Australia & New Zealand Business Report 2017

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University of Queensland transforms innovations into practical solutions

China’s Baosteel funds research and development activities through the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre, with Boeing and the Hebei Iron and Steel Group also partnering with the university

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm

One of Australia’s most famous medical innovations, a vaccine that helps protect women from cervical cancer, will be available in China this year. GSK China has announced that Cervarix, which protects against the human papillomavirus, has been approved by the China Food and Drug Administration and licensed for use in the country.

The groundbreaking innovation is the result of research by Professor Ian Frazer and the late Dr Zhou Jian at The University of Queensland (UQ). UQ is an Australian university with a strong research focus. It ranks No 51 in the QS World University Rankings and No 55 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

“We envision knowledge leadership for a better world,” says vice-chancellor and president, professor Peter Høj. “People value UQ for many things, but two aspects stand out. Most importantly, we are valued for fantastic graduates who create positive change and have the preparedness and ambition to achieve over and above the norm because they have seen top researchers do so. The second key aspect is the development of partnered solutions to global problems and opportunities. To succeed in both these areas requires partnerships.”

Recognising the importance of industry connections, UQ opens its doors to working with companies that can fuel its research and development thrust.

“I have an ambition for UQ to become the best globally connected university in Australia,” Høj says.

UQ has a record of putting theories into practice, making it a globally preferred research partner and ideas incubator.

China’s Baosteel funds UQ research and development activities through the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre housed within the campus. Boeing is also setting up a research facility, moving 30 research staff onto campus. The Hebei Iron and Steel Group (HBIS) will invest US$3.87 million in the HBIS-UQ Innovation Centre for Sustainable Steel at UQ.

“In this interconnected world, it’s partner or perish,” Høj says.