Despite his success, it’s clear University of Queensland (UQ) alumnus Andrew Liveris hasn’t forgotten his roots, having been very generous with both his time and money to the institution.

The Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company and Director of DowDuPont is providing UQ with $40 million to support innovation and leadership initiatives across the state and around the world.

Together with his wife Paula, Mr Liveris has donated $13.5 million to help establish the Liveris Academy in UQ’s Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

It will be housed in the Andrew N. Liveris Building, an 11-storey engineering education and research hub, set to be constructed at the St Lucia campus.

“Naming the building after Mr Liveris is a fitting acknowledgement of one of UQ’s most successful alumni, honouring his exceptional career and his role as a consistent, visible and enthusiastic advocate for UQ,” said UQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Høj.

The Liveris Academy will teach and develop future generations of leaders, equipping them to discover and implement technology driven innovations that address grand challenges related to sustainability such as clean water, safe food and modern energy services.

“Paula and I hope the Liveris Academy will attract, support and develop many of the planet’s smartest young people and finest minds in engineering and science, enabling them to reach their full potential while addressing major challenges facing society today,” Mr Liveris said.

The couple has also pledged to raise an additional $26.5 million to support UQ’s philanthropic campaign ‘Not If, When’, aimed at empowering student success.

“This gift will create leadership and change-making opportunities for students who might otherwise have had limited access to higher education,” said Professor Høj.