UQ and the Pacific

From good neighbours to strategic partners

As our closest international neighbours, UQ and the diverse countries of the Pacific share longstanding relationships. With an emphasis on medicine, health, science and international development, we are working together to strengthen economic , governance, health and social systems throughout the Pacific. One of the world’s most biodiverse regions, our collaborative efforts also contribute to understanding and protecting the oceans, crops and animals that its communities rely on.

Fast facts

Excludes Australia.


Students from the Pacific enrolled at UQ


Pacific-UQ co-publications


academic staff born in the Pacific


research project collaborations


alumni in the Pacific


agreements with 6 official partners

Fast facts show full year 2022 data. 

Collaboration in action

  • As a new group of UQ medical students prepare to volunteer in Papua New Guinea, third-year medical student Rose Blackwood reflects on her experience as part of the project.
  • The University of Queensland and Newcrest Mining Limited have signed a partnership agreement that paves the way for long-term education, training and research activities.
  • More than 270 University of Queensland students will reap the rewards of more than $1.23 million allocated to UQ in the latest round of Federal Government New Colombo Plan mobility program funding.
  • Collaborating with international researchers and non-government organisations, The University of Queensland’s Professor Jennifer Corrin is working to find solutions to the problems that arise from legal pluralism – the co-existence of different legal systems within one social field.
  • To commemorate 40 years since the Solomon Islands gained independence from the United Kingdom, a University of Queensland historian will visit the country as a guest of the Australian High Commission.
  • Six School of Languages and Cultures students from The University of Queensland were the first ever to study in New Caledonia on the New Colombo Plan Short-Term Mobility Program



UQ has more than 2,080 alumni in the Pacific (excluding Australia). Alumni with strong links to the region include:

Papua New Guinea

Minister for Finance and Rural Development, Papua New Guinea (Bachelor of Economics, 1989)
Papua New Guinea

Former High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science 1974) (Served in PNG from 2 December 2005 to 25 February 2020).

President of Kiribati (Master of Economic Studies 2002)

Legal scholar and Executive Director of the Samoa Law Reform Commission (PhD, 2013)
Solomon Islands

Deputy Director-General at Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, Solomon Islands (Bachelor of Applied Science 1998). Moved back to Australia in April 2019 as the new CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the next five years.

Leader of the National Federation Party, Shadow Minister for Finance, Planning and National Statistics, Fiji (PhD 1998)
Papua New Guinea

Director of the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PhD Applied Economics 2013)
Papua New Guinea

Former Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Papua New Guinea (Masters of Agribusiness 2002)

Commissioner of Police & Superintendent of Prison at Kiribati Police and Prison Service (Master of Philosophy 2004)
Papua New Guinea

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Papua New Guinea (Bachelor of Arts 1989)

Summer and Winter Olympian for Taekwondo and cross-country skiing representing Tonga (Bachelor of Engineering 2007)

350 Pacific Brisbane Assistant Coordinator. Former President of UQ South Pacific Islander Association (Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Science 2019).