alumni, it’s clear that "create change" really is what The University of Queensland is all about.
To the great advantage of current students, UQ has received 114 Australian awards for teaching, more than any other university nationwide, and we have more than 160 members of Australia’s learned academies. The combined strengths of teaching and research create a distinctive learning environment for our students from more than 140 countries and a diversity of backgrounds. With a range of scholarships and support for students to pursue international, academic and engagement opportunities, UQ welcomes students with the academic ability and aspirations to gain an outstanding education.
Our 50,000-plus students are engaged in more than 400 programs that foster curiosity, critical thinking, innovation and professional skills. When they graduate, UQ students are highly sought after. Graduate Careers Australia’s 2015 Graduate Survey found more than 73 per cent of UQ Australian bachelor degree graduates available for full-time work had secured full-time employment within four months of completing courses, comparing favourably to the national average of 68.8 per cent. The survey also found UQ graduates likely to earn starting salaries well above the Australian average.
UQ’s academic and career opportunities are balanced with a campus lifestyle that is second to none in Australia, with a great array of sporting, cultural and social choices.
When used cleverly, we know that technology can enhance the on-campus experience. We will continue deploying information gained from our membership of the edX Massive Open Online Courses consortium to benefit the campus community, not to mention thousands of students around the world, many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity for a UQ experience. Enrolments in our UQx-branded edX courses now stand at 640,000.
All these elements – outstanding teaching, scholarships, support, flexibility and choice in programs, and extra-curricular benefits – come together to create a transformational student experience.
Our students are the emerging leaders who will help shape tomorrow’s world and create change.
Generations of students, staff and alumni have built our reputation, and I am confident that UQ people of today and tomorrow will add to this reputation in the future.
The strength of our reputation will not only benefit future students, but also the boundless global community that will gain from UQ’s knowledge leadership.