UQ and the United States of America

Collaborating to change the world

UQ has strong ties with the USA, including strategic partnerships with Emory University and Washington University in St Louis, and academic links with Harvard and Stanford. And, with Boeing, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Dow Chemical Company backing key UQ projects, this partnership is creating change for an increasingly connected global community.

Fast facts



922

USA students enrolled at UQ


1221

USA-UQ co-publications in 2016


104

academic staff born in the USA


132

research project collaborations


8350

alumni in the USA


68

agreements with 46 official partners

UQ North America Office

Based in Washington D.C., the UQ North America Office interlinks research and academic partnerships, alumni and community engagement, and philanthropy.

Research

Co-publications

The USA is ranked 1st in the countries that co-publish with UQ. Researchers from the USA and UQ have partnered on more than 4,500 co-publications in the past 5 years, with key areas including genetics, ecology, biochemistry, neurosciences, and environmental sciences. UQ's top co-publishing partners include Harvard University; the University of Washington, Seattle; the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Stanford University; and the US Department of Energy.

Research collaborations

UQ has more research project collaborations with the USA than with any other country. In the past 5 years, UQ has led 318 research projects involving more than 150 US-based institutions. By productivity, UQ's top collaborators are the University of California; the University of Washington, Seattle; the University of Arizona; and Harvard University. The number of US institutions to collaborate with UQ with has increased from 77 in 2011 to more than 100 in 2016.

Research funding

UQ has received more than AUD 53 million  (USD 40.7 million) from US organisations since 2012. 146 US organisations – including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, and Boeing – have supported 280 research projects. The funding has helped UQ develop long-term visions for some of the world's biggest challenges, such as improving health outcomes for marginalised communities.

Collaboration in action

Boeing takes research to new heights

Boeing Research and Technology Australia has partnered with UQ in an Asia-Pacific first. Around 30 Boeing staff are based out of the specifically-designed facility at UQ's St Lucia campus, where they collaborate with researchers and students in a range of fields including engineering, human movement, neuroscience, chemistry, physics, and psychology. Projects earmarked for investigation include studies in unmanned aircraft and autonomous systems, aircraft simulator technologies, manufacturing technologies, and cabin disease transmission. Boeing has invested more than AUD 10.5 million (USD 8 million) in UQ throughout the past 13 years, also offering scholarship and industry placement opportunities.

Translating research into life-changing medicines

UQ and Emory University in Atlanta are translating academic research into drug development candidates for clinical trials. Based at UQ, the Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI) has the capacity to perform drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, and preclinical development to identify promising small molecule drug candidates and develop them to a stage where they may be of interest to pharmaceutical or investment companies. The initiative enables UQ researchers to draw on the extensive expertise of Emory University’s Institute for Drug Development – led by inventor of one of the world’s most widely-used HIV drugs, Professor Dennis Liotta – and Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE).

Partnering to drive innovation

UQ was the first Australian institution to be invited to join the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP). The prestigious organisation boasts 130 members worldwide, and is focused on driving partnerships between universities and industry. Cook Medical Australia, a manufacturer of minimally invasive medical devices, has joined UIDP as UQ’s industry partner. Given the current focus on university-industry collaboration, prompted by the National Innovation and Science Agenda, this partnership gives UQ access to an invaluable forum for sharing best practice in industry engagement and for finding new ways to bring exciting discoveries and technologies to the world.

Saving coral reefs from the air

UQ researchers are playing a key role in a NASA airborne mission designed to transform understanding of ecologically sensitive coral reefs. The mission investigated the Great Barrier Reef in 2016, using UQ’s Heron Island Research Station as one of its bases. NASA's 3-year Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) mission combines aerial surveys using state-of-the-art airborne imaging spectrometer technology developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, along with in-water validation activities. UQ and CORAL will exchange field data, knowledge, and experience to search for trends between coral reef condition and the natural and human-produced biological and environmental factors that affect reefs.

Evidence-based support for families

UQ's Triple P – Positive Parenting Program has been showcased at the White House as part of an initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Representatives from Triple P America attended the event at the invitation of the White House Office of Social Innovation and My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) – an initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men of colour. Triple P founder and Parenting and Family Support Centre Director Professor Matthew Sanders said the invitation was a strong endorsement for the program, and indicated growing confidence in the pursuit of quality research as a way to increase opportunities for marginalised youth.

A meeting of minds

UQ is a member of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), one of UQ's most highly engaged partners in the USA. The McDonnell Academy is a consortium of 28 international universities and corporate partners that tackle important global issues through research collaboration and staff/PhD mobility. In September 2016, UQ became the 3rd country outside the USA to co-host the biannual forum with WUSTL, which discussed global challenges of ageing; food, water, and climate change; energy and the environment; and public health. Boeing Company Chairman, President, and CEO Mr Dennis A. Muilenburg was among the key speakers at the event.

Overcoming scientific and engineering barriers

UQ's Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation brings together leading research expertise in energy, water, sustainability, and science and engineering education. Established in 2012 with an AUD 10 million (USD 7.6 million) donation from North American multinational chemical manufacturer Dow Chemical Company, the Centre fosters innovation to achieve sustainable environmental and economic outcomes. With a multi-disciplinary approach to developing technologies, the Centre brings together researchers from UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering, the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) and the Global Change Institute (GCI), in collaboration with the UQ Energy Initiative and the Centre for Coal Seam Gas.

USA students at UQ

Students from the USA make up the 4th largest international cohort at UQ. In the past 5 years, more than 2,300 US students enrolled in UQ degrees, with Medicine, PhD studies, and International Relations the most popular program choices.

In fact, more American coursework and research students choose UQ than any other Australian university; according to Australian Government data 23.7% study at UQ (as at December 2015).

Video: Terry Vo, from the USA, graduated with a Masters in Governance and Public Policy from UQ in 2014. She was chosen as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador in 2013.

 

Student mobility

Student exchange

UQ has student exchange agreements with more than 30 universities in the USA, including the University of California system, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St Louis, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is the 2nd most popular country for exchange, narrowly behind the United Kingdom. Under these agreements, more than 560 UQ students studied in the USA and 633 USA students studied at UQ in the past 5 years.

Medicine links

The UQ-Ochsner Clinical School offers students a unique opportunity to work in Louisiana's Ochsner Health System. The UQ-Ochsner MD program is a 4-year degree, of which the first 2 years are spent at UQ and the final years are spent in New Orleans. The UQ-Ochsner Seed Fund for Collaborative Research has also been established to foster transdisciplinary research between investigators based in the Ochsner Clinical School and at UQ. In addition, medical students can undertake placements at the Duke University School of Medicine and the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine.

World Bank internship

The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice President offers a scholarship in conjunction with UQ Global Engagement and the TC Beirne School of Law to enable a Bachelor of Laws student to undertake a two to three month fellowship with the World Bank’s Special Litigation Unit in Washington, D.C.

Stanford University visits

UQ annually hosts a cohort of Stanford University students from the Australian Coastal Studies program. Students attend lectures on rainforests and coral reef diversity by UQ researchers, and participate in field trips, including to UQ’s research station on the Great Barrier Reef.

Washington University in St Louis joint program

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is one of UQ's most highly engaged partners in the United States. UQ has a formal alliance with the law school at WUSTL, allowing American students to earn a Master of Laws from UQ, and Australian students to earn a Juris Doctor from Washington University.

American Australian Association fellowship

The UQ-American Australian Association fellowship provides 2 AUD 40,000 fellowships annually for American citizens to study and conduct research at UQ for a year, and for a UQ student or alumnus to study or conduct research in the USA.

Uni-Capitol Washington internship

The Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme allows students to work in the Congressional Office of a member of the US House of Representatives, or US Senate, each January and February. 12 Australian university students are accepted into the prestigious program each year. UQ has a solid record of success in the program, with 25 of students accepted since 2005.

Energy exchange with University of Texas-Austin

UQ has a long-standing undergraduate exchange program with the University of Texas-Austin (UT-Austin) that supports collaboration between researchers, teachers, and graduate students to explore energy technology, policy, and environmentally responsible business.

Alumni

The USA is home to UQ’s largest alumni network outside Australia. More than 8,000 alumni live in the USA and 5,662 alumni were born there. Alumni from or living in the USA include:

Alumni

CEO and Founder, ImmunExpress (Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) 1979, PhD 1987)
Chief of Mediation Support, the United Nations (Bachelor of Arts 1993, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 1996)
Program Manager at Microsoft (Bachelor of Engineering – Software 2006, and Doctor of Philosophy – Computer Science 2013)
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of a franchise restaurant empire including Applebee’s and Taco Bell (Master of Literary Studies 1987)
Co-founder, Shoes of Prey (Bachelor of Laws 2003, Bachelor of Commerce 2001)
Dr Sam Hawgood
Chancellor, the University of California San Francisco (Bachelor of Medicine 1975; Honorary Doctorate of Medicine 2012)
Venture capitalist (Bachelor of Engineering 2002, Bachelor of Commerce 2004, PhD 2006)
President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company (Bachelor of Engineering 1975; Doctor of Science 2005)
Dr Michael McRobbie
President, Indiana University (Bachelor of Arts 1975, Honorary Doctorate 2007)
Senior Vice-President of Finance, HP Inc. (Bachelor of Arts 1987, Bachelor of Economics 1988)
Cardiologist (Bachelor of Veterinary Science 1970, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 1975, Doctor of Medicine 1995, Doctor of Science Honoris Causa 2013)
Dr Patricia Taylor CM
Microbiologist, and widow of former Canadian Ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor OC (Bachelor of Science (Hons) 1954)
Professor Janette Turner-Hospital
Writer (Bachelor of Arts 1966, Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa 2003)
Lis Wiehl
Author, and legal analyst for Fox News (Master of Literary Studies 1985)
Deputy Head of Mission to the United Nations, New York (Bachelor of Arts 1989)

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Fast facts show full-year 2017 data, except for co-publications (2016), trips (2016) and alumni (mid-year 2017).