UQ and Europe

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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).

UQ leadership: Professor Peter Høj AC

UQ's people-to-people links with Denmark extend through all levels of the organisation. Professor Peter Høj AC, born in Denmark, began as Vice-Chancellor and President of UQ in October 2012. Educated at the University of Copenhagen, he has a Master of Science in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia. Group of Eight (Go8) elected Professor Høj as its Chair for 2017. He is also a member of the Medical Research Future Fund Advisory Board and the edX University Advisory Board; Co-Deputy Chair of the Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group, a Queensland Plan Ambassador; and a senior consultant to Hanban in the Oceania Region.

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.

Paris-Saclay takes research to new heights

French mega university, University of Paris-Saclay, has partnered with UQ to build on aerospace research links. The agreement extends UQ's well-established ties with Europe’s largest fundamental science agency, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It is enhanced by an association with Airbus Defence and Space, which has helped target fundamental research programs towards critical issues faced by the aerospace industry. UQ's partnership with Paris-Saclay – the first of its kind in Australia – is working on critical technologies for humankind’s continuing exploration of the solar system, and for the development of a global rapid transport network

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 partners in 18 countries across Europe. Popular European exchange destinations include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden. 

Austrian partnership tackles international crime

UQ and the University of Vienna offered 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.

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 including the University of Edinburgh (UK), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). 

Master of Global Management

The Master of Global Management is designed to prepare graduates for an international business career. 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.


More than 6840 alumni live in Europe. Alumni from or living in the region include:


Australian Ambassador to Croatia (Graduate Certificate in International Relations 2001)

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

Australian Ambassador to Poland (Bachelor of Arts 1990, Bachelor of Economics 2000)

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)

Australian Ambassador to Ukraine (Master of International Relations and Asian Politics 1999, Bachelor of Arts [Hons] 1993)

Senior Adviser, Human Rights and Development, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons) 2008)

Professor, University of Copenhagen (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1992)

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Europe (Bachelor of Commerce 1986; Doctor of Business honoris causa 2014)

Graduate On-Board Software Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space (Bachelor of Engineering 2013)
Anna Segall

Director of International Standards and Legal Affairs at UNESCO (Bachelor of Arts 1983, Bachelor of Laws 1985)