News and events

28 November 2018

QUT alumni have done some amazing things. All around the world our graduates are practicing at the forefront of technology, and leading the way in innovation and enterprise. 

Throughout 2018, many of our alumni have been recognised for the time, talent, and skills they bring to their individual professions - be it setting the bar for sustainable design, advocating for Indigenous rights, reimangining urban environments, or guiding the standards of good governance.  

Take a look at some of the awards and accolades QUT alumni received in 2018!

Joseph Kwan named Australia China Alumnus of the Year

In November, Creative Industries alumnus Joseph Kwan MH took out the top honour at the Australia China Alumni Association Awards, named 2018 Alumnus of the Year. Joseph has over 40 years of experience in architecture in Australia, the UK, France and Hong Kong and advises the likes of the World Bank, UN and HK government on accessibility design for infrastructure projects.

Architecture alumnus Tony Ip was the winner of the Arts and Creative Industries Outstanding Alumni Award. Tony is a fierce advocate of implementation of sustainable resources and helped design the first zero carbon building in Hong Kong.

Tony McAvoy SC named QUT Alumnus of the Year

The annual QUT Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise outstanding graduates of the university (and predecessor institutions), who have displayed exceptional professional, academic or research achievements and contributions to the community.

In October, Australia's first Indigenous Senior Counsel Tony McAvoy was named QUT Alumnus of the Year.

Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from QUT in 1988, and practises in the areas of native title and land rights, human rights and discrimination law, administrative law and coronial inquest and criminal law. He also received the Faculty of Law’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Lauren Mudd wins Minister's Town Planning Prize

In June, QUT Science and Engineering alumnus Lauren Mudd was awarded the Minister’s Town Planning Prize for her thesis on the residential preferences of Australia’s ageing population.

Lauren completed her Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) in 2017, with majors in Urban and Regional Planning, and Urban Development Construction. Her thesis focuses on the greater Brisbane region, and highlights an opportunity for increasing awareness of the benefits of higher-density environments for an elderly population.

Laode Syarif awarded Australian Alumni of the Year

In April, Master of Law alumnus Laode Syarif was awarded Australian Alumni of the Year at the Australian Embassy's Annual 'Welcome Home' event for Australian Alumni in Jakarta.

Laode completed his Master of Law at QUT in 2001 and later his PhD in Law at the University of Sydney. He has been a Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) Commissioner since December 2015 and is widely recognised for his contribution to anti-corruption, good governance and environmental law in Indonesia.

2018 Outstanding Alumni Award Winners



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