CQUniversity Australia has been on a phenomenal trajectory since 2009. Its remarkable growth in student numbers, new courses, new campuses, infrastructure and reputation has seen CQUniversity emerging as one of Australia’s truly great universities.
CQUniversity has now firmly established itself as the largest university based in regional Australia, the only comprehensive university in Queensland, a renowned research institution in key industries, and the benchmark leader for how universities should engage with their communities. Its record of achievement over the past five years is matched only by the ambitious aspirations it has set itself over the coming five years, with a continued expansion of student impact, research accomplishment and community engagement firmly in its sights.
CQUniversity has more than 35 000 students spread across 24 campuses and locations Australia-wide. The University has campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Noosa, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville. Along with these campuses the university also operates study centres in Charters Towers, Cannonvale, Karratha and Perth, and delivers programs in Cooma and Geraldton thanks to partnerships with the respective university centres in those communities.
CQUniversity delivers more than 300 education and training offerings, from short courses and certificates, through to undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. Study areas include apprenticeships, trades and training, business, accounting and law, creative, performing and visual arts, education and humanities, engineering and built environment, health, information technology and digital media, psychology, social work and community services, science and environment, and work and study preparation.
As a pioneer in the delivery of distance education, CQUniversity continues to be a leader in this area with about half of the current student cohort being made up of students studying off-campus, with many based in rural and remote areas.
CQUniversity is also proud to have the highest ratio of students from low socio-economic, mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and first-in-family backgrounds. The university defines itself by who it embraces rather than who it excludes, and because of this is widely recognised as Australia’s most inclusive university.
CQUniversity students have some of the best graduate outcomes, with data released by Graduate Careers Australia indicating that CQUniversity has an overall full-time graduate employment rate of 81.1 per cent. This ﬁgure is almost 10 per cent higher than the national average of 71.3 per cent for Australian resident bachelor degree graduates. Data released by the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website also shows that CQUniversity out performs the majority of Australian universities when it comes to study support, graduate employment and graduate salary outcomes.
CQUniversity has also established itself as a research focused university with many research activities being informed by close collaboration and partnership with industry and community in the regions the university serves. In 2015, this research focus also saw CQUniversity achieve Excellence in Research Australia results of ‘at’ , ‘above’ or ‘well above’ world standard in 14 different categories of research including mathematical sciences, applied mathematics, psychological and cognitive services, nursing, medical and health services, agriculture, environmental science, medical and health science, and mechanical engineering.