- 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 ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 51 in the QS World University Rankings, 52 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 60 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 55 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The University’s global research positioning was highlighted by the election of five UQ scientists to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) in 2015 – almost one quarter of the 21 new Fellows and the most from any institution in the country.
The five new Fellows joined an existing group of 29 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 six prestigious learned academies to 166.
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 Awards for University Teaching 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 charter member 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 and to further the goals of the UQ Student Strategy with respect to on-campus teaching.
UQx has sixteen MOOCs running on edX with more under development. UQx MOOCs cover subjects drawn from many disciplines along with meta-skills courses in employability and teamwork. Since releasing its first course on edX in March 2014, UQx has registered more than 1 million participants representing every country.
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 2015, the University had 50,836 students including 12,666 international students from 141 nations. It has one of Australia's largest PhD enrolments, with more than 13,800 postgraduate students, and celebrated its 12,000th PhD graduation in 2015.
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 225,000-plus alumni include a Nobel laureate, two Fortune 500 company CEOs, 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 (RHD) students through a broad range of scholarships and research travel awards, dedicated office spaces, skills training, and professional development opportunities. The University introduced the Career Development Framework– another first nationally – designed to accelerate RHD students’ career development and enhance their employability. Evidence indicates that the University’s research excels in both quality and impact.
The Federal Government’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise confirmed The University of Queensland as one of the nation’s top three universities, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of specialised research fields. UQ’s outstanding critical mass offers researchers significant interdisciplinary capability. The assessment rated ninety five percent of UQ’s broad fields of research as above or well above world standard.
Over the last five years UQ has attracted more Australian Research Council funding for discovery and early-career research than any other Australian university. 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 2014, UQ attracted more than $377m in research funding from government, industry and community sources. 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®, pioneer pain drug developer Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, 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
6,791 full-time equivalent
Undergraduate - about 37,030
Postgraduate - about 13,800
Total - about 50,830
Graduate job rate
73% (average full-time rate for Bachelor degree); national average 68.8%
More than 232,000
1.25 million ebook titles and more than 823,000 print book titles
140,000 online journals and 31,000 print journals
More than 900 online databases