- 31% of the School's 2012 enrolments were students from overseas.
- Students come from more than 50 countries, but as a small number of countries dominate (Singapore, Malaysia, China, India), increased diversity is a School objective.
- Student exchange numbers are rising, with greater encouragement for Australian students to have an overseas university experience as part of their UQ degree.
- SCMB has participated in the delivery of UQ degree programs in Brunei and Malaysia and plans to co-deliver a progam in Indonesia from 2014.
- Travel grants to attend conferences and undertake collaborative research overseas are available to confirmed research higher degree students.
- Occupational trainees (overseas postgraduate students doing an internship) from many countries are hosted in our labs.
- A global perspective is brought to the content of many of our courses.
- 32% of the School's 2012 academic staff with continuing appointments obtained their PhD outside Australia.
- Academic staff maintain many international research linkages and frequently travel to meet colleagues at their institutions and at conferences. Reciprocal visits to UQ are hosted on an ongoing basis.
- Early-career researchers can access School travel grants to fund attendance at overseas conferences.
- Research grants funded from overseas (some to the value of more than $5M each) include:
- A Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for mosquito disease research to Prof Paul Young
- A US National Institutes of Health grant for West Nile virus vaccine development to Prof Alex Kromykh and Prof Roy Hall
- A consortium (including the US Dept of Energy) grant for organic solar cell research to Prof Paul Burn and others
- A University of Texas grant for gene expression in alcoholism to Assoc Prof Peter Dodd
- Alumni of the School are scattered across the globe and we wish to increase our contact with them to learn of their successes.
- Recent international outreach activities include participation in a delegation to Latin America to explore new linkages; and a public lecture in Chennai, India, on how UQ biotechnology is responding to the challenges of global change, such as disease detection and prevention, biofuel production from non-food crops, and drug development from natural products.
- The School has an active International Development Committee which has carriage of a strategic plan.