The Advanced Engineering Building
The Advanced Engineering Building
16 June 2016

The University of Queensland’s strong focus and investment in engineering research has secured it a top-10 spot in engineering science in an international ranking released this week.

UQ was the only Australian institution to make the international top 10 for engineering science in the Shanghai Consultancy engineering rankings.

UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering starred in the ranking, rating at number one in Australia and number 27 internationally.

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Executive Dean Professor Simon Biggs said the diverse flow of innovative research designed to create change by addressing global challenges had led to success.

“We’re proud to be a leading institution in research which is making a positive impact on the world,” he said.

“Our focus on solving global challenges through research and industry collaboration is recognised around the world and by these rankings.”

Last month UQ led the nation in Australian Research Council grants, receiving more $24.5 million in funding, with the majority for engineering focused research.

Engineering researchers at UQ attracted a significant share of the 2016 Advance Queensland grants to help commercialise their research with local industry partners.

This included game-changing technology in early skin cancer detection, internet for remote Australia and creating energy from waste

“It is great to see our breakthrough research being translated into technology which improves the lives of people and their communities,” said Professor Biggs.

“Improving healthcare, connecting remote communities to the world and creating renewable energy sources are paramount for creating a better world.”

For more information about UQ’s engineering, architecture and information technology research, visit

Media: Casey Fung, c,, 07 3365 8525.