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From Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

April 2022
The thoughts of all of us at the University of Southern Queensland are with those of you who have been affected by the recent floods across Queensland and New South Wales. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges over the past two years, and the recent weather events have added another layer of complexity for many. We have had some relatively minor damage to our buildings and facilities at the University, but have focussed our attention on ensuring that our impacted students and staff have our support to work through the challenges they are facing.

In spite all of this, 2022 is a special year for the University of Southern Queensland as we celebrate 55 years as an institution of higher learning and 30 years as a university.  We will be marking these milestones with a number of activities happening throughout the year; more information will be provided about these events in the coming months.

While discussing celebrations, I am very excited to let you know that the University of Southern Queensland is now ranked at 86 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, which is an increase of 30 places from last year. The Young University Rankings list the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger with the University achieving particularly outstanding results in the categories of research citations and international outlook.

As mentioned in this newsletter, the 2022 Alumnus of the Year Awards nominations are now open.  I hope that you will consider nominating your fellow alumni for these prestigious awards, which recognise the remarkable impact around the world that our graduates have, both professionally and personally. Our alumni are our greatest resource, and these awards are a great way of shining a light on those of you who are doing remarkable things.

Thank you for your support of the University, and I look forward to continued engagement with you.

Kind regards,
Professor Geraldine Mackenzie
Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, University of Southern Queensland