Bachelor of Economics
Martin Sammut is a successful Ipswich businessman and philanthropist, and was the University of Queensland's Young Alumnus of the Year for 2004.
On graduation, Martin worked for an Ipswich accounting firm where he completed his Certified Practising Accountant studies and Public Practice Certificate, before establishing his own company at the age of 28, which now has more than 1800 clients.
In 1992, he and his wife Christine planned and built a local childcare centre, which now caters for more than 100 families each week.
"My studies at UQ provided the fundamental skills required to achieve in business. In addition to the theoretical knowledge learned, I acquired valuable life skills during those formative years," he said.
"I believe my studies at UQ have enabled me to think and learn independently, be self-motivated, and to develop good and lasting relationships with colleagues and clients.
"A highlight of my time at UQ was living on campus for two years at St Leo's College. This provided a great atmosphere for learning and socialising. During this period, I forged many lifetime friendships. I believe this combination of work and play created a formula for a productive and enjoyable working career.
"My proudest achievement is that Christine and I planned, created and developed our core businesses of accounting and childcare from their inception. I have used this same philosophy in my development work."