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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

UQ’s rise to 45th in the world further confirms the university’s status as a research and learning powerhouse

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

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The University of Queensland has pushed into the world’s top 50 on another university league table—this time the 2018 US News Best Global Universities assessment of the world’s top 1250 universities.

UQ Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ’s rise to rank 45—up from 52—was a confirmation of the university’s status as a research and learning powerhouse.

“This ranking follows on UQ’s strong performance in other respected rankings, such as the National University of Taiwan’s Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, where UQ this month rose to rank 41, up from 72 five years ago,” he said.

“That ranking and this latest table recognise UQ as one of Australia’s top three universities, along with the universities of Melbourne and Sydney.

“My congratulations go to everyone in the UQ community who has worked hard over many years to build the solid base of research and learning that is earning international plaudits,” Professor Byrne said.

The Best Global Universities ranking highlights UQ’s performance in key academic subject areas:

UQ’s Top 50 Subject Areas 2018 2017
Agricultural Sciences 24 25
Biology and Biochemistry 46 equal 48
Environment / Ecology equal 8 8
Microbiology equal 27 equal 28
Molecular Biology and Genetics 36 47
Pharmacology and Toxicology equal 24 26
Plant and Animal Science equal 18 21
Psychiatry / Psychology equal 49 49
Social Sciences and Public Health 22 equal 32

 

Last month UQ maintained its position within the top echelons of research institutions in the world, ranking 65th globally and fourth in Australia in the Times Higher Education University Ranking.

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management are available

Master of Integrated Water Management Scholarships

Are you interested in joining a global community of leaders that is changing the way we tackle complex water management challenges?

The International WaterCentre (IWC) provides education and training, applied research and knowledge services to implement a whole-of-water cycle approach and develop capacity in integrated water resource management.

Scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management are available

Brisbane’s City Cat ferries rely on proper water management

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is offering a full scholarships for high-calibre candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2018.

Up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (Type A – each valued at AUD 92,645* including tuition fees and living costs);
and one full tuition scholarship (valued at AUD $52,500*). *Scholarships values are subject to change and are relevant for the 2017 intake.

  • July 31, 2017: Applications close
  • August 23, 2017: Shortlisted applicants will be notified (via email)
  • November 1, 2017: Scholarships Selection Panel will make a final decision on successful recipients (by this date)
  • February 2018: the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management will commence at the University of Queensland

Eligibility requirements

To apply for a scholarship, you must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally recognised institution; and
  • have at least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program.

Although professional experience is not essential for admission in the MIWM program, candidates with relevant professional experience have a higher chance of securing a scholarship.

Selection criteria

The Scholarship Selection Panel will use the following selection criteria to assess and rank applications:

  1. Leadership qualities: including collaboration and teamwork, flexibility, initiative, communication skills, integrity and vision through professional, educational, community and other achievements.
  2. Professional and volunteering record: relevant employment and volunteering experience, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional references.
  3. Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study.
  4. Commitment to promoting and driving the implementation of collaborative, whole-of-water-cycle, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to water management.
  5. Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the water sector from participating in the MIWM program.

About the Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary, integrated approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. The degree is co-badged and co-delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from International WaterCentre’s  founding member universities: University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia.

The Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a transdisciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach. Students get the skills to consider the impacts of decisions systemically across environment, politics, law, science, culture, engineering, economics, health and society.

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 29, 2017

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Do you have questions about the Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland? Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Scholarships for international Master of Integrated Water Management candidates

Australia, the land of droughts and flooding rains is an ideal location to study water resource management issues.

Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth. It is a country whose water resources are highly susceptible to changes in temperature and the hydrological regime.

Scholarships for international Master of Integrated Water Management candidates

Students enrolled at UQ participate in a one-day field trip to Brisbane River.

The Australian water industry is globally respected for its knowledge and technical capability in a diverse range of water management practices, and Australian research efforts are increasingly recognising the importance of integrating different disciplines for more effective water policy.

Scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management candidates

The International WaterCentre (IWC) provides education and training, applied research and knowledge services to implement a whole-of-water cycle approach and develop capacity in integrated water resource management.

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is offering a full scholarship (valued at AU$52,500 for 18 months of study) for high calibre candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2018.

  • May 1, 2017: Applications open
  • July 31, 2017: Applications close
  • August 23, 2017: Shortlisted applicants will be notified (via email)
  • November 1, 2017: Scholarships Selection Panel will make a final decision on successful recipients (by this date)
  • February 2018: the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management will commence at the University of Queensland

Eligibility requirements

To apply for a scholarship, you must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally recognised institution; and
  • have at least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program.

Although professional experience is not essential for admission in the MIWM program, candidates with relevant professional experience have a higher chance of securing a scholarship.

Selection criteria

The Scholarship Selection Panel will use the following selection criteria to assess and rank applications:

  1. Leadership qualities: including collaboration and team work, flexibility, initiative, communication skills, integrity and vision through professional, educational, community and other achievements.
  2. Professional and volunteering record: relevant employment and volunteering experience, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional references.
  3. Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study.
  4. Commitment to promoting and driving the implementation of collaborative, whole-of-water-cycle, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to water management.
  5. Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the water sector from participating in the MIWM program.

About the Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary, integrated approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. The degree is co-badged and co-delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from International WaterCentre’s  founding member universities: University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia.

The Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a transdisciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach. Students get the skills to consider the impacts of decisions systemically across environment, politics, law, science, culture, engineering, economics, health and society.

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 29, 2017

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Do you have questions about the Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland? Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor to lead Group of Eight in 2017

The Group of Eight (Go8)—Australia’s leading research-intensive universities—has appointed University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj as its Chair for 2017.

Professor Høj worked at executive level in industry, government and universities before becoming Vice-Chancellor of UQ in October 2012.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor to lead Group of Eight in 2017

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj (Photo: UQ)

He has reinforced UQ’s stature as a leading university for teaching, research and commercialisation and overseen the development and implementation of a focussed international strategy.

Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson said Professor Høj would bring experience, determination and energy to the role as the organisation worked to increase political and community awareness of the value of its graduates and research outcomes to the Australian economy.

“We are keen to harness his skills as we work to secure long-term sustainable policy and funding direction from Government.”

Professor Høj said he was honoured to be elected Chair and looked forward to contributing to the leadership on behalf of Australia’s leading research universities.

“It will be a great privilege to speak on behalf of the Group of Eight and to advocate for sustainable funding for research and teaching that is critical to our nation’s future,” he said.

“Australia cannot deliver an innovation-driven knowledge economy without a world-class, well-resourced university sector that produces quality graduates and outstanding research combined with a strong desire to work in partnership with all sectors of the economy.

“One only has to look at the rise of Asian universities in key rankings to realise that higher education is fiercely competitive.

“International students are worth $19.2 billion in export revenue for Australia, and the nation can ill-afford to lose any ground.”

The University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President said six of the Go8 universities were ranked in the top 100 of the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities.

“That’s more than the entire nations of Canada, Germany or Japan. We need to build on this strength rather than put it at risk by having an unsustainable funding system.

“This is why the Group of Eight continues to advocate for a durable funding model for research of unquestionable quality and why I look forward to contributing to the national debate as chair.”

Professor Høj succeeds University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, who has chaired the Go8 throughout 2016.

Professor Spence said the Go8 would benefit from Professor Høj’s leadership.

“These are complex times for our sector, with uncertainty over funding and with Australia confronting a much increased competitive marketplace for international students,” Professor Spence said.

Professor Høj took up the position in January.

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Friday, October 14th, 2016

University of Queensland’s research excellence on the rise

The University of Queensland has risen two places in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, placing 43rd in the world and third in Australia.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Joanne Wright said the rankings, compiled by National Taiwan University, showed UQ’s continued upward trajectory—UQ rose 11 places in the same rankings last year.

University of Queensland’s research excellence on the rise

University of Queensland’s ranks highly for its research excellence

“Earlier this year UQ jumped 22 places up the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, to rank 55th globally and second in Australia,” she said.

“UQ’s continued success in international rankings such as this demonstrates that we are a high-quality university, especially when viewed against the increasingly strong competition of the world’s more than 10,000 universities.

“This achievement recognises the efforts and excellence of our researchers, staff, alumni and students, who all play a role in ensuring UQ continues to be a world-recognised leader in higher education.”

The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities measures university performance based on scientific papers, research productivity and scholarly impact, and also ranks universities across six fields.

“I’m pleased to see UQ place first in Australia in Agriculture and in Social Sciences, a reflection of our outstanding work in these across a range of institutes, schools and faculties,” Professor Wright said.

The University of Queensland placed seventh globally for Agriculture, and 25th for Social Sciences.

UQ’s results in other field rankings:

  • Third nationally and 64th globally for Engineering
  • Second nationally and 41st globally for Life Sciences
  • Sixth nationally and 141st globally for Natural Sciences
  • Fourth nationally and 79th globally for Clinical Medicine

Earlier this year, UQ placed number one in Australia in the Nature Index Top Academic Institutions, 51st globally in the QS World Rankings and 52nd in the US News Best Global University Rankings.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

UQ supports international students with new online job search platform

We’ve got an interesting tidbit for all of you intending to study at UQ.

The University of Queensland’s Advantage Office has launched Global Grad, a new online job vacancy platform for international students.

UQ Careers Service Manager Daniel Capper said the platform provides international students studying in Australia access to international job opportunities.

UQ supports international students with new online job search platform

The University of Queensland’s Advantage Office has launched Global Grad, a new online job vacancy platform for international students (Photo credit: UQ)

“Global Grad presents amazing employment opportunities to our international students while in Australia and allows them to place an application directly with the employer,” Mr Capper said.

“The resource addresses a gap that previously existed for international students who are away from their home country and may feel somewhat disconnected.

“The platform highlights graduate opportunities in their home country, provides direct links to applications and identifies international employers who are actively recruiting.”

Mr Capper said there was already considerable interest from employers to use the platform, despite its infancy.

“In the six weeks the platform has been available, 358 employers have listed vacancies available for international students,” he said.

“Some of the well-known companies advertising on the platform include Amazon, EY, Adidas, PayPal and Wells Fargo.

“The quantity of listed vacancies on Global Grad indicates that international students studying at UQ are well regarded by employers.”

Mr Capper said the platform is very user-friendly and takes a lot of the hassle out of conducting job searches.

“The platform is extremely easy to use, with the ability to undertake a general job search or to filter based on country of citizenship or work rights” he said.

International students studying at UQ can register and search for international job opportunities.

International employers are also encouraged to register for Global Grad and host graduate opportunities on the platform.

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Friday, May 13th, 2016

Apply for a Master of Integrated Water Management scholarship!

The Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary, integrated approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. The degree is co-badged and co-delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from International WaterCentre’s founding member universities: University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia.

UQ Master of Integrated Water Management

Brisbane’s City Cat ferries rely on proper water management

Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management program aims to build future leaders in water management with an emphasis on working either in rural international development, in urban water policy and management, or across stakeholders in the context of integrating water resource management for water, food, energy and environment. The program draws on the expertise of international leaders in education and research across a wide breadth of disciplines, taking a trans-disciplinary whole-of-water-cycle approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for developing and managing the implementation of innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water challenges.

This program is custom-designed to give participants the technical, managerial and leadership skills they need to create innovative and sustainable solutions to global water challenges. Three specialisation streams are available:

  1. International Development
  2. Urban Water
  3. Water, Land and People

Students will develop the strategic, managerial and technical skills they need to advance in the water sector. They will become familiar with all aspects of integrated water resource management; be capable of providing water management expertise to help reduce poverty through equitable and sustainable use of water; be skilled to provide technical and managerial input into planning, design and operation of water projects and facilities; understand the principles of managing water supply, wastewater treatment and urban infrastructure projects; recognise the socio-economic factors impacting on effective water solutions; and understand the governance and institutional frameworks underpinning water resource management. The program focuses on building the skills base of students in such areas as critical thinking, problem solving, statistics and data management, knowledge transfer and effective leadership.

While students enroll at UQ, modules are jointly delivered by world-leading industry experts and lecturers from IWC’s four founding universities. Upon graduation, students receive a co-badged degree. This means they receive a testamur with the logos of all four universities. For more information, visit the IWC website (www.watercentre.org/education/masters).

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 29, 2016

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management candidates

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is currently offering a full-tuition scholarship for a future water leader from North America, Europe and selected countries in Asia to study the Master of Integrated Water Management commencing in February 2017 at the University of Queensland.

  • U.S. and Canada citizens can apply for this scholarship (valued at AU$52,500)
  • Apply online by July 31, 2016
  • Note: unsuccessful U.S. and Canadian applicants for the scholarship who are self-funded will also have access to partial scholarships (up to the value of AU$9,500 – including AU$7,000 towards tuition fees and return flights to Australia)

MIWM Program & Scholarships Live Webinar 2016

IWC Senior Lecturer and Education Program Manager Dr Brian McIntosh will present the MIWM program, scholarships and answer questions on June 29, 2016 (Australia time). Register at https://watercentre.wufoo.eu/forms/miwm-program-scholarships-live-webinar-2016/

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016

UQ still Australia’s number one in influential Nature Index

The University of Queensland is again Australia’s highest-ranking institution on the Nature Index, further strengthening its global reputation as a top-tier research organisation.

UQ Sciences

UQ still Australia’s number one in influential Nature Index (Photo credit: UQ)

The index rates institutions and countries according to the number and quality of research publications across 68 of the world’s leading science journals, including journals within and outside the Nature publishing group.

UQ has retained the top spot as Australia’s highest-ranking university in the 2016 top academic institutions and top institutions tables.

The university has held the top position in Australia for the past two years.

The index ranks UQ at 89 among the world’s top academic institutions, and at 27 in the Asia-Pacific.

Harvard University ranks as the leading academic institution worldwide, followed by Stanford University. Monash University ranks at 93 globally, the Australian National University at 100, and the University of Melbourne at 130.

The rankings are based on the “weighted fractional count,” considered the most indicative of various measures that Nature Index publishes.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ continued its formidable performance in the life sciences—in fields including biology, microbiology, neuroscience, genetics, medicine and biotechnology.

“The index records that in 2015 the majority of UQ publications included in the Nature Index were the Life Sciences (weighted fractional count 47.17), followed by Chemistry (36.7), the Physical Sciences (18.72), and then Earth and Environmental Sciences  (7.14),” Professor Høj said.

He said the rankings highlighted the importance of collaboration between researchers and institutions.

“The vast majority of UQ’s research is co-published with other organisations, giving our researchers collaboration opportunities with many of the highest-ranked experts in the world.

“Equally, the world has access to UQ’s finest minds in the many areas where we have leading expertise.

“In this way, diverse knowledge and perspectives are brought to bear on problems we are tackling to create change to build a better world.”

Nature Index recently opened unrestricted access to annual tables showing the output of articles published from 2012 to 2015 from more than 8000 institutions worldwide.

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

University of Queensland ranked among world’s best

The University of Queensland is number one in Australia in two subject areas and among the world’s top 20 in four, a global review published this week confirms.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 places 11 UQ subject areas in the world’s top 30.

University of Queensland

University of Queensland ranked is among world’s best

UQ ranks at number one in Australia in Mineral Resources and Mining Engineering (10th globally) and Environmental Science (12th globally).

The university ranks 17th globally in Agriculture and Forestry and 18th in Education.

UQ’s other QS global top-30 subjects:

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s top-ranked subjects deserved their national and international acclaim.

“It’s fitting that a leading university in a biodiverse and resource-rich nation is among the world’s best in mining and environmental subjects,” he said.

“Our globally strong performance in these subjects is a reflection of UQ’s hard work in areas where we can create change for industry and the environment.”

Professor Høj said it was gratifying that the University of Queensland had high-ranking QS subjects across the wide span of the university’s endeavour.

“UQ’s quality teaching and research takes place across a comprehensive range of top-rated disciplines, with an enviable breadth not enjoyed by all universities,” he said.

“This interdisciplinary strength is a great asset to UQ researchers and students.”

Professor Høj said the QS subject data reflected UQ’s position among the world’s top 50 universities, as ranked in the QS World University Rankings and the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, and within the top 100 in another five key independent rankings.

QS assessed 42 subject areas in 2016, with 37 UQ subject areas featuring in the top 100.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject, published annually since 2011, highlights the world’s leading institutions in individual subject areas.

This year QS evaluated 4,226 universities in more than 60 countries.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Peter Høj re-endorsed to lead UQ

The Senate of The University of Queensland has extended the contract of its Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj for another five years.

Professor Høj, who has been in the role since October 2012, will now be able to serve until March 2021.

UQ Acting Chancellor Dr Jane Wilson congratulated Professor Høj on his achievements and vision for the university.

University of Queendland

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj (Photo credit: UQ)

“Professor Høj has shown impressive leadership and innovation in guiding the University, helping consolidate UQ’s position as a top-50 global university,” she said.

“Under his leadership, the university has continued to be consistently represented in the top three of all Australian universities, and has improved UQ’s standing in the world ranking tables, including the highly respected Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

“He has grown UQ’s collaborative links with government, industry and non-government partners.

“Professor Høj has demonstrated a strong commitment to research and teaching as well as a strategic approach to international and industry engagement.

“There are many challenges and exciting opportunities facing the university in the coming years and we will benefit from Professor Høj’s continued leadership and commitment to meeting these challenges.”

Dr Wilson also praised Professor Høj’s vision for a globally connected university, which he demonstrated by securing the University of Queensland’s early membership of edX, the not-for-profit massive open online course provider founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“UQ’s edX courses, branded UQx, have to date attracted approximately 750,000 enrolments and enhanced worldwide recognition of UQ’s learning and research,” she said.

Professor Høj said he was pleased and privileged to be continuing his role at the University.

“It’s a pleasure to lead such a well-respected organisation, and I’ve delighted in working with UQ’s outstanding staff, students and alumni,” he said.

“I hope to continue to build UQ’s momentum as a leader in the higher education sector and as a place where our staff, students and alumni continue to work on solutions to the world’s big issues.”

Professor Høj, who was previously the CEO of the Australian Wine Research Institute, CEO of the Australian Research Council and Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia, has a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Copenhagen. He has honorary doctorates from both the University of Copenhagen and the University of South Australia.

He previously served on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council for more than six years and is a past Board member of CSIRO and Universities Australia.

In addition to his Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, he is a Foreign Member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.