Building on the focus areas outlined in the UQ Strategic Plan (2018 and beyond), the UQ Global Strategy is underpinned by five key objectives that will require a whole-of-institution approach to global partnerships and a commitment to delivering global outcomes.

1. Strengthen UQ’s profile to deliver globally significant impact

UQ’s vision is ‘knowledge leadership for a better world’. Our international efforts are aimed at achieving this vision through increasing our global connectedness to enhance research and academic efforts that deliver greater engagement and impact. By collaborating with international partners, we will produce cutting-edge publications and relevant research outputs that address pressing global challenges, along with graduates who are effective leaders on the world stage. Furthermore, we will communicate and profile this impact, which improve UQ’s position in international rankings and lead to broad recognition of the University as a truly global institution.

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2. Create a strategic global footprint and network

Integral to creating global impact is our collaboration with an international network of universities, research institutes, industry organisations and government bodies with whom we share values and can benefit from complementary expertise and resources. UQ’s Partner Engagement Framework supports these efforts and outlines our approach to streamlined, targeted engagement with strategic partners. UQ’s outreach is greatly strengthened and extended through our offshore presence comprising UQ representatives and physical offices in key markets, including UQ offices in Jakarta and Washington D.C., and the Sustainable Minerals Institute International Centre of Excellence in Chile (SMIICE-Chile) facility in Santiago. These networks support staff and student mobility and assist with fostering closer linkages, local insight and increased visibility within countries with whom UQ seeks to be more highly engaged.

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3. Attract the best staff and students

UQ is dedicated to fostering a cohesive and inclusive campus culture that nurtures creativity, diversity, innovation and social responsibility. Attracting the best staff and students from around the world is vital to creating a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment where research and teaching excellence thrives and where UQ can be recognised as an employer of choice. Welcoming international staff, researchers, scientists and students will enrich the workplace and classroom experience for the entire UQ community, build cross-cultural competencies and foster reciprocal linkages through valued alumni networks to strengthen our global connectedness.

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4. Contribute to a diversification of income streams

With the decline in government research funding and shifting higher education funding policies, it is crucial that UQ creates diversified and sustainable revenue streams to maintain our research and teaching excellence and, in turn, heighten our global positioning. Moreover, research funding schemes are placing increased emphasis upon translation of research outcomes and cross-sectoral collaboration to be competitive. Success will be achieved through a variety of mechanisms including continued international student tuition fees, and accessing international research grants, industry and philanthropic funding through collaborations with strategic partners globally. These revenue streams will be channeled back to benefit UQ’s research, teaching and student services.

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5. Transformative international experiences to develop game-changing graduates

UQ is committed to delivering an exceptional student experience and the UQ Student Strategy has been developed as a blueprint with this in mind. The Global Strategy will directly support elements of the Student Strategy by leveraging UQ’s global network of academic and research institutions, government, industry and community links to offer a greater variety of global mobility programs for UQ students, along with opportunities to experience world-leading innovation programs that support the development of entrepreneurship and employability skills. Coordinated support will also be provided to accessing a range of Australian and international funding schemes to enable a broader cross-section of the student body, including Indigenous students, to participate in such experiences.

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