Newly-appointed Executive Dean of The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Professor Andrew Griffiths plans to strengthen the faculty’s international focus.
Previously Head of the UQ Business School, Professor Griffiths led a significant increase in the school’s revenue from international students as well as a significant increase in the quality of international applications.
“My aim is to continue developing and expanding our Asia Pacific focus as well as strengthening our ties in North America,” he said.
“The faculty will be driving research and exchange opportunities with other high-profile schools around the world.
“Our Business School is one of several UQ entities working on a major World Bank project in Indonesia and the Philippines – Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) – to unlock the natural wealth of coastlines, enhance local livelihoods and food security, improve community health and wellbeing, and sustain coastal ecosystems.”
Professor Griffiths said the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) would also expand its relationships with corporations and major institutes of management in India.
“This reflects Australia’s growing realisation of the trade and business opportunities India presents and our shared history as Commonwealth countries,” he said.
UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said Professor Griffith’s appointment came after a highly-competitive international search.
“The BEL Faculty has been at the vanguard of driving international growth for the university, with the Business School a core contributor to this performance,” he said.
“The growth in student enrolments and tuition has been achieved alongside a continued focus on quality.
“Under Professor Griffiths’ leadership, the school’s flagship Master of Business Administration program (MBA) increased its ranking from just inside the top 50 programs worldwide to being ranked by The Economist 10th internationally and first in the Asia Pacific in 2016.”
Professor Griffith said he also planned to strength the schools’ focus on sustainability and innovation.
“We are looking at curriculum changes that reflect entrepreneurship to create opportunities for students to start their own businesses and engage in commercial opportunities,” he said.
“We are also investigating ways our schools can collaborate with science and engineering to deliver a more holistic commercial/scientific/engineering view of the world to students.
“We plan to continue enhancing the student experience through greater inclusion of cutting edge technology and design in the classroom.”