The Andrew N. Liveris building at the University of Queensland (UQ) was officially opened on April 13 to much fanfare.
The building is named after global business leader and one of the UQ’s most accomplished graduates, Andrew Liveris AO.
Mr Liveris attended the opening ceremony, along with the Deputy Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Steven Miles, Chancellor of UQ, Peter Varghese AO, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry AO.
During his speech, Mr Liveris said he was delighted that the Liveris Building would provide a place for research and learning that will help address the major challenges facing society today.
“[The building] is the physical embodiment of all that my wife Paula and I value – family, education, community, innovation and leadership,” Mr Liveris added on Twitter.
The building houses UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering and is equipped with labs and technology that will spearhead research capabilities most universities have not seen before.
Mr Liveris and his wife generously donated $13.5 million to establish the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, which is also housed in the new building and gives life to the family’s passion for supporting future generations of leaders.
The Academy is a hub for high-achieving students and now incorporates 80 scholars from across Australia, including seven PhD candidates.