UQ and Singapore

Creating global pathways

UQ nurtures collaboration with Singapore's top institutions to open new and exciting pathways for students and researchers. Through decades of sponsored mobility programs, joint publications, and industry partnerships, Singapore and UQ are paving the way for a connected Asia-Pacific community.

Fast facts


Singaporean students enrolled at UQ


Singapore-UQ co-publications


academic staff born in Singapore


research project collaborations




agreements with 5 official partners

Fast facts show full-year 2020 data.



In the past 5 years, UQ has partnered with Singapore-based researchers on 692 co-publications, notably in Genetics & Heredity, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, and Psychiatry. Our top co-publishing partners are National University of Singapore,
Nanyang Technological University, and Agency for Science Technology & Research (ASTAR)

Research collaboration

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 6 institutions on 18 research projects. Key collaborators include the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore.

Research funding

Singaporean organisations, including the Public Utilities Board Singapore, The HEAD Foundation, and Orica International Pte Ltd, have contributed A$317,176 towards 9 research projects in the past 5 years.

Collaboration in action


Tackling social disadvantage

UQ has partnered with the National University of Singapore to explore the widening gap between the world's rich and poor, and the diminishing opportunities for social mobility across this divide. The recently-refunded Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre), administered by UQ’s Institute for Social Science Research, also brings together leading social scientists from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Ireland, as well as national, state, and non-government agencies from Singapore. The Life Course Centre aims to prevent the transmission of disadvantage across generations and within families, and to build communities that benefit from social, economic, and civic participation.

Exploring the future of quantum technologies

Leading physicists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are among the international consortium of researchers developing quantum technologies in health, security, the economy, and the environment. With more than AUD 39 million in funding, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), is enabling researchers to move beyond the lab towards practical prototypes and commercial applications, including material simulators, diagnostic technologies, and geo-survey tools.

UQ Physics Professor Andrew White (pictured) said the Centre – which is based at UQ – will improve the lives of people around the world by producing breakthroughs in physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and medicine.

Integrated urban water management

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) supports a variety of research opportunities with Singapore, including the work of UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) Director Professor Zhiguo Yuan (pictured, front centre) and sewer team. Funded by the Singapore Public Utilities Board, Professor Yuan is working on a world-first integrated strategy to achieve multiple beneficial uses of iron salts in an urban water system. The research will substantially reduce the use of chemicals in the urban water system, delivering large economical and environmental benefits to urban water utilities. This project won the 2019 Australian Water Association Research Innovation Award (QLD) . 

Singaporean students at UQ

Singaporean students make up the 3rd largest international cohort at UQ, with around 15 per cent of Singaporean university students in Australia studying here (Australian Education International, December 2018). In the past 5 years, 3026 Singaporean students have enrolled in UQ degrees, with science, commerce, and business management among the most popular program choices. Notably, the third review of the Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement confirmed the Singaporean Government's recognition of UQ’s Doctor of Medicine, Master of Occupational Therapy Studies, Master of Physiotherapy Studies, and Master of Speech Pathology Studies.

The active UQ Singaporean Students Society also ensures Singapore's diverse and vibrant culture is celebrated on campus. The network helps students foster friendships, develop professional networks, and make memories that last long after graduation.

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

Video: Singaporean students at the UQ School of Pharmacy.


Student mobility

Student exchange

Student mobility between UQ and Singaporean institutions is becoming more and more popular. UQ has student exchange agreements with two universities in Singapore: the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Both NUS and NTU are partner universities in the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship program, which gives young Australians the opportunity to spend up to two semesters at leading Asian universities and develop global leadership skills.

New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

Six UQ students have received prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarships for study and work experience in Singapore. In 2017, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws student Sophie Ryan studied at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a New Colombo Plan Fellow, an honour bestowed upon the highest-ranked candidate in each host country. In 2016, Samuel Bullen (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Economics), Talia Rose (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science), and Chloe Yap (Bachelor of Science) also studied at NUS. Katrina Couzens (Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts) studied at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2015, while Hirotsugu Takahashi (Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Business Management) studied at NUS.

Humanities and Social Sciences mobility

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) has articulation arrangements in place with 12 institutions in Singapore, including all polytechnics. These arrangements typically provide one year of credit for previous study, allowing students to enter Year Two of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Journalism, and Bachelor of Social Science. Singaporean students account for around 10% of the international cohort in the Faculty.

Health and Behavioural Sciences mobility

Students sponsored by Singapore’s Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH) can be admitted into a range of programs within UQ's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (HaBS) covering clinical psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, and pharmacy. HaBS has also partnered with SingHealth – the largest healthcare group in Singapore – to strengthen collaborative research and academic engagement through workshops, visits, and data sharing.


UQ has 7720 alumni living in Singapore. Alumni with significant links to Singapore include:

Non-Executive Chairman of the board of Singapore Press Holdings; former Minister and Government Whip in the Parliament of Singapore; International Alumnus of the Year 2002 (Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) 1971, Doctor of Veterinary Science honoris causa 2012)
Australian Alumni Singapore, Immediate Past President and founder of CIMB-TrustCapital (Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting 1987)
IVF pioneer (Doctor of Medicine, 2009)
Chairman at Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore; former Nominated Member of Parliament (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering 1973)
Managing Director Asia at Discova (Bachelor of Commerce 1989, MBA 2001)
Co-founder, Partnerships and Operations Director at Accelerating Asia; former Head of Partnerships at United Nations Women Singapore (Bachelor of Arts – International Relations 2012, Bachelor of Business Management 2012)
Managing Director, Phillip Securities; 2015 UQ International Alumnus of the Year (Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1964)
Publisher at The Independent Singapore; former Chief Executive Officer, Apple Seed Pte Ltd (Bachelor of Information Technology 1997)