Professor Peter Hoj

Vice Chancellor and President, University of Queensland.

Professor Peter Høj is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland. Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of South Australia and before that, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council and Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute, based in Adelaide.

While Professor Høj served as Vice Chancellor, UniSA became one of Australia's most rapidly developing universities. For two consecutive years (2010-11), UniSA was the most improved Australian university in the QS World University Rankings - only five universities improved their position since 2009, and UniSA's ranking moved from 19 to 11 in Australia.

Professor Høj was educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, and has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.

Professor Høj is a board member of CSIRO and was until recently Deputy Chair of Universities Australia. Professor Høj has served as a private member of the Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Council (1999-2004) and as an ex-officio member (2006-2007).

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Foreign Member (Natural Sciences Class) of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2002 for his services to Science and the Australian wine industry.

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