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The University of Queensland


The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strives for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Established through a 1909 Act of State Parliament, 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).

The University’s outstanding 215,000-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.

UQ is in the top 100 universities worldwide, 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. UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and a member of Universities Australia.

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Academic specialism

The University has teaching and research sites throughout Queensland. Its major campuses are at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston.

UQ St Lucia Campus: 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.

UQ Gatton Campus: UQ Gatton campus is internationally recognised as Australia's leading education and research provider in the field of Animals, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Food and the Environment.

UQ Herston Campus: Herston is UQ‘s core campus for clinical health teaching and research. UQ Herston is home to the School of Medicine, the School of Population Health, the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences office, the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) and the research activities of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Other UQ locations include teaching hospitals and health centres, veterinary science centres, agricultural science farms, marine research stations, physics research stations, seismograph stations and an underground mine.

Faculties at the University of Queensland

  • Business, Economics & Law
  • Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology
  • Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Science

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The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland, Brisbane St Lucia, QLD 4072 Australia
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  • Intercampus Express Bus Service: An Intercampus Express Bus service links the St. Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton campuses.
  • Long Pocket Shuttle Bus Service: Long Pocket Shuttle Bus Service runs between the St Lucia Campus and the Long Pocket Site at Meiers Rd, Long Pocket at 30 minute intervals.
  • Public transport: The Queensland Government Translink website provides "Journey planners" to assist in getting to and from the St Lucia, Gatton and Ipswich campuses quickly and conveniently via bus, train or ferry.