Brisbane education leader recognised with coveted award

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The University of Queensland’s position as a leader in philanthropy has been recognised with a prestigious international award.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has bestowed the Asia-Pacific Leadership Award on UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC in recognition of his philanthropic leadership. 

Welcoming the honour, Professor Høj said the people who had really earned it were the UQ staff who partnered with generous and thoughtful donors.

“This award is recognition of the growing number of supporters who believe in our students and research,” he said.

“It’s particularly pleasing to receive this award as the University reaches 79 per cent of its ambitious $500 million fundraising goal through Not If, When — the Campaign to Create Change, due for completion in 2020.” 

Having been in preparation for several years, but officially launched in October 2017, the campaign has already supported the development of a potential treatment for dementia and provided scholarships for thousands of deserving students.

“The Not if, when campaign is a team effort — so this award is recognition of the team that works with our generous donor community to support vital research and promising students,” Professor Høj said.

The award will be presented at the 2019 CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference to be held in Brisbane April 8-11, 2019.

CASE President and CEO Ms Sue Cunningham congratulated Professor Høj and The University of Queensland on the success of the campaign.

“Leadership commitment is vital to achieving success in institutional advancement. It’s wonderful to recognise Professor Peter Høj for his vision for advancing education to change lives and society,” she said. 

“It is particularly fitting to present this award in Brisbane at the CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference, the first time CASE has held this event in Australia.”

The Not if, when campaign, which has received global recognition in its own right, has today expanded with a new instalment of stories illustrating what donors have achieved in partnership with UQ and what more can be done to support students and research.

The stories include students from rural and refugee backgrounds and the work of a medical researcher pioneering a world-first treatment for stroke.

University of Queensland Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) Ms Jennifer Karlson said the stories demonstrate what impact can be achieved when community members partner with UQ.

“We have made great gains thanks to the generosity of our community of donors, but there is still so much more for us to accomplish – these stories showcase why students and researchers need further philanthropic support.”

In addition to seeking philanthropic support, the campaign seeks to inspire UQ’s more than 270,000 alumni to reconnect or deepen their relationship with the University.

“Last year, 85 per cent of our donors were alumni, which is extraordinary and demonstrates how the sense of community fostered at UQ continues long after study concludes,” Ms Karlson said. 

“Their generosity builds a legacy for future generations.”

You can watch the latest campaign video here or support students, research or teaching here

Media: Mikaeli Costello, +61 7 3346 3913 or +61 401 580 685,

Professor Høj will receive the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Asia-Pacific Leadership Award at the 2019 CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference (APAC) in Brisbane at 8.30am on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.


About CASE Asia-Pacific Leadership Award
The CASE Asia-Pacific Leadership Award recognises CASE member institutional heads, presidents, chancellors, system heads or other campus chief executive officers for outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education and institutional advancement. 
Past Leadership Award winners from Australia include:
2017 Professor Margaret Gardner AO, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University
2016 Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Vice-Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology
2013 Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Melbourne
2011 Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University
2009 Paul Thomas AM, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Sunshine Coast
2008 Paul Sheahan AM, Headmaster, Melbourne Grammar School

About CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference
The CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference (APAC) is an annual four-day conference delivered through a variety of plenary and concurrent sessions as well as roundtable discussions to equip advancement professionals with vital skills to succeed in the ever-changing advancement landscape. 

For the first time in its 12-year history, the Conference is held in Brisbane, Australia. With approximately 45 sessions in various tracks covering Admissions, Advancement Services, Alumni and Community Engagement, Fundraising, and Marketing and Communications, and an expanded lineup of more than 100 speakers, APAC 2019 is the largest CASE conference in this part of the globe.

About CASE
CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global non-profit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

CASE has offices in Washington, D.C., London, Singapore and Mexico City. Member institutions include more than 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and non-profit organisations in 82 countries. CASE serves nearly 88,000 practitioners. For more information about CASE, please visit

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