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Aurecon and the University of Queensland collaborate to create change

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC and Aurecon Global CEO Bill Cox have agreed to collaborate to lead change.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC and Aurecon Global CEO Bill Cox have agreed to collaborate to lead change

04 April 2019 – Industry and university partnerships aren’t new, but global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon and the University of Queensland (UQ) have joined forces to lead change in how these collaborations impact on students and business.

The partnership, which was signed by UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC and Aurecon Global CEO Bill Cox on 28 March, will challenge the status quo of how industry and education engage, and will support project-based collaboration.

Initially, UQ and Aurecon will focus on creating future ready graduates and develop distinctive models of entrepreneurship and innovation. There is also the potential to explore the exchange of talent and resources across both organisations.

Cox said Aurecon was committed to working with UQ to develop the next generation of eminent designers, who can explore the digital frontier and champion excellence across diverse communities.

“When you create something, it is a catalyst for embracing new ways of thinking, a spark to explore different ideas, embrace innovation and a way to develop connections between people and places,” he said.

“Collectively, we are uniquely placed to find and solve the big challenges facing the world. I believe we have the power to grow together and to make a real difference through the work we do.”

The partnership draws on strong existing links between UQ and Aurecon spanning research collaboration, consultancy, diversity and alumni leadership, guest lecturing, mentorship, student recruitment and alumni engagement. Aurecon also sponsors UQ’s Geotechnical Engineering Centre with undergraduate programs, an active research programme, and specialised consulting activities.

Professor Høj said workplace integrated learning was not only an important part of the student experience, but also supported diverse thinking and creative thought leadership.

“As a highly ranked global institution for engineering, UQ’s continuing ambition is to create meaningful opportunities for industry partners to connect with us, to create change and, together, to shape our global future,” he said.

“We are excited by the possibilities of partnering with such a globally connected company as Aurecon, which, like UQ, recognises the importance of preparing agile and future-ready students with skills in critical and creative thinking, problem-solving and teamwork.”

To find out more, please contact Dr Jessica Gallagher, Director, UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship. +61 7 3346 7869, j.gallagher@uq.edu.au.

This media release originally appeared on the University of Queensland’s official website.

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