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Coat of Arms of USQ
|University College of Southern Queensland (1990–1992)|
|Motto||Per Studia Mens Nova|
Motto in English
|"Through study the mind is renewed"|
|Established||1967 (see Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education)|
|1573 total staff FTE (2016)|
|Location||Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield, Queensland, Australia|
|Affiliations||Regional Universities Network|
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a medium-sized, regional university based in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, with three university campuses at Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich. It offers courses in law, health, engineering, the sciences, business, education, and the arts. 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. 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. 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. From 1980 to 1990, DDIAE grew significantly from 1,000 to 8,000 full-time student equivalents (EFTSL). It became the University College of Southern Queensland (UCSQ) in 1990, under the sponsorship of the University of Queensland. In 1992, the institution became the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) when it gained full university status. USQ was a founding member of the Regional Universities Network that was launched in 2011.
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.
About 4,000 students attend the Toowoomba campus, 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. 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. Three co-educational residential colleges located on its Toowoomba campus: McGregor, Steele Rudd, and Concannon. Together, they accommodate more than 400 or 450 students. Housing includes meals, internet, phones, and weekly cleaning service.
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.
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.
Business, Education Law and Arts (BELA)
Health, Engineering and Sciences (HES)
It provides on-campus education that serves Darling Downs, Wide Bay, and Southern and Western Queensland. as well as flexible learning programs through external learning or via off campus and overseas education partners in southern Africa, Fiji, South-east Asia, Sweden, Norway, and The Emirates. It operates the European Study Center in Bretten, Germany. USQ won the Australian University of the Year Award in 2000-2001. 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, USQ maintains high educational standards through a program of centralized, staff-driven decision-making, discipline-based management, and quality assurance practices. A 2002 audit found that its quality assurance program could be more effective with improved systems of central monitoring and reviewing.
USQ's research institutes are: 
USQ's research centres are: 
The University of Southern Queensland has three research institutes and seven research centres which focus on issues such as agricultural technology, rural health, environmental management, biotechnology, education leadership, web based services, and fibre composite materials. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.