University of Queensland (UQ) visited Universitas Indonesia in April 23, 2013 to strengthen the bilateral education cooperation between the two top tier universities in its respective origin country. During the day, there were meeting held between University of Queensland International and International Office UI and the faculties counterpart, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Social and Political Science.
Besides meeting, there were also 4 seminars presented by UQ academics. One of the delegations is Indonesia-born man currently becoming senior lecturer in strategy cluster University of Queensland Business School, Dr Andre Pakerti. He briefly discussed his experience as Indonesian scholar in the University of Queensland. What kind of journey has turned his life as a student then as a lecturer at the prestigious UQ Business School. The discussion continued as he revealing the area of his research in relation to culture and its role in business and management today. Cultural differences are reflected in the different values and behaviours of employees that can ultimately impact the level of customer satisfaction and overall productivity of a business. The notion of cultural intelligence is one that organisations particularly need to consider in this era of globalisation and increasing usage of technology.
Separately, Professor Brian Key, Director of the Brain Growth and Regeneration Lab at the University of Queensland became the speaker in the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Science. He presented biomedical Sciences – ultimate challenge : how to repair an injured brain. The Lab is dedicated to understanding the principles of stem cell biology, differentiation, axon guidance, plasticity, regeneration and development of the brain. He was recruited back to Australia to research brain development at the University of Melbourne in the 1990s. He then moved to the University of Queensland where he was appointed Professor of Developmental Neurobiology in 2003.
He is currently deciphering the role that Autism genes play in the development of connections between neurons in the embryonic brain. He uses his research to inspire students to learn and develop a deeper understanding of modern approaches in the biomedical sciences. One of the goals of biomedicine is to understand how neuronal connections are established during development and then maintained during aging. Such knowledge contributes to the creation of novel and innovative therapies.