UQ and North-East Asia

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UQ has more student mobility, research collaborations, and commercialisation partnerships with China than with almost any other country.

Collaboration in action

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.

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.

Pandemic protection: ‘animal-disease detectives’ safeguarding health

A UQ researcher is helping train 'animal-disease detectives' to protect animals and humans from the threat of future pandemics. Associate Professor Joerg Henning is part of the Asia Pacific Consortium of Veterinary Epidemiology (APCOVE) project, teaching veterinarians and animal epidemiologists in South East Asia how to stop destructive pathogens before they spread.

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 30 Mongolian students have studied at UQ via a scholarship since 2017, half of whom have been funded by the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Program. In addition, 15 students have been funded by the Mongolian Government’s Ministry of Training & Education, and 2 have 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 Hong Kong and China

Each year, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) supports an undergraduate student from UQ to undertake an exchange semester to the Chinese University of Hong Kong or Sun Yat Sen University in China. The value of the Overseas Study Assistance Scholarship is A$5000.

Hong Kong SAR exchange

Students can study at UQ partner institution – the Chinese University of Hong Kong – and gain credit towards their degree in 12 different disciplines from Environmental Science, and International Relations to Psychology. This New Colombo Plan-funded exchange opportunity enables students to gain a new perspective on their studies and broaden future employment opportunities. 


UQ has more than 10,570 North-East Asian Alumni, including:


One of Japan’s most respected APAC specialists and CEO, Melanie Brock Advisory (Bachelor of Arts 1989, Master of Literary Studies 1990)
Hong Kong SAR

Founder of a consulting business on the Asian financial industry, The LaunchPad.Biz; Co-founder and international expert ZiAsset Consulting; author and expert on Asia's finance industry (MBA 1982)
Hong Kong SAR

Kingsford Environmental founder, International Alumnus of the Year 2012 (PhD 1995). Professor Ho's Kingsford Environmental Group also provided a generous gift to the Andrew N. Liveris building.
Hong Kong SAR

Medical professional, International Alumnus of the Year 2010 (MBBS 1965, Doctor of Medicine 1995). Dr Yuen also gifted The Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese Antiquities to UQ Art Museum.
Hong Kong SAR

Managing Director Goldman Sachs, Head of Asia Alternative Capital Markets Group (Bachelor of Commerce 2006)
Hong Kong SAR

Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, SJM Holdings Ltd: leading owner, operator and developer of casinos and integrated entertainment resorts in Macau (MBA 1998)

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

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