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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.
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.
Business, Economics and Law (BEL)
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) incorporates the UQ Business School, the School of Economics and the TC Beirne School of Law.
With 9500 students including 3000 international students enrolled over three schools, and an alumni network of more than 57,000, the BEL Faculty offers students unparalleled opportunities in their fields.
The school engages and builds sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with students, alumni, industry and government.
#1 ranked MBA Program in the Asia-Pacific and #16 in the world
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT)
In just over a century, more than 27,000 Faculty graduates have gone on to use their UQ education to have significant impact on our state, our nation and across the world. We believe that lifelong success is fostered at UQ through great education – inspiring students to think differently, ask the difficult questions, be a positive disruptive influence, and fulfil every ounce of their potential.
Creative problem solving – through great science, engineering and design – means faculties like ours have an increasingly vital role to play in the world’s future.
Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS)
The faculty offer an extensive range of flexible undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs along with state-of-the-art learning facilities, providing our students with a world-class education.
The research is focused on areas critical to healthcare for the future – from disease prevention and ageing to environmental health and cognitive science. We don’t shy away from the big issues either - mental health, ageing, substance abuse and addictions, obesity and Indigenous health to name a few. We pride ourselves on translating knowledge into action.
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
What makes us strive to overcome adversity and adversaries, understand our emotional responses to artistic and social endeavour, and to make meaning of it all?
UQ’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is where studying the human experience translates into value for future generations.
If you’re looking for challenge and stimulation – as a student learner, an academic researcher or a social catalyst – explore your passion and purpose here.
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (M+BS)
UQ’s Faculty of Medicine + Biomedical Sciences is positioned to be a major force in medical education and translational research in Australia, empowered by teaching excellence and driven by discovery.
Common to any research lab or clinical working space is a sense of order and organisation; dedication and diligence; and a sense of drive and purpose to know more, to find a cure, to improve care, to end suffering, and ultimately, to give someone a better life.
As the custodians of more than 4000 future medical and biomedical health clinicians and researchers, the Faculty of Medicine + Biomedical Sciences (M+BS) is also driven, dedicated, and duty-bound to ensure our next generation of doctors, scientists, and health professionals is equipped with the tools to achieve their vision.
UQ’s Faculty of Science is recognised as a powerhouse for some of the world’s leading scientists, teachers, science programs and commercial outcomes. The Faculty is one of the largest Science groupings in Australia, with approximately 1100 (equivalent full-time) staff, and about 7500 (equivalent full-time) students.
The Faculty unites the disciplines of agriculture and animals, biomedical and biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, food sciences, geography, marine science, maths and physics, planning, the environment and veterinary science.
With strong links between the enabling and applied sciences, UQ researchers and graduates are working on a wide range of groundbreaking projects from the molecular characterisation of drug resistant bacteria that affect piglets through to finding better treatments for illness and rehabilitation of the environment.
Established through a 1909 Act of State Parliament [PDF], The University of Queensland was the first university in the state and was officially founded on April 16, 1910, with the gazettal of appointments to the first UQ Senate. Teaching started in 1911 in Old Government House in George Street, Brisbane. In the first year there were three faculties – Arts, Science and Engineering – and 83 students (60 men and 23 women).
After World War I, the University expanded rapidly and soon outgrew its inner-city location. In 1922, an additional site in Victoria Park (now occupied by the Medical School) was secured. Four years later, Dr James O’Neil Mayne and his sister Miss Mary Emelia Mayne provided funds to buy the St Lucia site where the University’s main campus is now located. Construction started on the St Lucia site in 1937 and the first building, later named the Forgan Smith Building after the Premier of the day, was completed in 1939. During World War II, it became the advanced headquarters for the Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific.
In 1990, the University merged with the Queensland Agricultural College at (now Gatton), 80 kilometres west of Brisbane, resulting in the union of the two oldest higher education institutions in the State and producing a substantial increase in enrolments. The former Queensland Agricultural College enrolled its first students in 1897 and the two institutions had a long history of cooperation in teaching and research activities.
In 1999, UQ opened a major campus in the provincial centre of Ipswich, taking over a site previously used by the Challinor Centre mental health facility. In January 2015 this campus transferred to the University of Southern Queensland. However, UQ will continue to teach at the USQ Ipswich campus until 2016 to assist its students enrolled in Nursing and Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Health Science and Medicine to complete their studies.
Established in 2010, UQ’s major clinical health and research teaching location at Herston is now UQ's third campus.
UQ consistently ranks in the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (41), the US News Best Global Universities Rankings (45), QS World University Rankings (47), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (65). Excluding the award component, UQ is now ranked 45th in the world in the ARWU and is one of only two Australian universities to be included in the global top 50.
According to the QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, UQ ranks number one in Australia in both environmental sciences and agriculture and forestry. Six UQ subjects rank at number two in Australia including mining and mineral engineering, sports-related subjects, biological sciences, materials science, communication and media studies and hospitality and leisure management.
Globally, UQ is in the world’s top 20 universities in six subjects among them: mineral and mining engineering (3 globally), sports-related subjects (3), environmental sciences (12), hospitality and leisure management (12), education (14) and agriculture and forestry (19).
The University’s main campus at St Lucia is set on a magnificent 114-hectare site bounded on all sides by the Brisbane River, seven kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. The campus has expansive landscaped grounds, three lakes, an aquatic centre, tennis courts, eight athletics ovals with a 600-seat grandstand, and facilities for elite rowing. The campus fans out from a 1930s, heritage-listed sandstone Cloister enclosing the Great Court.
There is an enormous range of things to do around the University. There are many clubs and societies to join,concerts, ceremonies & public lectures to attend, libraries and museums, research and art collections to visit, places to worship and numerous sporting activities to join.
Many clubs, societies and sporting groups are affiliated with the University of Queensland Union and UQ Sport.They cater for a wide range of cultural, religious, political, sporting and leisure interests.
There is much on offer around UQ. On campus there are heaps of places to eat and shop and things to do. You might also like to know about where to live, what services are available and what your childcare and transport options are.
Brisbane is Australia's sunniest capital, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. It's no wonder Queensland is known as the "Sunshine State". Our sub-tropical summers and mild winters (with little need for heavy clothing) make the city a fabulous place to visit all year round.
The summer months of December, January and February can be warm and humid, with a daytime average temperature of 26-30C. During winter, from June to August, daytime temperatures are mild (averaging 23C) with cool evenings and early mornings.
Schonell Theatre complex
The Schonell Theatre is a theatre and cinema complex at the University of Queensland. The UQU Schonell Theatre regularly screens the best of art house, Australian, and foreign films and independent releases. Cinema runs from Thursdays to Mondays at the Schonell.
The theatre is also used for live theatre productions, university lectures, and can be booked for special screenings and events. It has available for hire, our four multi-purpose function rooms with a capacity of up to 500 guests and can be arranged to suit individual requirements. Perfect for lectures, conferences, seminars, training courses, meetings and events. University staff and students, as well as members from the community, are welcome to book these facilities.
UQ Sport St Lucia offers state of the art facilities including Aquatics Centre,Fitness Centre, Tennis Centre and Athletics Track. With a huge range of memberships and 75+ sports and activities on offer you can find your own definition of fitness and play your way.
- 10+ social sports
- 15+ adult fitness courses
- 70+ group fitness classes
- 35+ clubs
Sound a bit daunting? Take some time to look around and see what suits you. We’ve even set up a little tour to help point you in the right direction.
The University of Queensland Library is the state's largest research collection. It comprises 15 branches located on the St Lucia, Gatton and Ipswich campuses, at several teaching hospitals and at the Dental School. All branches have state-of-the-art facilities and are open to the general public for on-site use of the collections.
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions, internationally-renowned for its highly-awarded teaching staff, world-acclaimed researchers and superior campus facilities and services.
UQ’s longstanding reputation for quality is reinforced by affiliations with prestigious national and international groups, including the Australian Group of Eight (Go8) and Universitas 21. Internationally the University ranks in the world’s top 100 in a ranking compiled in by the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement. It also consistently ranks as one of the best universities in the Asia-Pacific region by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities.
UQ welcomes students from around the world to a friendly community of dedicated students and leading academics. Read about the experiences of current and past students at the YourUQ website.