UQ and Denmark

Tackling the big questions of our universe

Long-standing links with Denmark span nearly every school and institute at UQ. Through partnership with some of the country's premier institutions, including the University of Copenhagen, Denmark Technical University, and the Niels Bohr Institute, researchers are finding solutions to some of the most critical issues of our time – on Earth and in space.

Fast facts



44

Danish students enrolled at UQ


135

Denmark-UQ co-publications


8

academic staff born in Denmark


7

research project collaborations


352

alumni in Denmark


9

agreements with 5 official partners

Research

Co-publications

In the past 5 years, UQ has co-authored more than 400 publications with Danish researchers, largely in the areas of genetics and heredity, ecology, and environmental sciences. Our top co-publishing partners were the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, the Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Southern Denmark.

Research collaborations

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 8 Danish institutions on 16 UQ research projects. Danish partner institutions include Aarhus University, the University of Copenhagen, and the Technical University of Denmark, covering diverse research areas such as quantum systems, shark genomics, transcranial electrical brain stimulation, and lower back pain.

Research funding

UQ has received more than AUD 1 million (5 million DKK) from leading Danish organisations in the past 5 years. 8 Danish organisations – including the Leo Foundation, Oticon Foundation, Zealand Pharma, Defensin Therapeutics, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – have been involved in this funding, which has supported 10 research projects.

Danish students at UQ

In the past 5 years, more than 120 Danish students were enrolled in UQ degrees. Study Abroad and PhD studies are the most popular program choices.

Photo: Sarah Kvorning, from Denmark, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef as part of the Australia's Marine Environment course

Sarah Kvorning, from Denmark, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef as part of the Australia's Marine Environment course

Collaboration in action

To infinity and beyond

UQ and the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen (UoC) are advancing research in astronomy, physics, quantum mechanics, and nanotechnology. The Virtual Institute for Physics (VIP) builds on strong collaborations between the two institutions, which are both at the forefront of physics research, and promotes joint student training, student exchange, and a joint PhD program. Beyond the VIP, both institutes will support a nano-sabbatical program for academic staff, as well as joint conferences, workshops, and symposia. UQ's partnership with UoC has led to the discovery that supermassive black holes can be used to measure the acceleration of the universe.

UQ leadership: Professor Peter Høj

UQ's people-to-people links with Denmark extend through all levels of the organisation. Professor Peter Høj, 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.

Ground-breaking schizophrenia research

UQ Professor John McGrath (pictured) has won a prestigious international fellowship in the Niels Bohr Professorship Program in Denmark to continue his ground-breaking research into schizophrenia, for which he also received the Strömgren Medal. Professor McGrath, a psychiatrist and researcher with the Queensland Brain Institute and Director of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, is dividing his time between Australia and Denmark while building a new program with colleagues at Aarhus University. This work includes investigating the link between schizophrenia and Vitamin D levels in 80,000 newborns. The Niels Bohr Professorship is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation

Mining for dark matter

School of Mathematics and Physics Professor Tamara Davis is an internationally recognised cosmologist who investigates new fundamental physics, such as the properties of dark energy and dark matter. Having previously worked at the University of Copenhagen's (UoC's) Niels Bohr Institute, Professor Davis remains actively engaged in collaboration with Denmark. An Affiliate Professor at UoC, she has supervised several Danish postgraduate students at UQ, and delivers guest lectures at the Niels Bohr Institute each year. Despite being an emerging researcher, she is already in the top 1% of most highly cited astrophysicists in the world, and was part of collaboration with UoC that found active galaxies can be used to trace the expansion of the universe.

Extracting DNA from jaws

Preserved in museums and trophy collections, shark jaws constitute one of the world’s most abundant sources of DNA for retrospective genetic analysis. Until now, however, the genetic potential of these unique samples has remained largely unexplored. Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Professor Einar Eg Nielsen has collaborated with researchers from UQ's School of Biomedical Sciences (SMBS), School of Biological Sciences, and Centre for Brain Genomics with the purpose of extracting and applying DNA from shark jaws to describe historical changes in population distribution. Professor Nielsen was recently nominated for the title of Honorary Professor by SMBS.

Supporting families with special needs

The UQ-developed Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, is being rolled out in Denmark. Denmark's National Board of Social Services is funding a 2-year pilot of the Stepping Stones Triple P program, which specially tailored for parents of children with a disability. The initiative aims to improve parents’ emotional wellbeing by providing coping skills and strategies to help them teach their children new skills, to manage behaviour, and to guide development. So far, 5 Danish municipalities have collaborated, which will see about 20 social workers, psychologists, and practitioners in early years and social pedagogy deliver a range of parenting intervention seminars, group courses, and one-on-one training.

Student mobility

Student exchange

Denmark is a popular student exchange destination for UQ students. We have student exchange agreements with 3 universities in Denmark: the University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, and Copenhagen Business School. Under these agreements, 117 UQ students studied in Denmark and 176 Danish students studied at UQ throughout the past 5 years.

Global research degrees

We provide opportunities for research students to participate in international research collaboration. Like exchange programs, and study abroad opportunities, UQ's joint PhD agreement with the University of Copenhagen enables research students to build integral collaborations and international linkages early in their careers.

 

Building future business leaders

UQ's Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) has an official student exchange agreement with the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). The agreement allows UQ’s MBA students to undertake courses in CBS’s Master of Science program – and vice versa. Professor Lars Håkanson from CBS has also held a visiting appointment at UQ. 

Alumni

UQ has more than 350 alumni in Denmark. Alumni from or living in the country include:

Alumni

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)

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Fast facts based on 2016 full year data.