UQ and sub-Saharan Africa

Global connections for healthy communities

At a time when Australia is developing strong economic partnerships with African states, UQ is working hand-in-hand with the region's leading institutions and organisations to find answers to some of the biggest challenges of our time – such as security, conservation, and developing youth capacity.

Fast facts



218

sub-Saharan African students enrolled at UQ


337

sub-Saharan Africa-UQ co-publications


59

academic staff born in sub-Saharan Africa


2

research project collaborations


709

alumni in sub-Saharan Africa
 


4

agreements with 3 official partners

Research

Co-publications

In the past 5 years, UQ has produced more than 670 co-publications with researchers in sub-Saharan Africa, largely in the areas of ecology, public healthenvironmental sciences, and infectious diseases. Our top co-publishers were the University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, and the University of Witwatersrand, all in South Africa.

Research collaborations

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with sub-Saharan African institutions on 7 UQ research projects on a range of research topics including sustainable agriculture systems, archaeology, mining, psychology, and renewable energy. Project partners include Jimma University (Ethiopia), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and the World Agroforestry Centre (Kenya).

Research funding

UQ has received more than AUD 8.8 million from sub-Saharan African organisations in the past 5 years. 9 organisations – including Anglo Operations (South Africa), DeBeers Group Services (South Africa), Sandvik Mining and Construction (South Africa), Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (Nigeria) – have funded 14 research projects

Research about sub-Saharan Africa

In the past 5 years, UQ researchers have been involved in more than 45 research projects about the region, worth more than AUD 22.2 million. Significant funding bodies include the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Collaboration in action

Improving profitability for farmers

An AUD 3.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is helping UQ researchers evaluate and improve plant breeding programs in developing countries. UQ was selected to implement the Breeding Program Analysis Tool because of its international reputation for excellence in plant breeding, particularly in tropical crops, and its experience in improving sorghum breeding in Ethiopia. Led by the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, the project is identifying ways to improve breeding programs, leading to greater genetic gains and on-farm profitability in 11 key African and Asian geographic regions, including in Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Maize research has global implications

Food security is a major concern in the east and southern Africa region. Maize is an important dietary protein source, but demand is projected to skyrocket in the next decade. To ensure its production is sustainable – particularly for Africa's rural poor – UQ's Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is part of an international research alliance funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) – managed by Mexican non-profit, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) – and involving researchers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The program offers considerable promise for boosting productivity and helping reverse the decline in soil fertility.

Digging deeper into conservation

A lot of conservation research is not being carried out in the countries that need it the most – a situation that is likely to undermine efforts to preserve global biodiversity. An international study led by Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson from UQ's School of Biological Sciences found conservation research is lacking in many of the world's most biodiverse countries, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a result, widespread bias remains in the field of conservation science. The project – which involved researchers from KPMG Botswana – recommended a range of solutions, including enhancing science communication strategies, and strengthening infrastructure and human capacity for research in developing countries.

Building youth capacities in Burkina Faso

Through its Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CRSM), UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) is working with the Ministry of Education in Burkina Faso to improve vocational and technical training for youth aged 13 to 18, with a strong emphasis on advancing opportunities for girls. The project is implemented by NGO Plan Burkina Faso, in close collaboration with private sector stakeholders and local communities. The active involvement of Canadian mining IAMGOLD offers a unique opportunity for young people to see where their training could lead; IAMGOLD employees regularly visit the training centres to share their experiences and the company organises week-long observation internships for 90 graduates each year at the mine site.

Measuring the impact of ivory burning

Gathering evidence on the impact of Kenya’s ivory burn on elephant conservations is being pushed as an urgent priority by four Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) scientists. Ivory burns and stockpile destruction has increased by more than 600% since 2011, negating international efforts to discourage elephant poaching and, in some cases, boosting the trade value of blackmarket ivory. The research, published in Nature, urged action to track the effects of Kenya’s largest ever ivory burn in 2016 with data on ivory price and demand. Each year more than 30,000 elephants are killed for their ivory by poachers in Africa to satisfy demand in Asia.

Ancient crops provide clue to Madagascar’s past

Remnants of ancient crops have provided researchers with clues that could help map human migration across the globe more than 1,300 years ago. The School of Social Science-led international study has uncovered the first direct archaeological evidence that Madagascar was colonised by a South-East Asian community. Genetic research had confirmed the inhabitants of Madagascar shared close ancestry with South-East Asians, but until this discovery, archaeologists had struggled to find evidence of their early presence on the island. The team has now identified more than 2,400 individual crop remains, obtained through excavations at 18 ancient settlement sites in Madagascar, the Comoros, and coastal eastern Africa, dating back to the 7th century.

Sub-Saharan African students at UQ

In the past 5 years, more than 580 students from sub-Saharan Africa have been enrolled in UQ degrees. PhD studies, the Master of Environmental Management, Master of Public Health, and Master of Agribusiness are popular program choices.

Student societies at UQ provide great opportunities to share interests and build community; they include the African Students Association, wildlife protection group UQ for Africa, and a wide range of faith groups

Video: Bakani Butale, from Botswana, is studying towards a Bachelor of Science at UQ. He was chosen as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador in 2015 and was also a recipient of the UQ Science International Scholarship.

Celebrating African cultures

 

Nkosana Mafico, a UQ Bachelor of Business Management honours student and entrepreneur originally from Zimbabwe, is passionate about changing perceptions of Africa and equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, network, and resources to create change. He founded the Council for Young Africans Living Abroad, which aims to develop young Africans into borderless thinkers and future leaders, and ultimately drive social and economic change across the continent.

At UQ, you can study some of the major languages spoken in sub-Saharan Africa without enrolling in a degree – including Swahili, Portuguese, and French – through the Institute of Modern Languages (IML).

Video: Nkosana Mafico talks about his entrepreneurial journey, from taking part in the Incubate program at UQ's ilab to starting a mission-based organisation.

Student mobility

Australia Awards (Africa) scholarships

Australia Awards (Africa) scholarship recipients from Mozambique recently graduated from UQ with masters degrees after learning English through an Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course in Pretoria, South Africa. The course was run in conjunction with ICTE-UQ's International Development team, which has an ongoing relationship with the University of Pretoria to deliver a number of training programs, including components of the International Diplomacy, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and Organisational and Employee Short Course Programs.

South African study

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences offers international study tours to undergraduates so they can understand and analyse key issues relating to the management of animals and natural resources overseas. The 3-week tour has previously taken Applied Science, Sustainable Agriculture, and Wildlife Science students to South Africa, where they collaborate with rural communities, and national and international institutions, such as the Southern African Wildlife College and the World Wildlife Fund.

UQ students can also study part of their degree at the University of Cape Town. In the past 5 years, 15 UQ students have studied in South Africa, and 5 South African students have studied at UQ under exchange agreements.

Alumni

More than 700 alumni live in sub-Saharan Africa. Alumni from or living in the region include:

Alumni

Mozambique

Provincial Coordinator of the Ariel Foundation; Alumni Ambassador for the Australia Awards program; UQ International Alumnus of the Year 2013 (Master of Public Health 2005)
Nigeria

Researcher and poet; 2016 Lynsey Welsh Award winner for innovation in near infrared science (Doctor of Philosophy 2017)

Fast facts

Sub-Saharan Africa region

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Angola

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 2
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Benin

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 8
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Botswana

Students: 14
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 58
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Burkina Faso

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

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Burundi

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 2
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Cabo Verde

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Cameroon

Students: 2
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 7
Co-publications: 15
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Central African Republic

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

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Chad

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

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
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Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Congo, Dem. Republic

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

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Congo, Republic

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Cote d'Ivoire

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 8
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Djibouti

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

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Equatorial Guinea

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

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Eritrea

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

Flag of Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Students: 20
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 18
Co-publications: 12
Project collaborations: 1
Agreements: 1
Trips: 25

Flag of Gabon

Gabon

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of The Gambia

The Gambia

Students: 3
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 8
Co-publications: 2
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Ghana

Ghana

Students: 16
Academic staff: 2
Alumni: 41
Co-publications: 16
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 4

Flag of Guinea

Guinea

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

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Guinea-Bissau

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

Flag of Kenya

Kenya

Students: 26
Academic staff: 4
Alumni: 97
Co-publications: 28
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 12

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Lesotho

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 9
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Liberia

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 8
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Madagascar

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 2
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 3

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Malawi

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 30
Co-publications: 10
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

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Mali

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 1
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Agreements: 0
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Mauritania

Students: 0
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Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
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Trips: 0

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Mauritius

Students: 10
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 36
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 3

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Mozambique

Students: 15
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 66
Co-publications: 7
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 5

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Namibia

Students: 1
Academic staff: 2
Alumni: 7
Co-publications: 2
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

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Niger

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

Flag of Nigeria

Nigeria

Students: 33
Academic staff: 5
Alumni: 45
Co-publications: 26
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 4

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Réunion

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 1
Co-publications: 3
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Rwanda

Students: 4
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 8
Co-publications: 6
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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São Tomé and Principe

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
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Senegal

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 1
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Seychelles

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 2
Co-publications: 4
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Sierra Leone

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 5
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Somalia

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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South Africa

Students: 28
Academic staff: 34
Alumni: 15
Co-publications: 132
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 3
Trips: 53

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South Sudan

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

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Swaziland

Students: 1
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 11
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

Flag of Tanzania

Tanzania

Students: 5
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 83
Co-publications: 12
Project collaborations: 1
Agreements: 0
Trips: 2

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Togo

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 4
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Uganda

Uganda

Students: 11
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 45
Co-publications: 13
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

Flag of Zambia

Zambia

Students: 8
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 55
Co-publications: 7
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 2

Flag of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Students: 14
Academic staff: 2
Alumni: 47
Co-publications: 5
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 4

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Fast facts based on 2016 full year data.