A Special Message from The University of Queensland

Staff and representatives of the University of Queensland (UQ) have been saddened by the recent attacks on Indian students in Australia. This special broadcast is issued to re-affirm UQ’s commitment to the wellbeing of its Indian students.

On June 9, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Greenfield, made a statement regarding the matter - ‘The contribution of international students to the life of UQ is immense and it is very important for every student to feel safe and valued.  In all our activities, equity and diversity are embedded in our culture and under no circumstances will we tolerate discrimination or violence against international students, or for that matter any member of the University community.’ The full statement can be read in the current issue of The Link, found below.

The safety and security of students is very important to UQ. A comprehensive service strategy for the safety of students is provided across all campuses. This includes:

  • security call-points in strategic locations
  • security patrols 24 hours a day
  • all hours emergency phone number for immediate security response
  • safety bus services
  • advice on safety off-campus

Security services are complemented by the University’s UniSafe program. UniSafe is a personal safety awareness program that promotes a culture of awareness and community care. Information on UniSafe is available at http://www.uq.edu.au/unisafe/about-unisafe.html

Information on security services is available in the Guide for International Students: http://www.uq.edu.au/international-guide/personal-safety

In addition to this UQ also offers services in many other areas to promote students' wellbeing. The Student Services Unit can help with accommodation, career and personal counselling, learning support services and disability, illness and injury services.  More information is available at http://www.uq.edu.au/student-services/

If you would like to find out more about life at the University several UQ Indian staff and students have volunteered to answer questions. To ensure enquiries are not directed to one person only please choose the most appropriate person in relation to your study area. If your study area is not included below please feel free to email any contact.

Faculty of Science
Dr Sureshkumar Balasubramanian - Academic
Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Satyamurthy Anuradha - Academic
Richa Singhania - PhD Scholar
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Dr. Aparna Hebbani - Academic
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Kirti Mishra - Student
A/Prof Pradip Thomas
Dr Ravi Pappu - Academic
Student Exchange
Vineeth Krishnan
UQ Exchange Student from Manipal University
Kunal Mehra - MBA Alumnus (Currently in India)

Kasper's Update

Michael Kasprowicz is the University of Queensland's Goodwill Ambassador to India.

As a cricketer I have realized the power of perception and how it can amazingly be so far from the truth. The thousands of people in the crowd along with the millions watching on televisions around the world each are forming an opinion not only of me as a player but also of me as a person and it is this perceived perception that can be so hard to control.

A sportsman, teacher even politician is instantly categorized, good or bad, based on our expectation of their industry or even their peers. I have found this occurrence incredible and its simple power to form a damaging perception of something that is often so untrue.

Recently there have been some attacks on Indian students in Melbourne which has attracted some intense media scrutiny especially in India. We all know of the power of the press but the size of media in India has the unique ability to change perception instantly.

I was appalled at the attacks and not making light of the situation but felt that I had to write about how safe Australia really is. I also wanted to reassure prospective students of how enjoyable life as an overseas student can be in Australia.

I have personally spoken to several Indian students and, whilst I already knew their response, it was pleasing to hear that they love their university life at UQ. Immediately they spoke of the safety and the wonderful experience that they were having around my home city, Brisbane. There was an appreciation of a strong tolerance of the many diverse cultures living in Brisbane.

Brisbane is my home and I would hate to think that any Indian student missed out on a great life experience of study at a fantastic place like UQ. So I hope that you can form your own perception of studying at UQ and agree that it will be the best decision of your life.

Michael was also recently interviewed by the local media in Brisbane regarding the recent attacks on Indian students in Melbourne. Click here to read more.

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Ask the Student: What’s life at UQ and Brisbane really like?

Mouna NeelakantaMouna Neelakanta, from Bangalore is studying the Bachelor of Engineering at UQ.

I am an International student from India and I am currently studying software engineering at the University of Queensland. Personally, safety and security are the most important issues when one is travelling abroad.

From my experience, the University of Queensland is a very safe and friendly place to study. At the outset, the University and the local students welcome International students wholeheartedly. There are students from various nations and ethnicity and it is a great cultural exchange.

When I have to stay late at the University for sports or projects, there are always safety buses that drop me off anywhere in campus so I don’t have to travel alone. There are 24 hours security services on campus and emergency telephones to contact the security, and are installed at many places around campus. These, with many more services offered by the University makes the campuses very safe places.

Furthermore, Brisbane is a pretty safe place to live in with Security/Police Officers patrolling the commercial areas and public transport throughout the night. 

UQ is a very friendly and warm campus that treats all students with equal dignity. It is an amazing experience and I enjoy every moment of it. 

Click here to read more student testimonials

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International Cricket Matches to be held at UQ in June and July

The UQ Cricket Club (UQCC) with the generous support of UQ Sport and UQ's Property & Facilities, is hosting a number of international cricket matches towards the end of June and throughout July at the WEP Harris Oval.
The international teams visiting UQ are from India, Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand as well as the Indian provincial team from Maharashtra.

Match Details

Australian Institute of Sport vs Maharashtra XI
Maharashtra is the state that Mumbai is in that plays in the Elite division of the Ranji Trophy. They are the equivalent of a state team playing in the Sheffield Shield in Australia. The club is hosting 4 matches commencing from 9 am - 4 pm and they will be played on:

Monday, 29 June 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009

The UQCC team is hoping to play them as well on 2 July in a Twenty20 game

Pakistan A
The senior Pakistan A team is playing Australia A in matches in early to mid-July.  They will be training at UQ on the WEP Harris Oval on the following days  - all training sessions are from 1 pm to 4 pm:
Wednesday, 8 July 2009   
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Emerging Players Tournament
UQCC is then hosting 5 matches for the Emerging Players Tournament (the national cricket academies or institutes of sport will represent their countries in this tournament).  All these matches are from 9am to 4:30pm on the WEP Harris Oval.  The matches are:
Friday, 24 July 2009           India vs New Zealand
Sunday, 26 July 2009         Australia vs New Zealand
Wed, 29 July 2009              Australia vs India
Thurs, 30 July 2009            Australia vs South Africa
Saturday, 1 August 2009   Final 3 vs 4 play-off

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The publication reports on a wide range of University activities including research developments, higher education issues, policies, staff and student events, community services and entertainment.

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UQ's Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield's address to all students on 9 June 2009

Professor Paul GreenfieldIn light of recent media reports regarding attacks on international students in Australia, I am writing to re-affirm the University’s commitment to the safety and security of all students and staff. The University is currently home to students from over 110 countries around the globe who have chosen UQ to further their education. We deeply value the trust that international students and their families have put in the University, and we are saddened by the recent attacks in Melbourne on students from India. We wish to express in the strongest way possible our respect for the individual dignity of each and every student at UQ. We proudly acknowledge that international students bring to us a rich panoply of cultures that enriches our community. The contribution of international students to the life of UQ is immense and it is very important for every student to feel safe and valued.  In all our activities, equity and diversity is embedded in our culture and under no circumstances will we tolerate discrimination or violence against international students, or for that matter any member of the University community.
It is important for students to be aware that all UQ campuses are patrolled by security staff 24-hours-a-day and there are security call points in many locations on every campus. An emergency phone number (3365 3333) is effective all hours for an immediate security response.
I encourage you to familiarise yourself with information regarding personal safety and security available in the online Guide for International Students: http://www.uq.edu.au/international-guide/personal-safety. You can also contact an International Student Advisor with any concerns you have about safety, security or harassment at: http://www.uq.edu.au/student-services/Contact+us.
The University has strict anti-racism policies and strongly disapproves of all forms of racial discrimination. For more information on UQ’s commitment to valuing diversity and policies regarding racism, please visit this website: http://www.uq.edu.au/about/?page=5292.

Please be reassured that the welfare and safety of all students are of paramount importance to the University, and at this time we especially encourage Australian students to reach out and make our international students feel welcome and valued at UQ.

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Last updated 17 June 2009