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University of Southern Queensland

University of Southern Queensland
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Former names
University College of Southern Queensland (1990–1992)
Motto Per Studia Mens Nova
Motto in English
"Through study the mind is renewed"
Type Public
Established 1967 (see Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education)
Chancellor John Dornbusch
Vice-Chancellor Geraldine Mackenzie
Administrative staff
1573 total staff FTE (2016)
Students 27563 (2016)
Location Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield, Queensland, Australia
Campus Urban
Affiliations Regional Universities Network
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The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a medium-sized, regional university based in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia,[1] with three university campuses at Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich.[2] It offers courses in law, health, engineering, the sciences, business, education, and the arts.[2] The institution was established in 1967 as the Darling Downs campus of the Queensland Institute of Technology. In 1970, the institution had provided studying programs for rural Queensland and international communities.[1][3] In 1971, it became the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, then the University College of Southern Queensland in 1990 and finally the University of Southern Queensland in 1992. It operates three research institutes and seven research centres which focus on a wide range of business, agricultural, scientific, environmental, and technological issues.


Queensland Institute of Technology (Darling Downs) opened on 2 February 1967 in Toowoomba. It had 140 foundation students.[4] In 1971, the institute became the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE). Managed by its own College Council, DDIAE educated 75% of the country's international students in the 1986-1987 school year.[4] From 1980 to 1990, DDIAE grew significantly from 1,000 to 8,000 full-time student equivalents (EFTSL).[4] It became the University College of Southern Queensland (UCSQ) in 1990,[4] under the sponsorship of the University of Queensland.[5] In 1992, the institution became the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) when it gained full university status.[4] USQ was a founding member of the Regional Universities Network that was launched in 2011.[6]


Toowoomba campus

USQ ensures that, as a regional university, its curriculum serves local and regional employment needs, it engages in regional social and economic development, and serves the regional community.[1]


About 4,000 students attend the Toowoomba campus,[7] It is one of Australia's most well-equipped and modern campuses, having Harvard style lecture theatres and syndicate rooms in the School of Business Phoenix Building. In addition to its campus library holdings, it has extensive online databases.[8] The campus has Olympic standard basketball courts, high tech gymnasium equipment, an aerobics center, and netball courts at the Clive Berghofer Rec Center. It has the country's largest, most traditional Japanese garden.[7] Three co-educational residential colleges located on its Toowoomba campus: McGregor, Steele Rudd, and Concannon. Together, they accommodate more than 400[9] or 450 students.[8] Housing includes meals, internet, phones, and weekly cleaning service.[10]

Springfield campus buildings, 2014

Springfield campus

USQ's Springfield campus is located at Springfield, a suburb of approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) southwest of Brisbane CBD. The campus has an auditorium, on campus accommodation, and a tavern. Phoenix Radio is its online community radio station serves the Greater Ipswich region and also provides training for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Media program.[11]

Ipswich campus

University of Southern Queensland, Ipswich campus.

USQ Ipswich[a] is located in the growing region of south east Queensland, 55 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. USQ Ipswich offers degrees in nursing and paramedicine as well as tertiary preparation programs. The Campus features an award winning library complete with a rainforest garden and water feature designed to increase air quality and provide an ideal learning environment.[13]


Faculties and academic departments

Business, Education Law and Arts (BELA)

  • School of Arts and Communication
  • School of Commerce
  • School of Law and Justice
  • School of Management and Enterprise
  • School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
  • School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education

Health, Engineering and Sciences (HES)

  • School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • School of Health and Wellbeing
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • School of Psychology, Counselling and Community

Academic profile

Educational programs

It provides on-campus education that serves Darling Downs, Wide Bay, and Southern and Western Queensland.[3] as well as flexible learning programs through external learning or via off campus and overseas education partners[2][3] in southern Africa, Fiji, South-east Asia, Sweden, Norway, and The Emirates. It operates the European Study Center in Bretten, Germany.[3] USQ won the Australian University of the Year Award in 2000-2001.[14][4] USQ has 14 fields of research rated at high-qualified standards by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in 2015. Attested with Quality System Certification of Registration,[14] USQ maintains high educational standards through a program of centralized, staff-driven decision-making, discipline-based management, and quality assurance practices.[3] A 2002 audit found that its quality assurance program could be more effective with improved systems of central monitoring and reviewing.[3]


USQ's research institutes are: [15]

  • Digital Life Lab (DLL) )[4]
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)
  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)

USQ's research centres are: [15]

  • Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD)
  • Centre for Crop Health (CHH)
  • Centre of Excellence in Engineering Fibre Composites (CEEFC)[4]
  • Centre for Health Sciences Research (CHSR)
  • Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre (CERSC)
  • International Centre for Applied Climate Science (ICACS)
  • National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)[4]

The University of Southern Queensland has three research institutes[2] and seven research centres[15] which focus on issues such as agricultural technology, rural health, environmental management, biotechnology, education leadership, web based services, and fibre composite materials.[3] Based on competitive grants won and industry funded research collaborations, USQ has significant and core research strength in the broad area of agriculture and the environment. This core research strength has generated over $10 million in new grant and industry funding, announced by vice-chancellor Bill Lovegrove in 2008.[16]

USQ has also made a commitment to green energy by constructing solar panels in Toowoomba campus to provide green energy to the University. USQ has also developed projects in the fields of construction industry and space research. The University's Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has researched and applied the technique of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) in the project of Toowoomba City Hall renovation.[17] The University, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and international researchers, has developed a project in researching green cement without reliance on clay and limestone.[18] In 2017, the University, in collaboration with University of Sydney and University of New South Wales, has received funding to build a telescope facility at Ken Observatory, Darling Downs, Queensland.[19]

Student enrolments

The University's student body includes full-time and part-time students from both Australia and overseas countries. Based upon the results of the 2013 International student barometer survey, USQ was named the top university for international student satisfaction in Australia that year.[2] In 2015, the University had around 28,203 students of which approximately 84 % was domestic students, 16% was international students, 15.8 was the number of students per staff, and 1.17 was the student ratio of females to males. [20]

Notable alumni

  • Professor Peter Albion - Chair of the Toowoomba Chapter of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (1995-2001) and Vice-President of the Information Technology Council in the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
  • Dr Odette Best - Senior Lecturer (Nursing), Queensland University of Technology
  • Kev Carmody - singer and songwriter
  • Teresa Hsu Chih - Singaporean social worker
  • Yoong Hui Chia - Founder and CEO of Ascenz, a risk intelligence company in maritime industry
  • Dr Bob East - Australian author
  • Jozef Erece - Youngest ever Law graduate in Australian history and youngest ever solicitor in the southern hemisphere [21]
  • David Fagan - Director of Corporate Transition, Queensland University of Technology
  • Jason Gann - actor and writer
  • Professor Lorraine Graham, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Atul Khare - Indian Foreign Service officer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Field Support
  • Dr Rael Lange - Director and Senior Scientist for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland, USA
  • Nelle Lee - actress and writer
  • Katrina Fong Lim - Lord Mayor of Darwin (3 April 2012 – 4 September 2017)
  • Paul Lucas - former politician and Attorney-General of Queensland
  • Joe Roff - rugby union footballer
  • Professor Sean Ryan - Head of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom
  • Sebastian Teo - Singaporean politician and President of NSP
  • Christian Thompson - artist
  • Ken Tonscheck - Australian pop-rock vocalist
  • Dr Janson Yap - Leader of Deloitte Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific’s Risk Advisory practice
  • Adam Zwar - actor and writer

See also


  1. ^ The University of Queensland (UQ) Ipswich Campus was transferred to USQ on 7 January 2015 following an agreement between the two universities. The decision to transfer the Campus was motivated by a desire to increase tertiary education opportunities in the region and to reflect the strategic objectives of each university.[12]


  1. ^ a b c OECD (28 July 2008). Higher Education Management and Policy, Volume 20 Issue 2 Higher Education and Regional Development: Higher Education and Regional Development. OECD Publishing. pp. 140–141. ISBN 978-92-64-04320-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "University of Southern Queensland". University Profiles. Australia's Universities. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Report of the Audit of University of Southern Queensland" (PDF). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Universities Quality Agency. October 2002. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Institutional Profile: University of Southern Queensland". International Council for Open and Distance Education. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Alice Erh-Soon Tay (1990). Australian law and legal thinking between the decades: a collection of 33 Australian reports to the XIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law presented in McGill University Montreal on 18-24 August 1990. University of Sydney. p. 319. ISBN 978-0-646-01827-0. 
  6. ^ "Formation of Regional Universities Network Announced". Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Toowoomba Campus, USQ". Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "University of Southern Queensland". Australia's Universities. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Residential Colleges: University of Southern Queensland". The National Education Directory of Australia. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Southern Queensland". International Programs. Study Abroad, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "USQ Springfield facilities - University of Southern Queensland". Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "USQ to take over UQ Ipswich campus from today". Ipswich Queensland Times. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "UQ Resource Centre". Wilson Architects. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Alison A. Carr-Chellman (13 December 2004). Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality. SAGE Publications. p. 183. ISBN 978-1-4522-3697-1. 
  15. ^ a b c "Research institutes and centres". University of Southern Queensland. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Jim Campbell 16 December 2008, The Morning Bulletin, []
  17. ^ NETcomposites, 16 May 2017, []
  18. ^ USQ-led team cements ARC Discovery funding, 6 November 2015, Australia Research Council, []
  19. ^ Research News, 1 February 2017, Australian Research Council, []
  20. ^ USQ. "Pocket Statistics". 
  21. ^ Couriermail (2 September 2015). "News-Story". 

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