The University of Queensland

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An international university in the world’s top 50

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Across three campuses located in South East Queensland, UQ’s 6600 staff and 52,000+ students deliver and experience unparalleled teaching, learning and research excellence that creates positive change globally.


Teaching and learning to engage and inspire

UQ has won more national teaching awards than any other university in the country, and attracts the majority of Queensland’s highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

With a strong focus on teaching excellence, the University of Queensland is changing the way higher education is imagined and experienced for its 52,000+ current students, who include more than 16,400 postgraduate students and approximately 15,400 international students from 135 countries.

UQ students enjoy innovative and flexible learning options, diverse and dynamic partnership opportunities, and an integrated digital and on-campus learning environment.


Research that’s creating change locally and globally

UQ’s six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes, and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 1500 scientists, social scientists and engineers who champion research excellence and continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

This is reflected in UQ being the number one recipient of Australian Research Council Fellowships and Awards nationally across all scheme years (364 awards worth $257 million).

UQ’s strong focus on commercialisation not only boosts the economy but also accelerates the impact of its research.


An entrepreneurial hub where bold ventures thrive

UQ is an undisputed leader in translating research to novel products and services through its commercialisation company, UniQuest. To date, UQ discoveries have produced US$16 billion in gross product sales, and UQ intellectual property has founded more than 100 startups – a milestone unsurpassed by any other Australian university.

From pre-incubation through to market validation, and from launching a startup to scaling it up, UQ offers support to students, staff and alumni through a suite of Idea Hub, Startup Academy and ilab programs that develop skills in a hands-on environment. ilab incubator and accelerator programs alone have helped 185 startups who have received more than $50 million in investments and grants.


A globally connected university

UQ’s 264,000 graduates form a connected, global alumni network, which includes approximately 14,000 PhDs and spans more than 170 countries.

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21; a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities; a member of Universities Australia; and one of only two Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the world’s leading not-for-profit consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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Key staff:

Chancellor: Peter Varghese (as of July 2016)

Mr Peter N Varghese AO, Chancellor

Vice Chancellor and PresidentProfessor Peter Høj

Professor Peter Høj


UQ consistently ranks in the world’s top universities as measured by several key independent rankings, including the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (42), Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (43), QS World University Rankings (48), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (69).

Excluding the award component, UQ is now ranked 45th in the world in the ARWU, and is one of the only two Australian universities to be included in the global top 50.

In 2018, UQ was ranked first in Australia by the prestigious Nature Index tables, and 110th overall in the world.
More than 173 UQ staff (including honorary and adjunct appointments) and emeritus professors are Fellows of Australia’s learned academies.

Key facts:

Student enrolments: 52,000+

Staff: 6600 full-time equivalent