The University of Queensland will host
United States President Barack Obama on Saturday, 15 November, when he
addresses a global audience as part of the G20 summit.

President Obama’s address at UQ’s St
Lucia campus will focus on US leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Høj said it was a momentous occasion for the University.

“It is a tremendous honour for UQ,
and will be marked as an historic occasion by many of our almost 50,000
students,” Professor Høj said.

“About 780 of our 11,000-plus
international students are from the US, carrying on a UQ-USA tradition that
grows ever-stronger thanks to our 7000 US-based alumni and our key US

“UQ will be pleased to welcome not
only some of our own students to hear the President speak, but also guests from
other universities and schools, in addition to youth leaders who contribute to
our society.

“We are delighted to offer the
stage so these young people can share the room with President Obama as he gives
insights that will affect their futures.”

UQ has a North American office and
enjoys partnerships with more than 80 USA-based organisations.

Due to overwhelming demand and limited
space, this invite-only event is already full.

Local and international media will
attend the event, broadcasting the President’s speech to a global audience.

Access to UQ’s St Lucia campus will be
limited on 14 and 15 November.

Students and staff are advised to avoid
travelling to campus if possible.

Several UQ facilities, buildings and
sporting facilities will be closed, as will roads and footpaths around the

More detail on closures and campus
access will be published on as it becomes available.

Media: Senior Communications Officer
Katie Rowney, or 3365 3439.

Images and raw footage of the UQ campus
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