UQ and North-East Asia

Collaboration in action

A shared vision of peace

At the 2005 World Summit, world leaders endorsed the responsibility to protect (R2P), a framework for preventing and responding to genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. In response, the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) was launched in 2008 as a partnership between the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and UQ. Through ARP2P, UQ researchers and students work with partners throughout the region, promoting the R2P principle and facilitating national actions to prevent atrocities. School of Political Science and International Studies Professor Alexander Bellemy, an expert in human security in the Asia Pacific region, heads the Centre.

Collaborating to tackle Crohn's disease

University of Queensland Diamantina Institute Professor Mark Morrison is part of the Eastern Inflammatory Bowel Disease Gut Microbiota (ENIGMA) project, an international investigation into the causes of Crohn’s disease (CD). The study, which involves researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) partners in mainland China, is examining how interactions between ethnicity, geography, diet, and the gut microbiome are involved in CD in both Asian and western populations. The populations of China, Hong Kong, and Australia are experiencing a rapid increase in rates of gastrointestinal diseases, particularly CD and IBD.

Sweet revenge against superbugs

A special type of synthetic sugar could be the latest weapon in the fight against superbugs. A team of scientists from UQ and Queensland biotechnology company Alchemia have discovered a potential new class of antibiotics inspired by sugar molecules produced by bacteria. The team – led by Institute for Molecular Bioscience Professor Matt Cooper and Dr Johannes Zuegg, and involving researchers from Taiwan's Academia Sinica – examined hundreds of versions of Alchemia’s modified sugar molecules to find those that will kill bacteria and are non-toxic to human cells. The development is a huge step forward in the global fight against superbugs.

Supporting Mongolia's golden resource

Mining is critically important to the Mongolian economy, and UQ's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) has a long history of ensuring it remains sustainable, safe, and viable. The Mongolia Research Hub – the first forum for cross-disciplinary research into the responsible development of mining in Mongolia and Central Asia – was established at UQ's Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (SMI-CSRM) in 2013. Since then, UQ has engaged with Mongolian collaborators, including the South Gobi Aimag Government and the Mongolian Ministry of Mining, on a range of mining and resources issues, such as social responsibility, environmental management, and health and safety.

Building transport for tomorrow's cities

UQ's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is involved in a project with Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University to develop property value capture schemes that would provide alternative funding for public transport infrastructure. It plans to model the timing and spatial patterns of property value uplift from recent investments in rail, busways, and ferries in Queensland and New South Wales. The international research team, which includes SEES Professor in Planning Neil Sipe, is surveying Australian stakeholders and discrete choice modelling to determine willingness-to-pay. This data is expected to be used to develop an institutionally, legally, and politically feasible scheme for implementation in Australia, focused on cases including the Gold Coast light rail network.

New look on traditional medicine

Research collaboration between UQ's School of Pharmacy and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is investigating how toad by-products could treat cancer. The Chinese have used Chan Su – a substance derived from the venom of toads – to treat heart failure, sore throats, and skin conditions for hundreds of years. Now, the research is focused on developing a soluble formulation of purified bufalin steroid, a key component of Chan Su that doesn’t dissolve easily, making it difficult to administer as a medicine. Working together, the research teams hope to show bufalin’s anti-cancer effect in cell-based laboratory tests. PolyU will lead the patent prosecution process, in collaboration with UniQuest.

Student mobility

Mongolian student funding

More than 40 Mongolian students have studied at UQ via a scholarship since 2010, the majority of whom have been funded by the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Program. In addition, 3 students have been funded by the Mongolian Government’s Ministry of Training & Education, and 1 has been funded by Oyu Tolgoi LLC – a copper-gold mine in the South Gobi region that is being developed as a joint venture between Turquoise Hill Resources and the Mongolian Government.

Tourism scholarship to Macau

Each year, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) supports an undergraduate student from UQ to undertake an exchange semester to the Institute for Tourism Studies in Macau. The value of the Overseas Study Assistance Scholarship is MOP20,000 (more than A$3000).

Hong Kong-Thailand exchange

Students within the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) can study at 2 UQ partner institutions – the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Mahidol University, Thailand – and gain credit towards their degree. Commencing in the second half of 2017, the New Colombo Plan-funded exchange opportunity enables students to gain a new perspective on their studies and broaden future employment opportunities. Study at both institutions is compulsory.


UQ has more than 10,570 North-East Asian Alumni, including:

Lawrence Au
Hong Kong

Former Head of Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Securities Services (retd); author and expert on Asia's finance industry (MBA 1982)
Paul Accornero
Hong Kong

International Commercial Director (MD) AsiaPac & Americas, De’Longhi Group (Bachelor of Commerce 1990)
Lily Chan
Hong Kong

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs (Bachelor of Commerce 2006)
Tim Usasz
Hong Kong

Vice President - Institutional Equity Sales, Credit Suisse; professional rugby union player (retd) (Bachelor of Commerce 2004, MBA 2013)
Prof. Kin-Man Ho
Hong Kong

Kingsford Environmental founder, International Alumnus of the Year 2012 (PhD 1995)
Hong Kong

Medical professional, International Alumnus of the Year 2010 (MBBS 1965, Doctor of Medicine 1995)
Ben Toh
Hong Kong

Chief Financial Officer, Shangri-La Asia Limited (MBA 1998)
Prof. Lawrence Ma
Hong Kong

Practicing trusts law expert, Adjunct Professor at Nankai University, China (BCom 1992, LLB 1994, LLM 1998)
Usukhbayar Sainjargal

Usukhbayar, from Mongolia, was an Australia Awards scholar. She recently graduated with a Master of Laws from UQ.

Chun-Sing Chan

Chun-Sing Chan, from Hong Kong, recently graduated with a Master of Commerce from UQ. He was chosen as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador in 2013.

Fast facts

North-East Asia region

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Students: 6560
ICTE-UQ: 2899
Academic staff: 195
Alumni: 7381
Co-publications: 727
Project collaborations: 28
Agreements: 135
Trips: 425

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North Korea (DPR)

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

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Hong Kong (SAR)

Students: 706
ICTE-UQ: 191
Academic staff: 20
Alumni: 1963
Co-publications: 83
Project collaborations: 4
Agreements: 7
Trips: 76

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Students: 162
ICTE-UQ: 2239
Academic staff: 11
Alumni: 1051
Co-publications: 173
Project collaborations: 8
Agreements: 54
Trips: 170

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South Korea (ROK)

Students: 226
ICTE-UQ: 351
Academic staff: 13
Alumni: 646
Co-publications: 91
Project collaborations: 2
Agreements: 16
Trips: 43

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Macau (SAR)

Students: 72
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 119
Co-publications: 12
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 5
Trips: 5

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Students: 28
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 47
Co-publications: 4
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 6

Taiwan (ROC)

Students: 274
ICTE-UQ: 168
Academic staff: 16
Alumni: 855
Co-publications: 61
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 12
Trips: 38

Fast facts show full-year 2017 data.