The University of Queensland in Saint Lucia recently welcomed several improvements to their campus. These improvements bring in significant changes to a university which is already well known for its world-class education and facilities.


Boeing Invasion

Last month, Boeing Research and Technology Australia relocated its Brisbane-based team to a new centre at the UQ. This marks as the first for the company in the Asia-Pacific region to have a facility within a university.

According to Maureen Dougherty, the Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific President, the collaboration will benefit both institutions, “The opening of this centre on campus brings together Boeing and UQ researchers who will collaborate on the next great advances in aerospace. We are excited to see our relationship with The University of Queensland take this significant step forward,” she said.

Boeing and UQ have been partners for over 13 years and this move into the campus boosts the confidence of the students, graduates, and staff.


A New Swimming Pool

The UQ Sport Aquatic Centre also just recently unveiled its new 25-metre heated swimming pool, which is a part of their $3.4 million redevelopment project.

The pool consists of nine lanes, heated to a comfortable 29°C, which will be open for learn-to-swim lessons, pool parties, lap swimming, and swim squad sessions. There is a growing demand for facilities and the new heated pool is seen to boost facility usage even further.

The area surrounding the Aquatic Centre has also undergone landscaping improvements.


Another Research Facility

This mid-year, the university will build an $8.5 million research hub for the improvement of medical imaging technology. The new research facility will be built using funds provided by a $4.7 million grant from the Australian Research Council, which consists of a $3.8 million cash grant and various other contributions in kind from the Council’s industry partners. This upcoming research facility is expected to play a huge role in the future of biomedical imaging.