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

World rankings

UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2021 (36), the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2021 (38), CWTS Leiden Ranking 2022 (32), QS World University Rankings 2023 (50), Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021 (51), and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 (54).

205 UQ staff (including honorary and adjunct appointments) and emeritus professors are Fellows of Australia’s five learned academies, AAS, AAHMS, ASSA, ATSE, and AAH.

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.

Teaching and learning excellence

Skilled and motivated teachers are integral to providing positive teaching and learning outcomes for students.

UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence, having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) than any other university in the country and attracting the majority of Queensland's highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

We are committed to excellence in learning experiences and outcomes for our students.


In late 2013, UQ joined edX – the world’s leading consortium of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), jointly founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). UQ is a charter member, with a seat on the University Advisory Board of the not-for-profit edX enterprise and operates under the name of UQx.

UQx has 55 MOOCs and nine programs, including three MicroMasters, three Professional Certificates, two XSeries and one online master's degree program, currently running on edX, with more under development. UQx MOOCs cover subjects drawn from many disciplines, along with meta-skills courses in employability and teamwork. Since releasing its first course in March 2014, UQx has registered more than 4.23 million participants representing every country.

Student experience

The Student Employability Centre provides students with opportunities, choices and support that will enable them to achieve their individual aspirations, to become leaders in their chosen fields and to positively impact on the society in which they live. In addition to flexible program choices, students can enjoy a wide range of activities during their studies, including global experiences, participating in conferences and research opportunities, accessing more than 200 clubs and societies, and making use of a wide range of sporting and cultural facilities.

In 2021, the University had more than 56,000 students including 21,000 international students from 137 countries. UQ’s 20,000 postgraduate students include a large PhD cohort, and we recently celebrated our 16,300th PhD graduation.

UQ is continually discovering and practising innovative approaches to fostering student retention and employability. We work towards achieving our strategic objectives by partnering with students to develop new initiatives to enhance the student experience.

Notable alumni

The University’s outstanding 307,000+ alumni include a Nobel laureate, 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 reflect well on the University and, in return, we work hard to strengthen our reputation.

Research focus

The UQ Graduate School offers significant support to higher degree by research (HDR) students through a broad range of scholarships and research travel awards, dedicated office spaces, skills training, and professional development opportunities. We introduced the Career Development Framework – another first nationally – designed to accelerate HDR students’ career development and enhance their employability. Evidence indicates that the University’s research excels in both quality and impact.


At a glance

10 December 1909 (Signing of the University Act)

16 April 1910 (Gazettal of the first Senate, and officially celebrated foundation date)

14 March 1911 (Commencement of classes)


Scientia ac Labore, Latin for 'by means of knowledge and hard work'

Emblem/Coat of Arms
UQ Coat of Arms

Cross Patee azure surmounted by an open book proper


6,917 full-time equivalent


Undergraduate and non-award – 34,284 (28,117 full-time equivalent)
Postgraduate – 21,699 (15,540 full-time equivalent)
Total number of students in 2021 – 56,278

Graduate job rate

71.4% (average full-time rate for bachelor degree); national average 68.9% (2021 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey)


More than 307,000 since 1911

Real Estate

1670 hectares

Library collection

2.36 million book titles (electronic and print)

194,870 journals (electronic and print)

An institutional repository, UQ eSpace, housing more than 432,000 items authored or co-authored by UQ-affiliated researchers

Extensive cultural and historical collections