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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology
QUTLogo.svg
Motto A University For The Real World
Type Public research university
Established 1989; 28 years ago (1989) from the granting of University status to Queensland Institute of Technology by the Queensland University of Technology Act passed in 1988 and also by the subsequent merger of Brisbane College of Advanced Education with QUT in 1990.[1]
Endowment A$955.854 million (2015)[2][3]
Chancellor Tim Fairfax AC
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake AO
Academic staff
2,158 (FTE, 2015)[4]
Students 48,833 (2016)[4]
Undergraduates 35,304 (2015)[4]
Postgraduates 12,035 (2015)[4]
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
27°28′37″S 153°01′41″E / 27.47694°S 153.02806°E / -27.47694; 153.02806
Campus Urban
CRICOS 00213J
Colours Blue, White          
Affiliations ASAIHL, ATN
Website www.qut.edu.au

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a public research university located in the urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. QUT is located on three campuses in the Brisbane area: Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove, and Caboolture. The university in its current form was founded in 1989, when the then Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) was granted university status by the 'Queensland University of Technology Act' passed in 1988 and also by the subsequent merger of Brisbane College of Advanced Education with QUT in 1990.[1] QUT is a member of the Australian Technology Network of universities.

In 2015, QUT had enrolled 48,503 students, including 8,218 international students from more than 100 countries,[5] 35,304 undergraduate students, 12,035 postgraduate students and 1,164 non-award students.[4] The university had a total of 4,872 Full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members (academic, professional, full-time or fractional full-time and casual) in 2015,[4] and an annual budget of over $900 million.[6]

History

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has a history that dates back to 1849 when the Brisbane School of Arts was established. Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) succeeded the Central Technical College and was formed in 1965.[1] The current QUT was established as a university in 1989[1] from the merger of several predecessor institutions listed below:

  • Brisbane School of Arts (1849)
  • Brisbane Technical College (1882)
  • Central Technical College (1908)
  • Queensland Institute of Technology (1965)

Brisbane College of Advanced Education was formed in 1982, which itself is a combination of multiple predecessor institutions shown in the list below:

In 1988, the Queensland University of Technology Act was passed for the grant of university status to Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT). As a result, QIT was granted university status and was operational as Queensland University of Technology (QUT) from January 1989 onwards. Later, the Brisbane College of Advanced Education had joined with QUT in 1990.[1]

The Gardens Point campus was once solely occupied by the 19th Century building, the former Government House of Queensland. In 1909, during the relocation of the Governor's residence, Old Government House and the surrounding five hectares were set aside for both a University and a Technical College. The first university on the site was the University of Queensland which was moved to St Lucia in 1945, where it remains today.

Campuses and precincts

QUT has three campuses. Each is a micro-community, with on-campus academic, recreational, and support facilities.

Gardens Point

Part of Gardens Point campus as seen from South Bank Parklands

Gardens Point campus is located in Brisbane's city centre, beside the Brisbane River and adjacent to the City Botanic Gardens and Queensland Parliament House. At the centre of the campus is the Old Government House which was built in 1862 and re-opened in 2009.[7] The faculties of Business, Law, and Science and Engineering are based at this campus.

Gardens Cultural Precinct

Gardens Point campus hosts the Gardens Cultural Precinct, comprising the Gardens Theatre and QUT Art Museum, which offer a full theatre and exhibition program.

  • The QUT Art Museum houses the university's art collection, which focuses on contemporary Australian art, including painting, sculpture, decorative art and works on paper.[8] The Museum opened in 2000 and attracted about 350,000 people in its first decade of operations.[9] The building is a 1930s neo-classical revivalist building, and the QUT Art Museum was designed by Peddle Thorpe Architects, Brisbane.
  • The Gardens Theatre features professional theatre, children's theatre, and student showcases.[10] The Gardens Point Precinct also comprises a cafe, bar, and free parking. The Gardens Theatre is a medium-sized venue, formerly known as the Basil Jones Theatre, and was renovated with assistance from the Queensland Government. It was reopened as the Gardens Theatre in 1999 by the then Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie. It provides space for QUT productions and visiting performers, and is the only theatre complex in Brisbane's central business district.

Science and Engineering Centre

The Science and Engineering Centre was completed in November 2012. It brings together teaching and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. QUT has received both gifts, and federal government funding to support the project’s $230 million budget.[11][12]

Kelvin Grove

The Kelvin Grove campus is situated in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village

Kelvin Grove campus hosts the faculties of Creative Industries, Education, and Health as well as the QUT International College and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. Kelvin Grove campus is connected to the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, a development comprising private residences, education, retail, health, and business in one precinct.

QUT Kelvin Grove Health Clinics offer services for free or low-cost to staff, students, and the general public.

The Creative Industries Precinct, located at Kelvin Grove campus, includes many arts and exhibition spaces open to the public:

  • the Roundhouse Theatre, a large theatre venue and home of the La Boite Theatre Company
  • interactive exhibition spaces
  • an experimental black-box theatre
  • multimedia performance spaces
  • public artwork exhibition spaces

The Precinct was built at a cost of around $60 million on the site of the Gona Barracks, an Australian Army barracks, which was decommissioned in 1998.[13][14]

Caboolture (transferring to USC)

The Caboolture campus, located 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Brisbane, shares its campus with TAFE Queensland. Caboolture campus offers undergraduate degrees in business, education, and nursing, and first-year studies in creative industries.

The campus is situated halfway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is convenient for residents of Pine Rivers, Caboolture, Bribie Island, Glasshouse Mountains, and the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

On 15 June 2017, QUT and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) announced that Caboolture Campus would transfer to USC from 1 January 2018.[15]

Canberra

QUT hosts a small campus in the suburb of Deakin in Canberra.[16] The campus operates on a single floor at the EQ Café Lounge inside the room 'Equinox Business Park' wherein the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program is taught.[17] Currently, this is the only course being offered by QUT at the Canberra campus.[18]

Carseldine (closed)

In November 2008, Carseldine teaching, research, and support activities were relocated to Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses. This included the School of Psychology and Counselling and the School of public health and social work, as well as some Business, Science, and Information Technology subjects. The campus has since been abandoned and is currently under renovations by the Queensland Government. The Carseldine Urban Village, as set out by the ULDA (Urban Land Development Authority) is what will be replacing the unused campus there.[19] Following QUT's decision to vacate the campus and the lack of a suitable education provider to take over the site, the State Government announced plans to decentralise government services and move around 1000 employees to the remodeled former QUT buildings by late 2012.[20]

Academic profile

Entrance to QUT Gardens Point campus. Parliament House can be seen on the right

QUT offers undergraduate & postgraduate courseworks, graduate diplomas & certificates and higher degree research courses (Masters & PhDs) including but not limited to the fields listed below:

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health and Community
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Law and Justice
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Engineering

The QUT Business School has triple accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB).[21] It is placed within the top 1% of Business Schools worldwide.[22][23]

San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, US offers a Ph.D. program in library science in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology.[24]

Rankings

University rankings
Queensland University of Technology
QS World[25] 247=
QS GER World[26] 61-70
THE-WUR World[27] 201-250
ARWU World[28] 201-300
USNWR World[29] 274=
CWTS Leiden World[30] 348
Australian rankings
QS National[25] 13=
THE-WUR National [31] 9=
ARWU National[32] 11=
USNWR National[33] 15
CWTS Leiden National[30] 14
ERA National[35] 10[34]

QUT ranks within the top 10 Australian universities by the Excellence in Research for Australia and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[36][37][38][39] The university is consistently ranked in the top 12 universities of Australia and among the top 2% universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44]

In 2015, QUT was ranked 303rd in the world and 9th in Australia by the Consensus World Rankings of Universities, also known as Cube Rankings.[45] In 2016, it was ranked in the 201st–300th bracket in the world and 8th in Australia by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[46] The university was ranked 339th in the world and 10th in Australia in 2016 by the U.S. News & World Report Rankings under the Best Global Universities Rankings category.[47] It was ranked among the top 250 universities of the world in the 201st–250th bracket and 9th in Australia in the 2016-2017 world rankings by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[48]

The university was ranked 298th worldwide, 11th in Australia and 12th in the entire of Oceania region by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2017.[49][50]

In 2017, it was ranked 32nd in the whole of Asia-Pacific region and 10th in Australia by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings under the best universities of Asia-Pacific Region category.[51]

QUT is ranked in the top 250 universities globally at 247th place in the 2018 world rankings by the QS World University Rankings.[41]

It is ranked in the 201-250th bracket worldwide and 9th in Australia in the 2018 world rankings by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[39]

The university was ranked 205th in the world, 11th in Australia and 12th in the Oceania region by the uniRank World University Rankings 2017.[52][53][54]

The university is ranked in the 201st–300th bracket worldwide and 11th in Australia in 2017 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[44][55][56]

QUT was ranked as Australia's best university under 50 years of age in 2013 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the THE Top 100 Under 50 years World Young University Rankings category, which was placed at No.1 position in Australia and ranked 26th internationally in that category.[57][58] In 2016, it was ranked 28th globally in the THE Top 150 Under 50 years World Young University Rankings category and in 2017, it was ranked 24th worldwide in the THE Top 200 Under 50 years World Young University Rankings category by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and both times secured the second-highest and top 2 position in Australia.[59][60][61][62]

Since 2013, QUT has been ranked within the top 3 young universities nationally and among the top 35 young universities of the world (2013(26), 2014(31), 2015(33), 2016(28=), 2017(24)) as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the THE Top 200 Under 50 years World Young University Rankings category.[62]

Since 2013, the university ranks within the top 3 young universities of Australia and among the top 30 young universities of the world (2013(23), 2014(28), 2015(20), 2016(18), 2018(18=)) as per the QS World University Rankings in the QS Top 50 Under 50 years World Young University Rankings category.[63]

In 2017, QUT was ranked 6th in Australia and 7th in the entire of Oceania region by the QS World University Rankings in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings category and ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the 61-70 bracket globally in the same category.[64][65] As per the 2018 graduate employability world rankings, the university is ranked 9th in Australia and 10th in Oceania region and in the world's top 120 universities in the 111-120th bracket worldwide by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.[66][67]

It was ranked in the top 5 universities worldwide in 2017 by the Center for World University Rankings in the subject areas of Ergonomics (2) and Transportation (3) under the Center for World University Rankings by Subject category.[68]

The university was ranked 1st in Australia and 24th globally in the subject area of Communication and Media Studies by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.[69] It was ranked 8th nationally and 38th worldwide in the subject area of Nursing as per the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.[69] It was ranked 4th in Australia and 65th in the world in the subject area of Computer Science by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2017.[70][71] QUT was the only non-Go8 university ranked in Australia along with three other Go8 universities by the Times Higher Education in the top 100 universities worldwide in the subject area of Computer Science in 2017.[70][72] It is ranked again in the top 100 universities of the world for 2018 year at 98th position and 4th in Australia in the subject area of Computer Science by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018.[73][74]

As per the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, QUT was ranked within the top 50 universities worldwide in the subject areas of Mineral & Mining Engineering (40=), Art & Design (41), Nursing (42=) and Education (45).[75] It was ranked within the top 100 universities worldwide in Social Sciences & Management (98=) and in the 51-100 bracket globally in the subject areas of Architecture, Engineering - Civil & Structural, Law, Performing Arts, Social Policy & Administration and Sports-Related Subjects.[75] It was ranked within the top 150 universities globally in Engineering & Technology (113=) and in the 101-150 bracket worldwide in the subject areas of Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, Computer Science & Information Systems, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Sociology and Statistical & Operations Research.[75] It was ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide in Arts & Humanities (171=) and in the 151-200 bracket globally in the subject areas of Engineering - Electrical & Electronic, Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing and Psychology.[75] It was ranked within the top 300 universities globally in Life Sciences & Medicine (266=) and in the 251-300 bracket worldwide in Biological Sciences.[75] QUT is ranked 10th in Australia and in the 176-200 bracket worldwide in the subject area of Life Sciences by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018.[76]

Research

QUT establishes collaborative research partnerships between academia, industry, government and community actors. As part of QUT's commitment to collaborative research, they are a key member of the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, Queensland's first academic health science system. QUT attracts national grants and industry funding and has a number of research centres, including:

Research institutes

  • Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
  • Institute for Future Environments (IFE)

Research Centres

  • Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR)
  • Commercial and Property Law Research Centre (CPLRC)
  • Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV)
  • Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC)

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame

In 2009 State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School collaborated to establish the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame (QBLHOF) initiative.[77] The QBLHOF recognises outstanding contributions made by organisations, companies and individuals to develop the Queensland economy and society, both contemporary and historical. A governing committee determines a list of inductees based on a set of criteria including:

  • Sustained leadership
  • Major financial contribution
  • Pioneering
  • Outstanding contribution
  • Achievement of iconic status

The inductees are announced at a gala event each year in July. Since 2014 the QBLHOF has also awarded an annual Fellowship, to recipients working on a research project that utilises the resources of the John Oxley Library to produce new interpretations of Queensland's business history.

Library

The QUT Library provides learning and research support to students and staff. There are four library branches at QUT: Gardens Point library, Law library, Kelvin Grove library and Caboolture library.[78] In addition to borrowing and information access services, the QUT library also offers specialised support for coursework students, academic staff and researchers.

The QUT library has a resource budget of approximately $13 million to buy subscription to academic journals and other materials. QUT Library provides the 3rd largest collection of ebooks and online video of any Australian or New Zealand university library.[79][80]

The QUT library hosts a number of institutional repositories. QUT is a world leader in the area of open access. In 2003, it became the first university in the world to adopt an institution-wide Open Access policy, mandating the deposit of research papers in its institutional repository, QUT ePrints.[81]

Controversy

Reports of on-campus sexual assault and harassment

Between 2011 and 2016 there were 17 officially reported cases of sexual abuse and harassment on campus, resulting in no expulsions and no suspensions.[82] This was less than the 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission report on sexual assault and harassment which found reported figures substantially higher than this.[83]

Notable alumni and faculty

See also

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