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University of Queensland

The University of Queensland
Coat of Arms of the University of Queensland
Latin: Universitate Terrae Reginensis
Motto Scientiā ac Laborē (Latin)
Motto in English
"By means of knowledge and hard work"
Established 1909
Type Public research
Chancellor John Story
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj
Students 48,771 (2012)
Undergraduates 34,228 (2012)
Postgraduates 12,598 (2012)
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Campus International, Urban and Regional
Affiliations Group of Eight
Universitas 21

The University of Queensland (commonly referred to as UQ) is an Australian public research university primarily located in Brisbane. Founded in 1909, UQ is the oldest, most selective and comprehensive university in the Australian state of Queensland.[1] The main campus is located in the suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane City Central Business District, with other major UQ campuses in Gatton, Herston and Ochsner Medical Center's clinical school at New Orleans, United States of America. The University of Queensland is a member of the Australia's research-intensive Group of Eight, the global network of research universities Universitas 21 and a founding charter member of EdX, an online higher education consortium led by Harvard and MIT.

UQ is a sandstone university, which is well regarded[2][3] and is consistently ranked within the top 1 percent worldwide along with other prestigious research universities across all international universities rankings — the QS World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, University Ranking by Academic Performance and the U.S. News & World Report.[4][5][6][7] UQ Business School's flagship MBA program is also ranked first in Australia and the Asia Pacific by The Australian Financial Review and The Economist.

The University of Queensland has produced numerous alumni with significant contributions to science, arts, medicine, education, business, politics and law in Australia and throughout the world. Several notable examples include the Nobel Laureate winning scientist Dr Peter Doherty, Oscar-winning artist Geoffrey Rush, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia Sir Gerard Brennan, Chancellor of University of California, San Francisco - Dr Sam Hawgood,[8] Principal and President of King's College London - Dr Edward Byrne, CEO of Dow Chemical the second-largest chemical manufacturer in the world by revenue - Andrew N. Liveris, former Governor-General of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce, former Singapore's Minister for Defence, Minister for Manpower, present Chairman of Keppel Corporation and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) - Dr Lee Boon Yang, consecutive Olympics gold medal winner David Theile and global top three most cited academic and world-renowned clinician Dr Graham Colditz.


  • Academics 1
    • Governance 1.1
    • Academic faculties 1.2
    • Research 1.3
    • Research institutes 1.4
    • Global Rankings 1.5
  • History 2
    • Beginnings 2.1
    • Expansion and growth 2.2
    • UQ restructuring 2.3
  • Campus 3
    • St Lucia campus 3.1
      • History 3.1.1
      • Great Court 3.1.2
      • Public transport 3.1.3
      • Art Museum 3.1.4
      • Museum 3.1.5
      • Student Union Complex 3.1.6
      • Parking and other amenities 3.1.7
    • Commercialisation 3.2
      • UniQuest 3.2.1
    • Gatton campus 3.3
    • Herston campus 3.4
    • Satellite facilities 3.5
  • Student life 4
    • Events and Traditions 4.1
      • Three Minute Thesis 4.1.1
      • Great Court Race 4.1.2
      • Market Day 4.1.3
      • Careers Fair 4.1.4
    • Residential colleges 4.2
    • Alumni 4.3
  • In popular culture 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The University of Queensland is organised into a number of divisions for academic, administrative and logistical purposes.[9]


The Senate is the governing body of the University of Queensland and consists of 22 members from the university and community. The Senate is led by the Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor, elected by the Senate. The University of Queensland Act 1998 grants Senate wide powers to appoint staff, manage and control University affairs and property, and manage and control finances to promote the University's interests.[10][11]

The Vice-Chancellor is the University's chief executive officer and is appointed by and responsible to the Senate for the overall direction of strategic planning, finance and affairs of the university and also acts as the President of the University. The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an Executive to whom the University's organisational units report and provides advice on policy and administrative matters relating to their area of responsibility.

TC Beirne School of Law
  • Provost
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Ipswich Campus)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Advancement)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • President of the Academic Board

The Academic Board is the University's senior academic advisory body. It formulates policy on academic matters including new programs, teaching, learning and assessment, research, promotions, student academic matters, prizes and scholarships. An Academic Board member is elected annually as its President. The President is assisted by a half-time Deputy President.[12] Its members include the Vice-Chancellor's Executive, Executive Deans of Faculties, Institute Directors, Heads of Schools, Dean of the Graduate School, Directors of Central Service Units, the University Academic Registrar, the President of the UQ Student Union, and 5 Student Representatives.

Academic faculties

The university has six faculties to support both research and teaching activities.

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


Queensland has a strong research focus in science, medicine and technology.[13] The university's research advancement includes pioneering the development of the cervical cancer vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, by UQ Professor Ian Frazer and then subsequent improvements by researchers from the United States.[14] In 2009, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation reported that UQ have taken the lead in numerous areas of cancer research.[15] In 2010, Thomson Reuters named eight UQ professors to its list of Highly Cited Researchers.[16] In the Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report,[17] UQ's research is rated above world standard in more broad fields than at any other Australian university (in 22 broad fields); and more UQ researchers are working in research fields that ERA has assessed as above world standard than at any other Australian university. UQ research in biomedical and clinical health sciences, technology, engineering, biological sciences, chemical sciences, environmental sciences, and physical sciences were ranked above world standard (rating 5).[13] In 2015, UQ is ranked by Nature Index as the research institution with the highest volume of research output in both interdisciplinary journals Nature and Science within the southern hemisphere, with approximately two fold more output than the global average.[18]

Research institutes

Besides disciplinary focused research within the academic faculties, the University of Queensland maintains a number of interdisciplinary research institutes and centres at the national, state and university levels.[19] With the support from the Queensland Government, the Australian Government and major donor The Atlantic Philanthropies, the University of Queensland dedicates basic, translational and applied research via these eight research-focused institutes:

  • [20]
  • Translational Research Institute, which houses The University of Queensland's Diamantina Institute, School of Medicine and the Mater Medical Research Institute
  • Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • Institute for Social Science Research
  • Sustainable Mineral Institute
  • Global Change Institute
  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Queensland Brain Institute

Global Rankings

The University of Queensland consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all major world university rankings. In more specific subject rankings, The Economist for example, has ranked UQ business school's MBA as the number 1 in Asia and Australasia.[21] Overall, UQ also ranks among the top 3 universities in the southern hemisphere in a number of university rankings.[13]

University rankings
QS World[22] 46
THE-WUR World[23] 60
ARWU World[24] 77
USNWR World[25] 47
Australian rankings
QS National[26] 4
THE-WUR National[27] 4
ARWU National[28] 2=
USNWR National[29] 3
Publications 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
QS World University Rankings (UK)[30] 49 47 45 33 43 41 43 48 46 43 43 46
Academic Ranking of World Universities (China)[5] (formerly) Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings[31] 102-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-150 86 90 85 85 77
Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (Taiwan) [6] (formerly) Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT)[32] 113 101 100 95 76 72 67 56 45
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (UK) [7] 49 47 45 33 43 41 81 74 65 63 65 60
The Economist Which MBA? International Business Rankings[21] 46 27 14 16 16
US News Best Global Universities Rankings[33] 47 52


Construction of the Forgan Smith Building began in 1938


The University of Queensland (UQ) was established on 10 December 1909 by the Brisbane has limited room for expansion.[1]

Expansion and growth

A Group of Queensland University students in 1912

In 1927, Dr James O'Neil Mayne and his sister

  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Queensland Press
  • UQ Sport
  • UQ News Online

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e
  2. ^ Department of Education Training and Youth Affairs (1998), The Characteristics and Performance of Higher Education Institutions, Canberra: Higher Education Division, Department of Education, Employment and Youth Affairs
  3. ^ Department of Education Training and Youth Affairs (1999), Completions, Undergraduate academic outcomes for the 1992 commencing students, Melbourne: DETYA.
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  6. ^ a b [1]
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  9. ^ University of Queensland Organisational Chart
  10. ^ University of Queensland Senate
  11. ^ Principal Officers of the University of Queensland
  12. ^ University of Queensland Academic Board
  13. ^ a b c UQ Research Fact Sheet
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  18. ^ [2]
  19. ^ University of Queensland Listing of Research Institutes and Centres
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  21. ^ a b Economist MBA Rankings 2012
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  30. ^ The Times Higher Education Supplement
  31. ^ Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  32. ^ 2008 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities
  33. ^ US News Best Global Universities Rankings
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  35. ^ University of Queensland History
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  37. ^ a b c Ipswich History
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  39. ^ University of Queensland Other campuses and facilities
  40. ^ University of Queensland About campuses and locations
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  43. ^ University of Queensland Art Museum
  44. ^ R D Milns Antiquities Museum
  45. ^ UQ Anthropology Museum
  46. ^ Historical photograph of Union Complex from Ring Road near the bookshop
  47. ^ parking spaces
  48. ^ parking spaces overview
  49. ^ UQ Gatton About
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  51. ^
  52. ^ University of Queensland School of Medicine Listing of Clinical Schools
  53. ^ University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery Listing of Clinical Schools
  54. ^ University of Queensland Faculty of Health Sciences Herston Campus
  55. ^ University of Queensland School of Medicine
  56. ^
  57. ^ [3] University of Queensland School of Dentistry Listing of Facilities
  58. ^ Customs House website
  59. ^ Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
  60. ^ [4] University of Queensland Faculty of Science Research Facilities
  61. ^ University of Queensland Heron Island Research Station
  62. ^ University of Queensland Faculty of Science Facilities
  63. ^ University of Queensland Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre
  64. ^ World Debating Website Rankings
  65. ^ UQ Sport website
  66. ^ UQ Aquatic Centre
  67. ^ UQ Athletics Centre
  68. ^ UQ Sport and Fitness Centre
  69. ^ UQ Tennis Centre
  70. ^ UQ Playing Fields and Ovals
  71. ^ East, John W.: A Brief History of the University of Queensland Library, 2006.
  72. ^ University of Queensland Library
  73. ^
  74. ^ UQ News Young meets old for UQ tradition
  75. ^ UQ Events 2010 Great Court Race
  76. ^ UQ Sport Great Court Race
  77. ^ UQ Market Day
  78. ^ UQ Events Careers Fair
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See also

UQ Lake view toward South-East
[82].Downunder Grads and the documentary [81]Inspector Gadget 2University buildings and facilities have been used as a filming location in several feature films and television series, including

In popular culture


The University of Queensland has 11 residential colleges with 10 of these located on its St Lucia campus and one on its Gatton campus. The University of Queensland Intercollege Council is the organisational and representative body for the residential colleges which coordinates sporting and cultural events and competitions.

Residential colleges

The UQ Careers Fair is an annual event that brings together university students and major employers from across the country.[78] Degree-specific Careers Fairs are also held annually or bi-annually, such as the Engineering Careers Expo.[79]

Careers Fair

During Orientation week and the first week of each semester, Market Day is organised throughout Campbell Place and the Great Court at the St Lucia Campus. The UQ Union and clubs and societies have stalls and organises social activities.[77]

Market Day

[76][75][74] Inspired by the

Great Court Race

The Great Court at UQ

In 2008, the university originated the Three Minute Thesis competition for students completing a higher degree by research. Three Minute Thesis is now held annually at universities across Australasia. It challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds, in an engaging form that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area. This exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to explain their work effectively.[73]

Three Minute Thesis

Events and Traditions

  • Architecture and Music Library (ARMUS)
  • Biological Sciences Library
  • Dentistry Library
  • Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library (DHESL)
  • Fryer Library
  • Gatton Library
  • Graduate Economics and Business Library
  • Herston Health Sciences Library
  • Ipswich Library
  • Mater McAuley Library
  • Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence Health Sciences Library (PACE)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital Library
  • Rural Clinical School Library
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Library (SSAH)
  • Walter Harrison Law Library

It consists of 15 branches.[72]

  • UQ Sport offers a wide range of sport, fitness and recreation opportunities at the St Lucia, Gatton and Ipswich campuses of The University of Queensland. Its facilities and services are open to students, staff, alumni, and the general public.[65] The UQ Aquatic Centre is operated by UQ Sport and consists of two pools; a 50-metre, outdoor heated pool and a small enclosed heated teaching pool. The main pool is a 50m lap pool with a minimum of three lanes dedicated to public lap swimming throughout our opening hours.[66] The UQ Athletics Centre maintains an Olympic standard 8 lane synthetic track and grandstand able to accommodate up to 565 spectators.[67] The UQ Sport and Fitness Centre is a multi-purpose indoor facility comprising a three level weights gym, including four Olympic lifting platforms and a power lifting area, an air-conditioned cardio studio, a RPM stationary bike cycle studio, an indoor sports pavilion, a martial arts gymnasium, a multipurpose area, and five squash courts.[68] The UQ Tennis Centre is the largest tennis centre in both Brisbane and Queensland, it features 21 floodlit courts and a shop the centre hosts various fixtures and coaching programs for all ages and skill levels.[69] The UQ Playing Fields and Ovals is also managed by UQ Sport, home to a total of eight oval fields at the St Lucia campus. The majority are designated for use by particular sports including cricket, rugby and soccer. These ovals are also used for recreational activities and lunchtime social sport.[70]
  • University of Queensland Library was founded in 1910. It developed from a small provincial university library into a major research library.[71]
Playing field North-East of Eleanor Schonell

From its inception in 1936, the UQMS has maintained a significant and respected voice in medicine at a university, state and national level. The Society is led by an executive of 10 medical students and supported by a team of representatives and convenors in excess of 80 medical students. While many traditions such as the annual May Ball, Sports Day and Trephine magazine have continued to the present day, the activities of the UQMS have expanded in recent years in response to student interest and diversity. Such additions include the establishment of an International Subcommittee, Research Network Subcommittee, The University of Queensland Surgical Interest Group and a satellite office at the Ipswich Campus. The UQMS is also committed to developing world health and Australian Indigenous health through the UQ United Nations Millennium Development Goals Project, a joint initiative between the UQMS and School of Medicine.

  • University of Queensland Debating Society (UQDS) – the University of Queensland Debating Society is one of the oldest and most active student societies at UQ. As of 2011 UQDS is ranked 6th in the World.[64]
  • University of Queensland Medical Society is the peak representative body for students at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. As a not-for-profit association that is run by students, for students, the Society's goal is to advocate, advance and promote the interests of all UQ medical students, enrich the academic and social spheres of medical study, develop and maintain professional links with local, state and national stakeholders, and contribute to the community through its charity initiative, The Ashintosh Foundation.

The University of Queensland maintains a number of support and student services. The campuses at St Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton have Student Centres which provide information and support services. The UQ Union is the peak student representation body that coordinates various student services and activities, including over 190 affiliated clubs and societies, some of whom are listed below.

Student life

  • Dayboro — the Dayboro Veterinary Surgery was bought by the University in 1987 as a teaching clinic for fifth year veterinary students in their dairy cattle medicine rotation. Later, separate brick accommodation was built for student accommodation. Research projects into practical aspects of dairy production are frequently carried out by clinic staff. There is a full range of veterinary services and pet care for dogs, cats, horses, cows, alpacas, goats, and all manner of other small and large animals.
  • Goondiwindi — the Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre was set up in 1965 to establish a centre for teaching and research in veterinary practice and is located at Goondiwindi 360 kilometres (220 mi) west of Brisbane on the Queensland/NSW border.[63]
  • Charters Towers — the University of Queensland operates an International Seismograph Station at Charters Towers.
  • Mt Nebo — the University of Queensland operates an International Seismograph Station on Mt Nebo.
  • Moreton Bay — the Moreton Bay Research Station and Study Centre is located in Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island and researches the ecosystems.[62]
  • Heron Island — the Heron Island Research Station is situated on Heron Island, 72 kilometres (45 mi) north-east of Gladstone. Its primary use is for coral reef ecology research and teaching and is an integral component of the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observations System and the national Integrated Marine Observing System. It consists of over thirty buildings situated on a two hectare lease.[61]
  • Low Isles — the Low Isles Research Station is located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of Port Douglas in Northern Queensland in a lagoon area of the Marine National Park Zone of the Great Barrier Reef.
Helicopter view of Heron Island Research Station
  • Pinjarra Hills – the Pinjarra Hills Research Station, the Veterinary Science Farm and the Pinjarra Aquatic Research Station are located in Pinjarra Hills, Brisbane. The Aquatic Research Station investigates aquaculture and inland ecology.[60]
  • Indooroopilly — Indooroopilly is the site of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre and the Queensland University Regiment Logistics Company. The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre of the Sustainable Minerals Institute is situated at the former silver and lead mine situated at Finney's Hill in Indooroopilly. It was acquired by the University in 1951 by the School of Mining Engineering. The Centre was officially established as a University Centre and Experimental Mine in 1970, with a goal to develop practical technical solutions for large-scale mining and minerals industry challenges.[59] The Queensland University Regiment Logistics Company is housed in the Witton Barracks, Indooroopilly.
University of Queensland Dental School
  • Turbot Street — Turbot Street is University of Queensland Dental School and associated disciplines campus. It comprises the Hospital Building, the Clinical Building and the Pre-clinical Building at the junction of Turbot Street and Albert Street and next to the Old Windmill in the Brisbane central business district. The campus also houses the Dentistry Library, the Dentistry Learning Centre, the Biomaterials Laboratory and the Orthodontics Laboratory. It operates within the Brisbane Dental Hospital of the Queensland Health North Brisbane Oral Health Services and also draws on the Faculty of Health Science resources and support of the St Lucia campus.[57]

There are other research and education facilities not directly attached to the three campuses. These locations are primarily for research, which cannot be undertaken in the campus locales but also represent buildings which established pre-eminence in education before the creation of the current campuses.

Satellite facilities

The medical school was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1999.[56]

UQ Mayne Medical School and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is the core campus for clinical health teaching and research. The campus is situated in Herston and operates within Queensland Health system of the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. It is home to the School of Medicine, the School of Population Health, the Herston Health Sciences Library, the Centre for Clinical Research and clinical research and learning activities of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.[52][53][54][55]

Herston campus

University of Queensland Medical School, February 1941
UQ School of Medicine, February 1941

In 2008 the Centre for Advanced Animal Science (CAAS) was opened at the Gatton campus — a collaborative venture between UQ and the Queensland Government.[50] Its mission statement: "CAAS is committed to establishing an innovative and best practice biosecure animal research environment".[51]

The UQ Gatton Campus is a 1068-hectare campus which is located at Lawes, Queensland near the town of Gatton, Queensland about 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Brisbane on the Warrego Highway. The campus was opened in 1897 next to the site of the Queensland Agricultural College which was then amalgamated with UQ in 1990.[1] UQ Gatton is the core campus for research, learning and teaching activities and facilities in agriculture, animals, veterinary science and the environment.[49]

Gatton campus

UniQuest has created over 70 companies from its intellectual property portfolio, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than $490 million to take university technologies to market. UQ technologies licensed by UniQuest include UQ’s cervical cancer vaccine technology, image correction technology in magnetic resonance imaging machines, and the Triple P Positive Parenting Program.

UniQuest is the main commercialisation company of the The University of Queensland and specialises in global technology transfer and facilitates access for all business.



The 274 acres (111 ha) campus includes numerous parking spaces[47][48] for the convenience of students and visitors, together with sporting fields, gardens, duckponds, and cycling tracks.The Ring Road which runs from Sir William McGregor Drive to Chancellor's place running past the Union Complex and the Bookshop and the JD Story Building enables access close to most of the built areas on campus for dropping off from vehicles. Current students also have 3 refectories to eat in being the Main Refectory in the Student Union Complex, the Biol Sciences Refectory under the Biological Sciences Library, and the Physiol Refectory under the Physiology Lecture Theatres.

Parking and other amenities

The Student Union Complex houses the student union and other student services.[46]

Student Union Complex

Forgan Smith, Michie, Biology Library and Mayne Hall Buildings

The University also houses the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum in the Michie building (bldg 9, level 2) which contains Queensland's only publicly accessible collection of antiquities from ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and the Near East. The museum supports research and teaching at the University.[44] The UQ Anthropology museum (also in the Michie Building on level 1) contains a significant collection of ethnographic material. It is also open to the public.[45]


[43] The

Art Museum

The university is served by a CityCat wharf, two bus stations and is also served by the Eleanor Schonell Bridge providing pedestrian and bus access across the river to Dutton Park.

UQ CityCat Terminal

Public transport

At its centre is the heritage-listed Great Court — a 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) open area surrounded by sandstone buildings with grotesques of great academics and historic scenes, floral and faunal motifs and crests of universities and colleges from around the world.[41] This central semi-circular quadrangle features a connected arcade so students could reach any section under cover. The Great Court was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2002.[42]

Great Court

In 1927, the land on which the St Lucia campus is built was resumed by the Brisbane City Council using money donated by James O'Neil Mayne and his sister Mary Emelia Mayne to replace the less spacious city campus. The city campus is now home to the Gardens Point campus of the Queensland University of Technology. Construction of the new university at St Lucia began in 1937.[41]


St Lucia campus

The Great Court

The University of Queensland maintains a number of campuses and facilities throughout Queensland.[39][40] UQ has its main campus in the suburb of St Lucia in Brisbane. Its other campuses include Ipswich, Gatton, Herston, and Turbot Street.


The site dates back to 1878 with the opening of the Ipswich branch of the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum. Operations continued until 1910 when it became the Ipswich Hospital for the Insane.[37] In 1938 it was renamed the Ipswich Mental Hospital and in 1964 it was renamed again as the Ipswich Special Hospital. It was finally named the Challinor Centre in 1968 in honour of Dr. Henry Challinor, the ship's surgeon on the Fortitude. From 1968 to 1997 the Challinor Centre served as an institution for people with intellectual disabilities. In late 1997 the Challinor Centre began its first stage of transformation as the new UQ Ipswich campus.[37] In 2014, UQ sold the Ipswich Campus to the University of Southern Queensland, believing that this regional teaching campus would be better utilised by USQ.[38]

The Ipswich campus opened in 1999 and was made up of nearly 20 buildings and more than 5001 students on nearly 25 hectares (62 acres).[37] Courses offered included: arts, business, medicine and social sciences as well as Interaction design. It is located near central Ipswich, Queensland, just south of the CBD. Nearby landmarks include Limestone Park, Workshops Rail Museum and RAAF Base Amberley.

UQ restructuring

In May 2013, UQ joined edX, an international consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Due to start in May 2014, the initial four UQx[36] courses will cover hypersonics, tropical coastal ecosystems, biomedical imaging and the science of everyday thinking.

In 1990, Australia reorganized its higher education system by abolishing the binary system of universities and colleges of advanced education. Under this transition, the University merged with Queensland Agricultural College, to establish the new UQ Gatton campus. In 1999, UQ Ipswich began operation as one of the completely Web-enabled campuses in Australia.[1][35]


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