Professor Lu will join the University on Monday 25 April 2016, following the departure of Professor Sir Christopher Snowden earlier this year.
Prof Lu has spent more than 20 years in senior roles at the University of Queensland, including his most recent position as Provost and Senior Vice-President. He brings deep expertise in materials chemistry and nanotechnology, having made seminal contributions to science and innovation in nanomaterials and their applications in clean energy and environmental technologies.
Recognised among 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 31,000 citations. He is also the co-inventor of more than 20 international patents and has received numerous prestigious awards throughout his career, including the China International Science and Technology Award, Queensland Greats Award and the International Mesostructured Materials Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘It is an exciting, albeit challenging time for the higher education sector and we have the chance to shape government policy to ensure the UK stays at the top of this increasingly competitive market’
Professor Lu 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.
Commenting on Professor Lu’s appointment, Dr Jim Glover, Chair of the University of Surrey’s Council, said: ‘Professor Lu has the right blend of personal, academic and leadership credentials to take the University forward as a world-leading institution for teaching and research. He has a proven track record of strong leadership, delivery of income growth and provision of an excellent student experience in a world top 50 institution.
‘He has an extensive network of collaborators in both the UK and the Asia-Pacific region, which coupled with his strong international outlook, will undoubtedly help the University in its mission to build an even stronger reputation across the globe.’
Professor Max Lu added: ‘I am honoured to be appointed as the fifth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to lead such a fine institution with exceptional national and international standing in teaching, student outcomes and research. It is an exciting, albeit challenging time for the higher education sector and we have the chance to shape government policy to ensure the UK stays at the top of this increasingly competitive market.
‘Our central mission in higher education is to educate and equip students with the skills and confidence to become future leaders, driving positive change around the world despite the many global challenges society is facing.’
Professor Max Lu’s appointment marks the end 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.