Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

29 January 2016

An international collaboration between The University of Queensland and Japan’s Kyushu University (KU) is set to produce stronger research outcomes for both countries.

The ‘UQ-KU Project’ aims to accelerate and expand international collaborations between the two universities allowing for a wider range of engineering focused education and research opportunities.

UQ’s Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita said the strengthening of the partnership between the two universities will benefit both students and researchers alike.

“International linkages have been proven to result in more globally focused outcomes, in turn benefiting larger populations of citizens,” Associate Professor Nogita said.

“The partnership with Kyushu University will not only allow us to expand our research into the areas of Energy and Manufacturing, it will also provide us with the opportunity to develop a number of research collaborations in areas such as Science, Medicine and Arts.”

Building upon a previously signed Memorandum of Understanding, the UQ-KU Project is hoped to facilitate further collaborations between UQ and the Australia and Oceania region.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Professor Simon Biggs said international relations play a pivotal role in expanding both opportunities and outcomes.

“In order for us to effectively address the challenges of the future, we must look to global partnerships,” Professor Biggs said.

“It is only through a global outlook and global knowledge base that I believe we can truly begin to research and tackle worldly issues, and it is projects such as UQ-KU which are leading the way.” 

Media: Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita (k.nogita@uq.edu.au or +61 7 3365 3919); Madelene Flanagan (m.flanagan@uq.edu.au or +61 7 3365 8525)