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Collaboration in action

Exploring how fire spreads in a microgravity

The Spacecraft Fire Experiment, known as Saffire, is a series of experiments on board the CYGNUS-Spacecraft that is investigating the way fire spreads in microgravity. Funded by the European Space Agency, UQ's School of Civil Engineering has been involved in the project, along with the University of Edinburgh (UK), the University of Bremen (Germany), Pierre and Marie Curie University (France), and Moscow State University (Russia). A spacecraft fire is one of the greatest crew safety concerns for NASA and the international space exploration community, and Saffire seeks to answer two key questions: will an upward spreading flame continue to grow, and what fabrics and materials will catch fire?

Rapid treatment option for Ebola patients

A cost-effective post-exposure treatment for people infected with the Ebola virus has been developed by an international team of researchers. Led by UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience’s Professor Alexander Khromykh and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute’s Professor Andreas Suhrbier, the research is a significant advance on the way we think about responding to urgent disease threats, and could be applied to the treatment of other infectious diseases. The study included researchers from the State Centre for Virology and Biotechnology (Russia), the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), and Claude Bernard University (France).

Innovative engineering puts trees out to sea

UQ's School of Civil Engineering is involved in ongoing research with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology around floating forests – a mega breakwater and windbreaker designed to protect Australia's coastline from increasingly strong waves and winds. Ultimately, the research will drive advances in very large floating structure technology, hydroelasticity, nanotechnology, and concrete technology. The worsening impact of waves and winds on Australia's coastline is an effect of climate change, and the results of this research will have global implications. The structural, material, and foundational solution is being led by Professor Chien Ming Wang, UQ's Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Chair Professor of Structural Engineering.

The future of brain imaging technology

Researchers from the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) and Spanish medical technology company Oncovision are partnering to increase the accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and accuracy of brain tumour imaging. Funded by the Australian Research Council, and involving Valencia-based research institute I3M, the project has developed an integrated head coil capable of better image resolution and higher sensitivity than existing devices. Ultimately, the research – which is focused on magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography (MRI-PET) – will assist in new methods for predicting tumour progression. CAI is a strategic initiative of UQ, and reflects growth in biotechnology and biomedical research requiring spectroscopic and imaging research capabilities.

Collaborating for good gut health

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) arthritis and Crohn's disease (CD) are common immune diseases that affect spine joints and the gut respectively. It's likely that genes not only play a major role in determining the risk of developing these diseases, but also cause them through interaction with environmental factors. Collaboration between the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI), the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and University of Palermo (Italy) is testing this hypothesis by profiling gut bacteria in patients with the diseases and in healthy subjects. UQDI has identified more than 26 genes involved in the development of AS in the past decade, with lead researcher on the project, UQDI Professor Mark Morrison involved in several grants surrounding gastro intestinal research.

Reclaiming lost ground

Car parking is persistent urban problem. Considering new trends in land-use and transport, including car-sharing and automated vehicles, important questions are arising around the redesign and reuse of urban space. Policy makers need a new evidence base and toolkit to determine how best to repurpose the space currently accommodating private motor vehicles, so that cities can be made more attractive, more efficient, and more liveable. Through collaboration with Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), researchers from UQ's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences are exploring the question: does parking supply affect travel demand, car ownership, and ultimately, urban quality of life?

Student mobility

Student exchange

UQ has a thriving student exchange program with exchange partners across Europe, including Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In the past 5 years, more than 1,530 UQ students studied in Europe and more than 1,580 European students studied at UQ under these exchange agreements.

Austrian partnership tackles international crime

UQ and the University of Vienna offer law students from both universities the chance to investigate transnational organised crime. The 2016 course focused on migrant trafficking, with students exploring a range of topics from organ removal to extraterritorial application of smuggling offences. The course is coordinated by UQ School of Law Professor Andreas Schloenhardt and co-convened by University of Vienna criminal law Professor Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf, who was recently made an Honorary Professor at UQ.

Study abroad without leaving home

UQ students can now learn from leading international academics and forge cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and friendships online. In early 2017, UQ began the Virtual Exchange Program, giving students the opportunity to gain credit by undertaking online courses from a range of international institutions. The collaboration involves 8 leading international universities including the University of Edinburgh (UK), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). The program is perfect for students who aren't able to travel abroad for a full semester, but who want to engage with cutting-edge tertiary education delivery models.

Master of Global Management

The Master of Global Management is designed to prepare graduates for an international business career. The program builds the skills and experience needed to become a business leader in today’s highly connected, multicultural world. The two-year postgraduate double degree is run in conjunction with five leading business schools in Finland, Italy, France, Norway, and Canada. Students spend the first year studying at UQ Business School, and the second year studying overseas at one of UQ's partner institutions.

Alumni

Almost 7,000 alumni live in Europe. Alumni from or living in the region include:

Alumni

Croatia

Australian Ambassador to Croatia (Graduate Certificate in International Relations)
Russia

Australian Ambassador to Russia (Bachelor of Arts [Hons] 1987, Doctor of Letters honoris causa 2013)
Poland

Australian Ambassador to Poland (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics)
Norway

Speed skating Olympic gold medal winner, and Founder of Right to Play (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2000)
Slovak Republic

Program Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Rotary Peace Fellow alumni (Class VII) (Master of International Studies 2010)
Ukraine

Australian Ambassador to Ukraine (Master of International Relations and Asian Politics, Bachelor of Arts [Hons])

Staff

More than 480 academic staff were born in Europe. Senior staff (born outside showcase countries Denmark, France, Germany and the UK) include:

Staff

Fast facts

Europe region

Flag of Albania

Albania

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Andorra

Andorra

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Austria

Austria

Students: 25
Academic staff: 8
Alumni: 199
Co-publications: 78
Project collaborations: 4
Agreements: 6
Trips: 72

Flag of Belarus

Belarus

Students: 2
Academic staff: 2
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 4
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

Flag of Belgium

Belgium

Students: 7
Academic staff: 4
Alumni: 38
Co-publications: 141
Project collaborations: 6
Agreements: 5
Trips: 23

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 3
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 10
Co-publications: 6
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Croatia

Croatia

Students: 1
Academic staff: 3
Alumni: 4
Co-publications: 17
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 2

Flag of Cyprus

Cyprus

Students: 1
Academic staff: 2
Alumni: 13
Co-publications: 9
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 17

Flag of Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Students: 4
Academic staff: 4
Alumni: 118
Co-publications: 36
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 3
Trips: 13

Flag of Denmark

Denmark

Students: 44
Academic staff: 8
Alumni: 352
Co-publications: 135
Project collaborations: 7
Agreements: 9
Trips: 37

Flag of Estonia

Estonia

Students: 3
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 2
Co-publications: 25
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Finland

Finland

Students: 7
Academic staff: 3
Alumni: 49
Co-publications: 72
Project collaborations: 2
Agreements: 4
Trips: 16

Flag of France

France

Students: 71
Academic staff: 51
Alumni: 719
Co-publications: 272
Project collaborations: 11
Agreements: 28
Trips: 113

Flag of Germany

Germany

Students: 86
Academic staff: 93
Alumni: 1345
Co-publications: 388
Project collaborations: 29
Agreements: 38
Trips: 186

Flag of Greece

Greece

Students: 2
Academic staff: 7
Alumni: 10
Co-publications: 47
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 2
Trips: 34

Flag of Hungary

Hungary

Students: 3
Academic staff: 5
Alumni: 7
Co-publications: 16
Project collaborations: 2
Agreements: 0
Trips: 17

Flag of Iceland

Iceland

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 5
Co-publications: 22
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Ireland

Ireland

Students: 3
Academic staff: 15
Alumni: 174
Co-publications: 68
Project collaborations: 3
Agreements: 5
Trips: 38

Flag of Italy

Italy

Students: 40
Academic staff: 28
Alumni: 200
Co-publications: 224
Project collaborations: 3
Agreements: 8
Trips: 131

Flag of Latvia

Latvia

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 2
Co-publications: 4
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Lithuania

Lithuania

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 3
Co-publications: 4
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 11
Co-publications: 13
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Macedonia

Macedonia (FYROM)

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Malta

Malta

Students: 1
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 2
Co-publications: 3
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 3

Flag of Moldova

Moldova

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Monaco

Monaco

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Montenegro

Montenegro

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 6
Co-publications: 16
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

Flag of the Netherlands

The Netherlands

Students: 16
Academic staff: 31
Alumni: 195
Co-publications: 312
Project collaborations: 13
Agreements: 12
Trips: 57

Flag of Norway

Norway

Students: 144
Academic staff: 3
Alumni: 722
Co-publications: 92
Project collaborations: 3
Agreements: 14
Trips: 19

Flag of Poland

Poland

Students: 9
Academic staff: 17
Alumni: 35
Co-publications: 39
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 3
Trips: 13

Flag of Portugal

Portugal

Students: 9
Academic staff: 5
Alumni: 23
Co-publications: 48
Project collaborations: 2
Agreements: 1
Trips: 11

Flag of Romania

Romania

Students: 0
Academic staff: 3
Alumni: 3
Co-publications: 15
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 4

Flag of Russia

Russia

Students: 32
Academic staff: 13
Alumni: 43
Co-publications: 26
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 2
Trips: 8

Flag of San Marino

San Marino

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Serbia

Serbia

Students: 0
Academic staff: 7
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

Flag of Slovak Republic

Slovak Republic

Students: 1
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 11
Co-publications: 14
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

Flag of Slovenia

Slovenia

Students: 0
Academic staff: 4
Alumni: 3
Co-publications: 12
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 3

Flag of Spain

Spain

Students: 17
Academic staff: 17
Alumni: 130
Co-publications: 224
Project collaborations: 9
Agreements: 10
Trips: 57

Flag of Sweden

Sweden

Students: 13
Academic staff: 12
Alumni: 300
Co-publications: 168
Project collaborations: 13
Agreements: 9
Trips: 39

Flag of Switzerland

Switzerland

Students: 12
Academic staff: 15
Alumni: 147
Co-publications: 220
Project collaborations: 12
Agreements: 5
Trips: 62

Flag of Ukraine

Ukraine

Students: 8
Academic staff: 8
Alumni: 5
Co-publications: 8
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Students: 59
Academic staff: 210
Alumni: 1962
Co-publications: 869
Project collaborations: 75
Agreements: 27
Trips: 338

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Fast facts based on 2016 full year data.