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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan,
and why they won’t hold it

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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan, and why they won’t hold it

  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them. This month, we take a look at the marvellous murals on the walls of particular buildings.
  • UQ PhD student Hannah Allan would like to help unite contemporary science with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural understanding and traditional knowledges, for effective and holistic management of Country.
  • Brisbane has won the bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So, what now? Contact asked UQ experts what steps are needed to keep the momentum rolling.
  • Looking for inspiration for both your weekend activities and your career? We spent a weekend in Brisbane with UQ graduates who are running their own businesses, and picked up some of their best advice and lessons along the way.
  • From living with baboons in Ethiopia to surviving an encounter with polar bears in Canada. Find out how a chance meeting with Sir David Attenborough forever changed the life of UQ science graduate Dr Chadden Hunter.
  • New data shows Aussies are embracing regional living more than ever. But how can you ensure your escape to the country is a smooth move? 
  • UQ graduate Dr Angela Williamson cracks cold cases, and in 2018 she helped to identify the most prolific serial killer in American history, Samuel Little.
  • UQ graduates working in development, sustainability and national security discuss why our Pacific neighbours are so important.
  • As the billionaires get ready to blast into space, who’s got the better plan?

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  • A champion for professional sportswomen and a pioneer for healthcare reform are among members of The University of Queensland community recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Aboriginal Fulbright Scholar Graham Akhurst has been energised by witnessing a pivotal time in America’s history firsthand.
  • From the bakery to the ballet and back. UQ graduate has turned – or is that pirouetted? – full circle and has written a book about her hometown of Warwick, called 'Earning a crust'.
  • Recently retired Queensland Court of Appeal judge the Honourable Anthe Philippides believes the arts are absolutely vital for humanity – they bring us joy, they make us think, and they can help us understand the views of others in ways we may never otherwise consider.
  • When Laura Stokes became the youngest person accepted into UQ's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in 2014, she knew her studies would give her the tools overcome the challenges of being a woman in business.
  • In the year the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the international travel industry, stepping up to helm a travel insurance company was no smooth sailing. But UQ graduate Cara Morton has always been one to take on a challenge.
  • The UQ graduate who turned a veterinary science degree into a business empire.
  • The University of Queensland pays tribute to one of the most influential figures in the history of the University and the State, the Honourable Sir Llew Edwards AC.
  • Find out how UQ is taking action during National Reconciliation Week, and read about many of UQ’s inspiring Indigenous graduates, staff and students.

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  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them. This month, we take a look at what a load of bull exists at the University!
  • It’s quite reasonable to expect that the outgoing head of the Uniting Church in Queensland would be a UQ graduate. But what degree?
  • A beloved cross-river ferry called Hamilton has permanently dropped anchor at UQ's St Lucia campus after almost 40 years of service, and half a decade in storage.
  • Representatives of the UQ Senate, staff and students gathered at short notice in March 1954 to catch a glimpse of Prince Philip, as the Duke of Edinburgh made a whirlwind tour of the St Lucia campus.
  • Brisbane bookworms can look forward to the return of the city’s oldest book fair – although, it might not be the one you think.
  • No transgender journey is the same. UQ's Director of Student Employability, Dr Dino Willox, is living proof of that.
  • Associate Professor Dr Pauline Pounds knew she wanted to be an engineer at the age of five, but it wasn’t until she was 35 that she realised she was a woman.
  • Blessed with a loving partner and two beautiful children, Dr Simone Blomberg accepts that her trans journey has been more fortunate than most.
  • Two UQ students are beginning life as trans men together after almost 10 years as a couple.

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