UQ and North-East Asia

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Collaboration in action

Reducing greenhouse gasses

UQ Professor Yusuke Yamauchi, in collaboration with Associate Professor Toru Wakihara from the University of Tokyo (UTokyo), have been awarded the first Rio-Tinto Australia-Japan Collaboration Program Grant. The Program encourages collaboration between Australia and Japan in science, technology and innovation, awarding $150,000 to the joint project. The UQ and UTokyo researchers will design and alter raw materials with a unique nanoscale structure to enable inexpensive, highly efficient adsorption of high volumes of greenhouse gasses. The Project will develop new nanostructured materials to extract harmful greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere and convert them into useful fuels.

Pioneering vision saves lives

Collaborating with Emeritus Professor David Doddrell at UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging, Professor Stuart Crozier co-invented a signal correction technology that corrected magnetic field distortions to produce faster, clearer and more accurate images, without adding to the cost of the MRI machines: Magnetica. Magnetica’s research and innovation in magnet design also led to the development of small 1.5T extremity magnets used in systems sold by US company, GE Healthcare. These were developed in collaboration with Japan Superconductor Technology, Inc (Jastec), and supported by grant funding from the Queensland Government. About 220 of these units have been sold for ~US$110 million.

Developing lead-free soldering and brazing alloys

In partnership with Nihon Superior Co. Ltd, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering established the Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials in 2012. The Centre focuses on commercially relevant and environmentally sustainable research, specialising in the development of lead-free soldering and brazing alloys, and the manufacture of materials for energy storage and transport materials. Nihon Superior has committed more than $4.5 million in funding to the Centre. Professor Kazuhiro Nogita (pictured front left) is Centre Director and founding manager of UQ-Kyushu University Oceania Project: facilitating collaborative activities between UQ and Kyushu University and promoting Australia-Japan research and education collaborations. 


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.

Food, farming, and financialisation

The growing presence of financial firms in contemporary economic relations is an increasingly important, yet poorly understood, concept. Through interviews and document analysis, Korea University Sociology Professor Chul-Kyoo Kim and UQ School of Social Science Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence are examining the ways financialisation is transforming agri-food industries in Australia. By investigating which foreign firms are purchasing food companies and farmlands, and why, the research intends to ascertain the place of financialisation in the emergence of a third food regime. Ultimately, the project aims to clarify issues of ownership and control regarding Australia's agri-food resources.

Tiny house based on a big idea

UQ is home to a tiny house made using an experimental technique developed by researchers from the ARC Future Timber Hub. The timber building was erected in under seven hours and showcases ‘3E panels’. These thin, lightweight panels are made from a hybrid fibre reinforced polymer timber, invented by UQ civil engineering researcher, Associate Professor Dilum Fernando, and his team, including partners at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This quick-build, low-cost, complete pre-fabrication construction system could be ideal for low-cost housing where anyone can get involved in building a home, no matter their skill level. The panels slot together to create an environmentally friendly construction alternative that is the strongest system of its kind.


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 SAR

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 SAR. The value of the Overseas Study Assistance Scholarship is MOP20,000 (more than A$3000).

Hong Kong SAR-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:

Hong Kong SAR

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

Global Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) De'Longhi Group & CEO De'Longhi Kenwood (Bachelor of Commerce 1990)
Hong Kong SAR

Managing Director Goldman Sachs (Bachelor of Commerce 2006)
Hong Kong SAR

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

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

Chief Financial Officer, Shangri-La Asia Limited (MBA 1998)

Researcher and educator (Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 1994, PhD 1999, International Alumnus of the Year 2011)

Partner, King & Spalding (Bachelor of Arts 1998; Bachelor of Laws 1999)

CEO, Melanie Brock Advisory (Bachelor of Arts 1989, Master of Literary Studies 1990)

Senior Advisor for Natural Resources, Japan International Cooperation Agency (PhD 2009)
South Korea

Marketing strategist and panellist on Korean TV show Abnormal Summit (Bachelor of Business/Arts 2013)
Hong Kong SAR

Legislative Council of the Hong Kong SAR representing Kowloon East (Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 1997)
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.