QUT Entrepreneurship inspires and amplifies opportunities for students, alumni, and staff to realise their entrepreneurial capabilities. We take time to understand what future entrepreneurs need to develop their business ventures, as well as their study success. We’re invested in the next generation of entrepreneurs that will make an impact in Queensland, Australia, and internationally.
Some of the regular entrepreneurial community events are:
#CountdownToQUT has been successful in supporting future students by providing them with all the necessary information they need to confidently start their new journey as QUT students. This initiative will continue to provide centralised practical information as student ambassadors countdown to Orientation Week with their weekly stories and tips for future students. There will also be an opportunity for your students to directly get in touch with student ambassadors if they have any questions.
The next #CountdownToQUT for Semester 2 2020 will commence on 4 May 2020. We encourage our agents and partners to share and promote this valuable resource to your students; whether they are considering QUT, or are preparing to transition and integrate into the QUT community for the upcoming semester!
The 2019 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Awards was held on Sunday 17 March. A big congratulations to Dr Richard Watanabe – Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) 1993 winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award and Vicky (Hsiu-Heng) Chung – Bachelor of Nursing 2009 who won the Young Alumni Award.
Dr Watanabe is currently working as Partner and Financial Services Leader at PWC Taiwan and Asia-Pacific. He has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in the financial services sector. He has also contributed significantly to Australia-Taiwan relations, including as founding President of the Taiwan Australia Alumni Association.
Ms Chung is working as the Section Head Health Management Division at the Department of Health, New Taipei City Government. She has demonstrated leadership in the medical field by dedicating her time and skills to improve the health and well-being of her community in Taiwan.
The Minister of State for Food Security, Her Excellency Mariam Bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi visited QUT on 8 August 2018. Her Excellency is newly appointed in this role to develop a Food Security Strategy to future proof the country’s food production capabilities.
The focus of the visit was in the areas of:
Aquaculture Technology and AgTech/ Water Technology useful in UAE
Food waste management solutions and food-water-energy nexus innovations.
Nutrition and R&D
The Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia made his first official visit to Queensland in September and included QUT as part of his program. During his visit, His Excellency Mr Jaime Bueno-Miranda met with QUT’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research Development), Professor Helen Klaebe and Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Professor Sagadevan Mundree.
The Honourable Brian Sandoval, Governor of the State of Nevada led a delegation to Queensland in August 2018. Governor Sandoval visited QUT for the second time (first time in 2016) on 31 August 2018. The purpose of this visit was to provide an update on the QUT/University of Nevada Reno relationship in research related to driverless vehicles, air quality, exhaust emissions and hydrological sciences and to discuss other areas, both new and existing, where there is opportunity for collaboration.
QUT representatives held a training workshop in Bengaluru, India for 59 agent team leaders from across the country.
QUT courses prepares students for the rapidly changing real-world with a balanced mix of theory and practical experiences. The presenters were from the faculties of Science and Engineering, Health, Business, Education and QUT International College, and they delivered updates on how the disciplines are relevant in the industry and how students can implement this in their studies.
QUT’s Three Minute Thesis Competition finals were held on 11 September. The presentations were the usual high calibre with fascinating topics and great speakers. John Paul Cauchi, from the Faculty of Health, won first place with his presentation about his research: ‘Climate Change, Food Security and Health in Kiribati’. John Paul will go on to represent QUT at the Asia-Pacific final at the end of the month. Edmund Pickering won the people’s choice award for his presentation: ‘Measuring mechanical properties at the nanoscale’.
QUT will welcome international students currently studying Year 11 & 12 in Australia to QUT (Gardens Point campus) on Monday 22 October. This is a scheduled pupil free day which means most likely, your high school student will not need to attend school on that day. It will be a great opportunity for international students to explore QUT, talk to current QUT international students and meet new friends considering study at QUT after high school.
Students will be placed in a team with friends and will complete against other teams in fun activities and games around the campus. If they are coming on their own, we’ll place them in a team of new friends.
On the day, students will receive:
a free QUT T-shirt
a chance to win amazing prizes
an opportunity to bond with fellow students over a free burrito bowl lunch
advice on how to start planning for uni studies and future career
Please promote this event to your international Year 11 & 12 students in Australia and encourage them to register: www.qut.edu.au/events/high-school-day
We welcome international visiting delegations from all over the world, including institutional partners, government bodies, research and industry. Experiencing our campuses, facilities, research and student life is a great way to strengthen ties with our institution. If you know of a delegation that would like to make an official visit to QUT, you can direct them to complete the visitor request form (or you can fill it out on their behalf) at least 3 weeks prior to the visit taking place. We will endeavour to accommodate all requests for visits, however, please note that QUT International will evaluate all visit requests alongside strategic planning priorities. This may mean some visit requests will not be accommodated.
China Guangdong Cleaner Production Association- May 2018
A delegation led by the China Guangdong Cleaner Production Association which is guided by Guangdong Government to implement clean production and environment protection affairs, visited QUT in May 2018. The purpose of the visit was to explore investment and collaboration opportunities between China and Australia in the area of green and clean production and technology, also environment protection.
Ambassador of Poland, His Excellency, Ambassador Michal Kolodziejski – 19 June 2018
The Ambassador of Poland made his first official visit to Queensland in June 2018. During his visit to QUT he met with Professor Scott Sheppard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, International and Development, Ms Tze Ay Chuah, Executive Director, QUT International, Professor Lidia Morawska, Professor, School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology and Molecular Science and Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz, Professor and PwC Shair in Digital Economy. Professor Morawska and Professor Kowalkiewicz have strong research connections with Kozminski University, Warsaw School of Economics and Politechnika Lubelska. Kozminski University and Warsaw School of Economics are both formal partners of QUT with Students Exchange Agreements in place.
Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore -12 June 2018
Group of 35 Engineering students from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore visited QUT to learn about QUT’s offerings in the world of Science and Engineering. The faculty’s student ambassadors spend time with the group exploring the campus and showcasing our Robotics Vision Centre and The Cube.
This week we said Farewell to our international Study Abroad and Exchange students who have been studying at QUT this semester. It was a fun afternoon held on campus at our Uni bar, complete with free pizza!
QUT Exchange students who are preparing to go abroad next semester also attended the event and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to meet some people from the countries and universities they’ll be studying in over the coming months.
A team of students from Mahamaya Girls College, Kandy, Sri Lanka are coming to Brisbane to take part in QUT Business School’s BlueShift Business Case Competition, held in May.
The students recently won the Chartered Accountants Business Plan Competition sponsored by the QUT Business School and the Sri Lanka Australia Chamber of Commerce. As part of the prize the winning team is being sponsored to come to Brisbane and take part in the annual QUT BlueShift Business Case Competition. BlueShift is specifically designed for high school students in Year 11 and 12. The team from Mahamaya Girls College will be the first international team to take part in the competition.
The team of five came up with an innovative idea for a new healthy iced tea drink called STeaSpice which they presented to a panel of industry and academic experts at the final held in the Chartered Accountants offices in Colombo. To win they had to beat an impressive range of ideas coming from 40 different schools across six regions in Sri Lanka and had to demonstrate their ability to create strategic, marketing, HR and Financial plans to support the viability, production and sale of their product.
The QUT Business School has become a leader in involvement and development of business case competitions for the benefit of students. In addition to our students outstanding success in competing in international competitions, QUT Business School hosts the National BlueShift competition for Australian high schools as well as international competitions for undergraduate and postgraduate students. We are now seeking to expand opportunities for high school students internationally to take advantage of the use of competitions to boost their business skills. The success of the Chartered Accountants Sri Lankan Business Plan competition is the first step in this direction.
Photo: The winning Mahamaya Girls School team being questioned by Professor Peter Green, Head of School of Accountancy at QUT Business School.