New vice-chancellor for University of Queensland starts in August

In a statement Professor Terry said she was “honoured and delighted” to have been appointed as UQ’s next vice-chancellor.

“I look forward to building on Professor Høj’s significant legacy in order to lead UQ through its next phase of development and impact.”

UQ chancellor Peter Varghese said UQ Senate’s appointed Professor Terry unanimously.

“During Professor Terry’s time at Curtin, the university’s global reputation and rankings have significantly improved,” Mr Varghese said.

“Curtin is now widely considered to be one of Australia’s rapidly rising universities and is ranked number one for graduate employment in Western Australia.

“It has opened a new medical school, a law centre and commenced work on a new innovation precinct,” he said.

UQ students were slowly returning to face-to-face lessons and the university has had to curtail its capital works program because of revenue losses triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Queensland vice-chancellor Peter Hoj retires after eight years as UQ's Vice-Chancellor on July 30.

University of Queensland vice-chancellor Peter Hoj retires after eight years as UQ’s Vice-Chancellor on July 30.Credit:Damien Bredberg

“Like many industries, the university sector is going through significant change, combined with much economic and political uncertainty,” Mr Varghese said.

He paid tribute to Professor Høj, who he said had boosted international student numbers, moved the university budget to surplus and instigated a major review of university facilities.

“Peter has also led the development of UQ’s first philanthropic campaign, which has now raised $400 million of our $500 million target,” he said.

“Last year alone, we awarded scholarships to more than 505 students who otherwise may not have had the chance to study at UQ.”

He said Professor Høj’s time at the university – despite some student unrest at some UQ decisions – had seen an increase in the university’s international ranking.

“When Peter took up the vice-chancellor position, UQ was ranked 90 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities,” he said.

“Today it is ranked 55.

“From a research perspective, Peter has overseen an improvement in UQ’s international rankings, consolidating its top-50 global position, continuing its strong track record of research commercialisation and deep global partnerships with world-renowned institutions.”

In other changes at the university, Professor Bronwyn Lea was elected by academic staff to the University Senate and began work on July 1.

Semester two starts on August 3.

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