UQ to celebrate outstanding alumni

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A globally influential Australian investor, one of the only women in the world to run a privatised airport, and leaders in engineering, diplomatic services and agriculture are among 17 outstanding graduates who will receive The University of Queensland’s 2014 Alumni Awards.

They will be celebrated at UQ’s annual Courting the Greats ceremony on Thursday 2 October 2014.

Thirteen of the recipients were selected by UQ including five for the Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Awards, five within the Distinguished Young Alumni Awards, an International Alumnus of the Year, an Indigenous Community Impact Award and a Colleges’ UQ Alumni Award.

The 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Awards will be awarded to:

The 13 recipients were nominated and endorsed by their peers and selected by a committee led by UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj.

“The award winners are all UQ graduates who have demonstrated their determination to succeed and make a positive impact on their communities,” Professor Høj said.

“UQ has more than 215,000 alumni spread across the globe, and this year’s award-winners are working to create a better world not only in Australia, but in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.

“We are delighted that they are part of the University of Queensland family.

“They are an inspiration to other alumni, and to UQ staff and students.”

The alumni awards were introduced in 1992, and the first Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Awards were presented in 2013.

Previous winners of the UQ Alumnus of the Year award have included Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, author David Malouf, Dow Chemical Company Chairman Andrew Liveris, leading melanoma researcher Professor Adéle Green AC, Wotif.com founders Graeme Wood AM and Andrew Brice AM, former Governor-General Dr Quentin Bryce AD and former Governor of Queensland Dr Penelope Wensley AC. 

The Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. selected four award-recipients separately to UQ, and these will also be presented at the Courting the Greats ceremony.

Click here to register for Courting the Greats.

Full details of The University of Queensland 2014 Alumni Award-winners can be seen here.

Distinguished Young Alumni Awards           

International Alumnus of the Year          

  • Professor Endang Sukara (Indonesia) - A highly recognised and acclaimed scientist in his homeland of Indonesia, and a passionate advocate of scientific learning.

Indigenous Community Impact Award       

  • Professor Megan Davis - Professor of Law, a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and a United Nations expert member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples.

Colleges’ UQ Alumni Award      

  • Mr Malcolm Snow (International House) - Passionate urban planner and advocate for his profession, with a lifelong commitment to changing the future for the better.

Alumni Friends of the University of Queensland Inc. Awards

Alumnus of the Year

  • Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO - One of the most respected public figures in Queensland who has an outstanding record of service to the Australian public and business community.

Graduates of the Year

Each Graduate of the Year graduated with a perfect 7.0 GPA, First Class Honours and the University Medal.

Further information: Mark Schroder – Manager, Marketing and Communications (Advancement) – 0403 481 758 or m.schroder@uq.edu.au

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