The University of Queensland – Kyushu University Oceania Project

The 'UQ-KU project' is focussed on strengthening academic research and educational cooperation between UQ and Kyushu University and promoting Australia-Japan international research and education collaborations. 

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About the UQ-KU Project

To increase the practical collaboration activities between the University of Queensland (UQ) and Kyushu University (KU), we have established the UQ-KU Project. The main target of this project is to facilitate collaborative activities through the coordinators based at UQ and KU. The appointed coordinators are Prof. Syo Matsumura of the Graduate school of Engineering at KU and Prof. Kazuhiro Nogita of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at UQ, who is an alumnus of KU.

The project will provide an avenue for: (1) academic exchange (undergraduate and graduate student exchange, researcher  exchange, joint research publications and presentations); (2) education opportunities (lectures, education projects, and industry-university collaborations); (3) support services (communications and public affairs, exchange student assistance).

UQ-KU Relationship

Despite the existing MOU between Kyushu University and UQ over the past 21 years (since 1993) there has been a relatively modest level of interaction between the two universities.  Primarily through the interactions of the NS CMEM ( at the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, UQ this situation has begun to change over the past few years.  This has included a visit from A/Prof. Nogita to Kyushu University in 2011 as a JSPS Fellow and his participation as an invited professor in the delivery of an annual lecture series on “Energy Materials” since 2012. Mr Jonathan Read has also delivered an annual lecture on “Engineering Ethics” since 2012. A UQ PhD student spent 3 months at Kyushu University between November 2013-February 2014 as an occupational trainee.  In addition, UQ has also hosted visitors from Kyushu University including a Kyushu University Masters student who spent 6 months at NS CMEM, UQ between April to September 2013 as an occupational trainee.

About Kyushu University

Kyushu University (locally known as Kyudai) has dates back to 1903 when it was named Fukuoka Medical College. Shortly afterwards in 1911, Kyushu University was established as the fourth Imperial University after the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Tohoku University. Currently, Kyushu University is one of Japan's top 8 research-intensive universities and is able to attract students with an excellent academic record from across Japan and overseas. The university includes approximately 12,000 undergraduates, and 1,700 postgraduates, as well as some 2,200 faculty members and 4,000 staff. In 2011 Kyushu University celebrated its centenary and in those 100 years, KU produced 130,000 undergraduate students and 70,000 graduate students.

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Past events

January 2021UQ-KU guest lecture series – Prof Kazuhiro Nogita - Systems for large scale hydrogen storage and delivery
December 2020UQ-KU guest lecture series – Mr Jonathan Read - Engineering Ethics
December 2020UQ-KU Education Forum 2020 Teaching Effectively in the time of COVID-19
September 2020Q2PEC online engineering lectures “Engineering Week”  for Kyushu University Students
August to September 2019Q2PEC2019, 20 KU School of Engineering and 10 School of Economics students at ICTE-UQ
September 2019Young Academics Program for Kyushu University, 10 KU T&R academics at ICTE-UQ
July 2019New Colombo Plan Mobility Project, 15 UQ Engineering students at Kyushu University
17th September to 22nd September 2018Young Academics Program for Kyushu University, 10 KU T&R academics at ICTE-UQ
7th September 2018MAJIT Interpreting Forum, New Colombo Program “Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing in Japan - Creating Opportunities for Australia's Future Mechanical and Mining Engineers”,
Speaker: Prof Kazuhiro Nogita
20th August to 29th September 2018Q2PEC2018, 20 KU Engineering students at ICTE-UQ
1st July to 16th July 2018New Colombo Plan Mobility Project, 20 UQ Engineering students at Kyushu University
20th August to 30th September 2017Q2PEC2017, 20 KU Engineering students at ICTE-UQ
2nd July to 16th July 2017New Colombo Plan Mobility Project, 15 UQ Engineering students at Kyushu University
28th August to 2nd October 2016Q²PEC2016, 20 KU Engineering students at ICTE-UQ
2nd September 2016"MAJIT Interpreting Forum, UQ-KU project: Speaker: A/Prof Kazuhiro Nogita
25th November 2015Kyushu University President visits the University of Queensland’s International Delegation.
24th November 2015Japan-Australia University Symposium 2015 at the University of Sydney, hosted by Kyushu University.
23rd August– 26th September 2015Q²PEC2015, where 18 KU Engineering students visited the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education(ICTE) at the University of Queensland.
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Our people

Professor Kazuhiro Nogita

Dr Nogita is the manager of the UQ-KU Project. He has acted as an invited Professor at Kyushu University in the delivery of an annual lecture series on Energy Materials since 2012.

Mr Jonathan Read

Mr Read is the administrator of UQ-KU Project. Mr Read has delivered an annual lecture on Engineering Ethics at Kyushu University since 2012.

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Contact us

Professor Kazuhiro Nogita
Manager of UQ-KU Project

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering,
The University of Queensland Office 644,
Advanced Engineering Bldg,
49 Jocks Rd,
St. Lucia, Brisbane,
QLD 4072

t: +61-7-3365-3919, 

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