USQ honours history with special events in Malaysia

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has celebrated its past, present and future at two special events in Malaysia over the weekend.

More than 100 guests from all over the world came together at the Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, for the USQ 50/25 Anniversary Gala Dinner Saturday night (May 6), celebrating USQ’s 50th anniversary as an educational institution and 25th as a university.

Over these 50 years, USQ has proudly graduated more than 93,000 students from more than 146 countries worldwide, including an estimated 7315 of those graduates hailing from Malaysia.

The gala dinner also served as the official international launch of USQ’s anniversary commemorative book University of Southern Queensland: 50 Years 50 Stories. Celebrating the successes and milestones of the University and its students over the past 50 years, the book showcases the diversity of USQ’s alumni and their experiences.

Representatives from the University, International USQ Chapter members, special guests, and alumni featured in the commemorative book attended the gala dinner event.

Among these was USQ Chancellor John Dornbusch, who said the dinner was a great way to celebrate the University’s achievements with many of its international alumni and other special guests.

“The memories and experiences of the University’s alumni over the past 50 years have contributed to USQ’s history, achievements and milestones,” he said.

“Events like this allow us all to celebrate while creating further opportunities for alumni to be involved as institutional ambassadors for USQ.”

Earlier that day, more than 80 students attended their USQ graduation ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Chancellor Dornbusch and Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla congratulated the graduates as they received their testamurs in front of hundreds of proud family and friends.

“Graduations celebrate student success and mark the culmination of the years of hard work, each and every graduate has given to their studies,” Mr Dornbusch said.

“They have not only achieved something great, but invested in their own and their family’s future.”

Mr Dornbusch said USQ remained determined to support people to get a good education and contribute to their society and the economy through skills and research, whether in Australia or around the world.

“At USQ we have always enjoyed the opportunity of working with our education partners here in Malaysia and in other Asian countries to open doors of opportunity in life that simply don’t exist, or don’t exist as readily, for those without a university education.”

For more information on the USQ 50/25 Anniversary Gala Dinner, contact the USQ Alumni Relations Office on +617 4631 5391 or email