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Xiaoling Liu named QUT Chancellor

11 October 2019

Academy Fellow Dr Xiaoling Liu FTSE has been appointed Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology. Dr Liu is a company director and minerals industry leader with a passion for technology and higher education.

QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil FTSE, who is also a Fellow, said the university was honoured that Dr Liu had accepted the appointment to lead QUT’s Council.

“Dr Liu is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and has impeccable academic credentials having undertaken her PhD at Imperial College London after completing her Bachelor of Engineering at Chongqing University in China,” Professor Sheil said.

“Her industry experience across several continents provides her with a diverse and global perspective that aligns perfectly with the aspirations of many QUT students and graduates.

Dr Liu Xiaoling with Professor Margaret Sheil

Dr Liu Xiaoling with Professor Margaret Sheil

“When seeking a Chancellor we were also looking for someone who has warmth and an understanding of higher education as an agent for deep and abiding social change.”

Dr Liu was elected to the Fellowship in 2017. She is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Minerals Resource Forum.

QUT Deputy Chancellor Jenny Parker said Dr Liu was a global citizen with strong connections to Queensland, who perfectly reflected QUT’s real-world philosophy.

“Dr Liu is an innovative and accomplished engineer,” Ms Parker said.

“After an extensive career with Rio Tinto that included working as a research engineer, and operational roles such as managing the Boyne Smelter in Gladstone and leadership of Rio Tinto operations based in Brisbane, she rose to the role of President and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals in the USA, a position she held from 2011 – 2014.

“Since returning to Australia, Dr Liu has undertaken a number of substantial governance appointments including on the boards of top Australian companies South32 and Newcrest.”

Dr Liu has called Australia home since 1988. Her family has lived in both Gladstone and Brisbane and she has many connections to the QUT community.

She expresses a passion for higher education saying it’s the foundation of her career and without it she wouldn’t be who she is or where she is today.

“I will be a champion for QUT-industry collaboration,” Dr Liu said.

“I understand that industry needs graduates who are future-ready and that industry needs to develop new technology or be left behind. Universities can imagine and help develop that technology.

“With my governance experience, and ability to seize opportunity yet manage risk, as a Council we will work with management for the benefit of the entire QUT community.”