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Published: 21 April 2016

New Vice-Chancellor joins Surrey

World-renowned academic and engineer, Professor G.Q. Max Lu, has taken up post as the fifth President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey, following the departure of Professor Sir Christopher Snowden at the end of last year. Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Kearney, will take up the role of Provost.

  • Preeminent academic, Professor G.Q. Max Lu, has taken up the post of the fifth President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey
  • Recognised as one of Australia’s most influential engineers, Professor Lu joins as a Thomson Reuters double highly cited academic, bringing expertise in chemical engineering and nanotechnology
  • New Vice-Chancellor plans to build upon the University’s strengths in research and learning to support the next phase of growth and vision of Surrey as a leading international university.

World-renowned academic and engineer, Professor G.Q. Max Lu, has taken up post as the fifth President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey, following the departure of Professor Sir Christopher Snowden at the end of last year.   Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Kearney, will take up the role of Provost.

Professor Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey, commented: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead such an exceptional organisation. The momentum behind Surrey is palpable, so I am looking forward to working with staff and students to grow the University’s reputation as a truly international institution.

“Although the University of Surrey has earned its place as one of the top higher education establishments in the UK, there is huge scope to develop our reputation on a global scale. World-leading research and initiatives such as our 5G Innovation Centre have enhanced the reputation of the University, however there is considerable potential to maximise international research collaborations and partnerships.”

Dr Jim Glover, Chair of the University of Surrey’s Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Lu to the University of Surrey as our fifth President and Vice-Chancellor. He has an outstanding reputation, not only for his deep expertise in engineering, but also for his excellent leadership skills and extensive network of collaborators.   His international outlook and commitment to delivering both world-class research and a superior student experience will be pivotal in developing the University’s international reputation.

“The whole University community looks forward to working closely with the new Vice-Chancellor over the coming weeks to help Surrey achieve its vision of becoming a leading international university.”

Professor Lu joins after more than 20 years in senior roles at the University of Queensland, where he most recently held the position of Provost and Senior Vice-President. Named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers, Professor Lu is one of only 150 double highly cited academics in the world, with over 500 peer-reviewed articles published in top journals, attracting more than 36,000 citations.

He has made seminal contributions to science and innovation in nanomaterials and their applications in clean energy and environmental technologies and is the co-inventor of more than 20 international patents. Professor Lu has numerous prestigious awards to his name, having been presented with the China International Science and Technology Award, Queensland Greats Award and the International Mesostructured Materials Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has served on multiple high level Australian government committees and advisory boards, including those under the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and ARC College of Experts. He is also a Member of the 4th State Council of China Overseas Chinese Expert Consultative Committee.

Professor Max Lu’s appointment follows a strong year for the University of Surrey, having been named University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times and achieved a top ten ranking in all three major national university league tables. It also follows the launch of its world-leading 5G Innovation Centre and School of Veterinary Medicine, which was recently opened by HM The Queen. 

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