UQ and Malaysia

Creating partnerships for positive change

Malaysia is home to UQ's 3rd largest student cohort – but the relationship doesn't stop there. UQ has a long history of academic engagement in Malaysia, as well as strong relationships with industry and government sponsors, including the Ministry of Higher Education.

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1257

Malaysian students enrolled at UQ


108

Malaysia-UQ co-publications in 2016


16

academic staff born in Malaysia


2

research project collaborations


3159

 alumni in Malaysia


9

agreements with 6 official partners

Research

Co-publications

In the past 5 years, UQ has partnered with Malaysian researchers on 379 co-publications, largely in the areas of pharmacology and pharmacy, ecology, microbiology, and electrical engineering. Our top co-publishing partners are Universiti Malaya, Monash University Sunway, Universiti Kebangsaan, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and University Putra Malaysia.

Research collaborations

UQ has partnered with Malaysian institutions on 3 research projects in the past 5 years. Key collaborations include UQ's School of Biological Sciences (SBS) with Malaysian aquaculture non-profit organisation WorldFish; the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia; and SBS with the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Research funding

2 UQ-led research projects have been funded by Malaysian organisations in the past 5 years. The Malaysian Palm Oil Council funded researchers from UQ's School of Agriculture and Food Sciences to explore the carbon footprint of major vegetable oil crops, while vaccines company Sentinext Therapeutics funded the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to research human enterovirus-like particle vaccine development.

Collaboration in action

UQ helps protect Malaysia’s marine life

A six-year collaboration between the Malaysian Government and UQ has resulted in the creation of Malaysia’s biggest marine protected area. UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science researcher Dr Carissa Klein said the marine region at the northern tip of Borneo was globally significant for its marine life and diverse habitats including coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass, and threatened species including dugong, and sea turtles. “We taught the World Wildlife Fund-Malaysia and Sabah Parks to use Marxan, an environmental mathematical decision software package developed by UQ, to help create the region’s 898,000-hectare Tun Mustapha Park,” Dr Klein said.

Creating change through environmental law

Summer internships are helping UQ law students gain practical experience in the Malaysian non-profit sector. The program with Forever Sabah – a community organisation that works to transition the state of Sabah into a diversified, equitable, and circular economy – enables 2 UQ students to work alongside legal experts, community leaders, and industry partners in Malaysia. In 2016, UQ law students Jessica Mudryk and Jemma Lanyon trekked through Sabah’s jungle to see its unique biodiversity first-hand. The aspiring lawyers researched Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Malaysian state of Sarawak policies and laws for a project on agribusiness and ape conservation, and attended civil society meetings about a new state-wide initiative to certify sustainable palm oil.

Social responsibility and mining in Malaysia

UQ International Development and the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining are working with Malaysian NGOs and partners to deliver a multifaceted Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment program to support Vale Malaysia Minerals’ Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal in Perak State. UQ has been a strategic partner for Vale Malaysia Minerals since early 2012 and has provided strategic CSR planning, development, implementation, and support services to the company. The activities aim to improve sustainable development in the area by supporting livelihoods and strengthening conservation and biodiversity capacity.

 

Leading-edge coral reef research centre

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies cements Australia’s leading contribution to coral reef sciences, and fosters collaborative links with 24 leading institutions worldwide, including Malaysian fishery and aquaculture organisation WorldFish. Researchers from UQ's School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and Global Change Institute are examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution. Led by SBS palaeoecology and marine studies specialist Professor John Pandolfi, the research aims to increase knowledge of the dynamics and resilience of ecosystems, and to improve coral reef management in both Malaysia and Australia. Collectively, the Centre is the world’s largest concentration of coral reef scientists.

Malaysian students at UQ

Malaysian students make up the 3rd largest international cohort at UQ. In the past 5 years, more than 2,600 Malaysian students enrolled in UQ degrees, with commerce, engineering, and PhD studies among the most popular program choices.

UQ has a long history of academic engagement in Malaysia including established academic pathways into UQ programs with partners such as HELP University, Taylor’s University and INTI College, and long-term relationships with Malaysian government sponsors. The country's rich culture is celebrated on campus through the UQ Malaysian Students' Association, which offers a 'home away from home' for students and an active social calendar for the wider community.

The Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law (BEL) also offers high achieving Malaysian students a way to stand out in an increasingly competitive, multicultural business environment. The Malaysian Global Leaders Scholarship covers tuition at UQ (excluding the MBA), as well as a number of programs to help develop employability skills.

Photo: Nurfarahin Zahiridin (far left), from Malaysia, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Semester 2, 2016

Nurfarahin Zahiridin and friends sit outside sandstone building

Student mobility

Student exchange

UQ has a student exchange agreement with the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus. From 2011-2016, 2 UQ students studied in Malaysia, and 5 Malaysian students studied at UQ under an exchange agreement.

Stories from Penang

In April 2016, supported by the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program, 18 third-year architecture students embarked on a 10-day study program to the UNESCO cultural world heritage site of George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang. On returning to Australia, students developed their schemes in the design studio before curating an exhibition of their work.

Environmental sustainability and legal innovation

In January 2017, supported by the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program, UQ law students undertook clinical placements in Malaysia alongside legal experts, community leaders, and industry partners, which include practical legal tasks, and seminars on the issues of political ecology, biodiversity, and Indigenous land rights.

Alumni

Malaysia is home to UQ’s 4th largest international alumni network, behind the USA, Singapore, and China. More than 3,150 alumni live in Malaysia and 5,545 alumni were born there, including:

Malaysia alumni

Vice-Chancellor, INTI International University; International Alumnus of the Year 2015 (PhD, 1986)
Datuk Dr Rosti Saruwono
Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Selangor; International Alumnus of the Year 2007 (Bachelor of Engineering 1974)
Tan Sri Dato Abdul Khalid Ibrahim
14th Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Selangor; International Alumnus of the Year 2002 (Master of Business Administration 1976 and Doctor of Science honoris causa 1996)
Deputy Head of Mission, Malaysia (Bachelor of Economics (Hons), Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin Chinese)

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Fast facts based on 2016 full year data.