- University profile
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. We strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.
UQ is ranked well inside the world's top 100 universities (of more than 10,000) as measured through a number of major independent university rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, US News Best Global Universities Rankings, QS World University Rankings and, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. UQ is also the largest university in Queensland.
The University’s global research positioning was highlighted by the election of five UQ scientists to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) in 2013 – one quarter of the 20 new Fellows and the most from any institution in the country.
The five new Fellows joined an existing group of 19 UQ scientists admitted to the AAS as Fellows since 1988, bringing the total number of UQ academics who are members of one of Australia’s four prestigious learned academies to 95.
Teaching and learning excellence
Skilled and motivated teachers are integral to providing positive teaching and learning outcomes for students.
UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence, winning more Australian Teaching and Learning Council Awards for Teaching Excellence than any other in the country and attracting the majority of Queensland's highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.
The educators of UQ are committed to excellence in learning experiences and outcomes for their students.
In late 2013, UQ joined edX – the world’s leading consortium of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), jointly founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
UQ is one of only two Australian universities included in the not-for-profit edX enterprise, and UQx represents this organisation on behalf of the University. UQx works with the University’s academic teaching staff to create and present a range of MOOCs through the edX platform.
UQx has delivered courses encompassing a diverse range of study areas. The University’s first free MOOC entitled ‘Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking’ received more than 92,000 enrolments from more than 60 countries. The enrolment for this single course was larger than the University’s entire student base for 2014, and hundreds of enrolments were made each day over the duration of the course.
The UQ Advantage provides students with opportunities, choices and support that will enable them to achieve their individual aspirations, to become leaders in their chosen fields and to positively impact on the society in which they live. In addition to flexibility in program choice, student benefits include the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. Students can study abroad, participate in conferences and research opportunities, access more than 190 clubs and societies, and utilise sporting and cultural facilities.
In 2014, the University had 50,749 students including 11,155 international students from 140 nations. It has one of Australia's largest PhD enrolments, with more than 13,000 postgraduate students, and celebrated its 10,000th PhD graduation in 2012.
UQ is continually discovering and practising innovative approaches to fostering student retention and employability. The University works towards and achieves its strategic objectives by developing ways to engage students – and by pursuing best-practice inductions and student experiences.
The University’s outstanding 220,000-plus alumni include a Nobel laureate, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts. The University celebrates its alumni as its greatest assets. Their achievements make the University great – and, in return, the University will work hard to strengthen its reputation.
The UQ Graduate School offers significant support to research higher degree students through a broad range of scholarships and research travel awards, dedicated office spaces, skills training, and professional development opportunities. The University introduced the UQ Career Advantage PhD program – another first nationally – designed to accelerate PhD students’ career development and enhance their employability. Evidence indicates that the University’s research excels in both quality and impact. According to the 2012 Excellence in Innovation for Australia trial, many research projects at UQ have delivered outstanding economic, social and environmental benefits. The projects assessed were:
- Cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil®
- Triple P Parenting Program
- Change in pesticide regulation due to dioxin contamination research
- The development of titanium fabrication technology for aerospace materials
- Improved imaging for MRI systems
- GroundProbe Slope Stability Radar, used on mine sites.
UQ also has more specialised fields of research “well above world standard” than any other Australian university, according to the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.
In 2013, UQ attracted more Australian Research Council funding than any other Australian university or research body. With three major campuses – located at St Lucia and Herston in Brisbane, and Gatton in South-East Queensland – the University has invested substantially in construction and development, helping create great environments in which to study and research. UQ is committed to developing state-of-the-art learning spaces that are in step with industry demands and expectations.
UQ has established nine research institutes, many with a multidisciplinary focus:
- Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology;
- Global Change Institute;
- Institute for Molecular Bioscience;
- Institute for Social Science Research;
- Mater Research Institute-UQ
- Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation;
- Queensland Brain Institute;
- Sustainable Minerals Institute; and
- UQ Diamantina Institute.
UQ is also a partner in the Translational Research Institute (TRI) – an Australian-first that represents the future in biomedical research. TRI has the capacity to discover, produce, test and manufacture new treatments and vaccines in one location.
In 2013, UQ attracted more than $120m in research funding from industry and other non-government sources. It ranks first among Australian universities for license income, value of equity holdings and invention disclosures, new Australian patents and active start-up companies. The University is also grateful to the many alumni and community members who donate towards teaching and research initiatives.
UniQuest, established by UQ in 1984, is one of Australia’s leading research commercialisation companies. UniQuest’s innovation portfolio includes Australia's first blockbuster vaccine Gardasil®, Australia's largest biotech IPO (QRxPharma Ltd), the internationally acclaimed Triple P Positive Parenting Program, and UQ’s superconductor technology, which is used in two-thirds of the world's MRI machines.
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At a glance
December 10, 1909 (Signing of the University Act)
April 16, 1910 (Gazettal of the first Senate, and officially celebrated foundation date)
March 14, 1911 (Commencement of classes)
Scientia ac Labore, Latin for 'by means of knowledge and hard work'
Emblem/Coat of Arms
Cross Patee azure surmounted by an open Book proper
6,816 full-time equivalent
Undergraduate - about 37,631
Postgraduate - about 13,118
Total - about 50,749
Graduate job rate
74.5% (average full-time rate for Bachelor degree); national average 71.3%
More than 220,000
2 million volumes