Alumni Ambassadors

About Alumni Ambassadors

Alumni Ambassadors are appointed to an exclusive community of approximately 70 alumni from the Schools of Business, Economics and Law. They are selected to represent the interests of over 67,000 alumni across the world to build strong connections between alumni and to advance the mission of the Faculty and UQ.

Ambassadors work with the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at a strategic level through the Advancement team and are responsible for leading the charge in driving alumni and industry support for the Faculty and its students. In turn, we have developed an engagement program which provides authentic value to alumni, helping them to succeed both personally and professionally.

Group of ambassadors
Business, Economics and Law Leadership Conference for Ambassadors, 2017


Key goals

  • Increase strategic engagement with alumni and industry
  • Enhance the global reputation of UQ and the schools of Business, Economics and Law
  • Develop affinity among current students
  • Directly support or advocate for our philanthropic goals
  • Increase active alumni participation
  • Advance the mission of the Faculty and Schools

Time commitment

Ambassadors dedicate an average of two to three hours per month, as follows:

  • Attend a minimum of two council meetings per year, in person or via teleconference
  • Endeavour to attend all alumni events held in your location as far as reasonably possible
  • Actively work on designated projects as directed by the Chair to support key goals
  • Attend the annual Business, Economics and Law Leadership Conference for Ambassadors when held in your regional area.

Chairs and Deputy Chairs of Alumni Ambassador Councils are expected to take part in and contribute to the development of succession plans for their group. In order to maintain a running list of prospective members, Ambassadors are encouraged to identify alumni for consideration so that places can be filled in a timely manner when vacancies arise.

Duties and responsibilities

Note: Ambassadors are requested to read through the lists below and consider which would best suit your time, interests and expertise.

Increase strategic engagement with alumni and industry

  • Identify high-profile guest speakers and assist with facilitating introductions
  • Identify existing opportunities and events where Ambassadors could host a group of alumni
  • Act as co-host – together with the Executive Dean or school Head/Dean – at a Business, Economics and Law alumni event, e.g. cohort events such as the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) receptions, arts or sporting events; this involves a speaking role, generally either the welcome or closing remarks
  • Through your organisation, sponsor or secure sponsorship for an event
  • Facilitate CEO/senior management roundtable discussions with academic and/or students and/or alumni
  • Promote engagement opportunities to alumni and industry, e.g. mentoring program, campus visits, participation at events
  • Identify “lost” alumni within your organisation and reconnect them through passing on contact details or sending an email introduction to Anthea/Claire/Ted in the advancement team.

Enhance the global reputation of UQ and the schools of Business, Economics and Law

  • Comment on and/or share with your networks newsworthy stories posted by UQ on social media
  • Include your UQ qualifications in your bio, on LinkedIn, on your business cards etc.
  • Provide testimonials for publications such as prospectus guides, annual reports and the UQ and Business, Economics and Law websites
  • Assist with the short-listing and nomination of Business, Economics and Law alumni for the annual UQ Alumni Awards
  • Identify compelling alumni success stories
  • Help open doors to media outlets or communication channels to allow success stories to be told to a wider or niche audience, e.g. profile an alumnus in an industry publication.

Develop affinity among current and incoming students

  • Attend or host events for incoming and current students, e.g. Singapore Homecoming Reception, UQ pre-departure events for commencing students in your local area
  • Give a presentation to students on-campus – please let us know if you’re visiting Brisbane!
  • Participate in student boardroom discussions to provide industry and career advice
  • Participate in one of the Student Employability programs for current students.

Directly support or advocate for our philanthropic goals

  • Consider an annual participation gift in support of any Business, Economics and Law fund. A goal for the Alumni Ambassador Councils is 100% philanthropic participation
  • Establish or contribute to an Alumni award or prize, e.g. The London Alumni Ambassador Council Tutor Award; UQ Singapore Alumni Excellence Prize
  • Facilitate introductions between prospective major donors and Business, Economics and Law
  • Familiarise yourself with the philanthropic goals and key funds of the Not If, When campaign and promote a culture of philanthropy.

Note: Ambassadors are not expected to approach alumni or other individuals for the purpose of asking for a gift, but rather to be aware of our fundraising goals and pass on any queries to the Advancement team to follow up.

Increase active alumni participation

  • Active outreach to lost alumni
  • Promote UQ and Business, Economics and Law alumni events through your networks; the peer-to-peer approach is the most successful!
  • Connect with new graduates in your local area and encourage them to attend events
  • Encourage alumni to update their details if they have recently moved to/from your area.

Advance the mission of the Faculty and Schools

  • Familiarise yourself with the priorities of the Faculty and schools of Business, Economics and Law by reading these messages from our leadership team and through the updates they provide at Alumni Ambassador Council meetings and alumni events
  • Provide advice on aspects such as strategic objectives and programming

The alumni community at UQ

Any person who has graduated from UQ (undergraduate, postgraduate or honorary doctorate) or who has completed a semester as an Incoming Study Exchange or Study Abroad student is considered an alumnus of the University and, as such, is automatically recorded on the University’s alumni database upon graduation. Alumni status is therefore automatic and there is no alumni association to join, forms to complete or dues to pay.  Figures are as at end Semester 2, 2018.

UQ alumni

Queensland 117,961
Other Australian states 19,298
Overseas 54,555
Unknown 87,889
Total 279,703

Where in the world are UQ alumni?

P R China 9,626
USA 9,144
Singapore 5,740
Malaysia 3,879
United Kingdom 2,228
Hong Kong 2,139
Canada 1,916
Indonesia 1,822
Germany 1,516
Japan 1,121

BEL alumni

Queensland 26,911
Other Australian States 4,123
Overseas 20,602
Unknown 21,092
Total 72,728

Where in the world are BEL alumni?

P R China 6,604
Singapore 2,103
Malaysia 1,679
USA 1,284
Hong Kong 955
Germany 730
United Kingdom 545
Taiwan ROC 530
Indonesia 527
Other 4,945

Faculty today

Colin Clark courtyard
Colin Clark Building

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) incorporates three schools – UQ Business School, the School of Economics and the School of Law – and two research centres – the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) and the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH).

With more than 500 staff and over 12,000 enrolled students, including 6600 international students, the BEL Faculty is UQ’s largest.

The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the St Lucia campus. It also operates UQ Brisbane City, the University’s newest site in the heart of the Brisbane CBD.

Home to students and professionals from select postgraduate programs and UQ Executive Education courses, UQ Brisbane City is a unique space where students, alumni, industry and government can create, connect and innovate.

The Faculty’s high-achieving students are taught by leaders in their fields, many of whom are renowned researchers and consultants to companies around the globe. Students can also connect with the Faculty’s award-winning Student Employability Team to increase their employability, access opportunities and manage their careers.

The Faculty boasts a global, tight-knit alumni network of more than 67,000. BEL alumni hold leadership positions in the private sector, in government and with not-for-profit organisations worldwide.

As a Faculty, our goal is to be a leader in Business, Economics and Law that creates positive change.

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Faculty profile

Total students 12,000+
Undergraduate students 7,400+
Postgraduate students 4,800+
International students 6,600+
Female/male ratio 52% female / 48% male
Alumni 67,4000+
Staff 500+


UQ Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Our mission is to cultivate courageous thinkers who empower future leaders to positively transform business and society.

Based at the St Lucia campus as part of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, the School brings together 10,000 students and 130 subject experts.

UQ Business School also has a presence at UQ Brisbane City, the University’s newest site in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. At UQ Brisbane City, students and professionals from the School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and Executive Education courses are taught in smart, functional and flexible learning facilities.

The School offers a wide range of degree programs. Our eight main areas of academic strength are represented by discipline clusters – accounting, business information systems, finance, international business, management, marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship, and tourism.

UQ Business School is renowned for its cutting-edge research, outstanding academic staff, depth of educational programs and close links with leading global organisations. The School also carries AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation – the first school in Australia to receive this prestigious accreditation across its full range of programs.

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UQ’s School of Economics is a leading provider of economics education in Australia, with a strong reputation for research and teaching worldwide.

Located on the St Lucia campus as part of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, the School is home to more than 1200 domestic and international students, 17 professional staff and 70 active teaching and research staff. Its accomplished scholars claim a large share of Australia’s economics honours, national teaching awards, competitive research grants, fellowships, publications and media coverage.

The School of Economics is consistently ranked in the top five per cent of economics research institutions internationally. It is among the leading economics research departments in Australia, with all research ranked as well above or above world standard by the 2018 ERA assessment. The School also has an established research centre and an active seminar and visitor program, providing exposure to researchers from around the world.

The School’s high-quality teaching programs benefit significantly from its research across economic theory, econometrics and applied economics. Students have access to Australia’s largest range of undergraduate economics courses as well as several master’s programs, many of which include an interdisciplinary focus. Courses and programs are designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to secure successful careers in an increasingly connected and competitive world. This challenging academic environment attracts the top economics students from around Australia and internationally.

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Based at UQ St Lucia as part of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, the TC Beirne School of Law is the oldest and most prestigious law school in Queensland, and one of Australia’s leading research-intensive law schools.

Currently, the School employs 18 professional staff, 50 full-time academic staff and several adjunct professors. The School’s talented and committed researchers and educators include national and international scholars, distinguished alumni and leaders of the legal profession who are recognised for their research and teaching excellence both nationally and internationally.

With law programs that are ranked #43 in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the School offers students a premier legal education through small group teaching complemented by a comprehensive co-curricular program. The School attracts the best and brightest students from Australia and abroad through its competitive entry requirements. It cultivates exceptional legal thinkers and leaders who use their discipline, ingenuity and initiative to change and enrich the world.

The School’s home, the west wing of the Forgan Smith building, recently underwent an extensive refurbishment to ensure future generations of students will continue to enjoy the highest quality and most relevant legal educational experience. Today, the School boasts world-class, state-of-the-art facilities, including one of Queensland’s largest law libraries and the Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court.

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Institutes and Centres

Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE)

The Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) is a research centre within UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL).

Established in 2014 thanks to a generous donation from a UQ alumnus, AIBE leverages world-class collaborative research capabilities across UQ’s Business School, School of Economics and TC Beirne School of Law. The Institute focuses on Australian and global innovations, and new horizon research to address the current needs and future challenges of businesses.

Working with AIBE is a unique experience, offering clients a one-stop shop for their research needs. The Institute is strategically positioned as an intermediary for academic researchers and organisations, and has developed strong partnerships and a real understanding of the requirements of governments and businesses. AIBE delivers tailored outcomes, produces results that are rigorous and credible, conducts research that is of world-class standard, and ensures projects are quality controlled, on-budget and suit clients’ timeframes.

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Centre for the Business and Economics of Health

The University of Queensland’s Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH) delivers leading economic evidence, analyses and insights to help policy- and decision-makers create sustainable healthcare systems that promote better patient outcomes and value for all Australians.

Through collaborative and customised research, CBEH aims to inform and improve how governments and care providers respond to and plan for the changing and complex healthcare needs of a diverse population.

The Centre is also building human capital and capability in the healthcare sector through postgraduate research opportunities and executive education programs for current and future leaders, focusing on change management, evaluation, resource allocation and innovation.

CBEH was established in 2015 and is a joint initiative of UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Mater Research Institute-UQ.

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Key staff

Leadership team

Meet the Business, Economics and Law Leaders.

Advancement team

Working with the Alumni Ambassadors is a team of professionals who comprise the Business, Economics and Law Advancement team.

The Advancement team facilitates a comprehensive alumni engagement program allowing alumni to share their talents for the benefit of students and academics, as well as to realise personal and professional objectives.

The team manages alumni relations (events, programming, communications), annual giving, fundraising (including The Dean’s Society and major gifts), corporate sponsorship and philanthropy, donor relations (research, outreach, stewardship) and certain prizes and scholarships (initiation of new prizes and scholarships, advertising and recruitment, donor stewardship, financial reporting).