History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Southern Queensland is a medium-sized, regional university based in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia that was established in 1969 as the Darling Downs campus of the Queensland Institute of Technology. In 1970, the college offered study programmes to rural Queenslanders as well as overseas students. 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. The University is officially recognized by the Department of Education and Training of Australia. EQUIS, a global accrediting organisation, has affirmed Business School's status as a top international business school. In the World University Rankings 2022, it ranks #401-500 and #116th in the Young Universities Rankings 2021 by Times Higher Education. The university also ranks #701-750 in the QS World Rankings for 2022. In the QS WUR Rankings by Subject 2022, it is ranked #451-500. Furthermore, as per the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2022, the university is ranked #607.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The USQ has three campuses and numerous regional support offices in Australia and in other countries where award programmes are offered. The University of Southern Queensland is home to three key campuses in Australia: Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich. Its main campus in Toowoomba is comprehensive and well-equipped, with a variety of facilities, support services, on-campus accommodation, and recreational options.The university library's extensive collection of printed and digital resources offers significant assistance with studying, teaching, and research. The 5.4-acre Gumbi Gumbi Gardens are located next to the campus' northern main gate and contain over 100 different plant types. The Japanese Garden, which has a mountain stream, waterfall, centre lake, Azalea Hill, and over 3-km of walkways, is another attraction on the site. About 230 different types of Australian and Japanese trees and plants are included in this area. By conducting timely medical services and frequent health exams, USQ's medical facilities guarantee the students' safety and wellbeing. Small class sizes and individual attention are added benefits. The university offers 195 undergraduate degrees and 121 graduate programs. The courses are in the field of Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences, Clinical, Preclinical, and Health, Computer Science, Law, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Education, Psychology, and Business & Economics.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The latest Good Universities Guide revealed that USQ students go on to be some of the most highly employed graduates in the country. Five stars are awarded to USQ for Full-Time Employment where 82.5% of graduates find full-time jobs within four months of graduating, well above the national average (69.5 per cent) and the second-highest employment rate in the country. The University is awarded five stars in the QS Stars rating. Four Stars for inclusiveness and Three Stars are rewarded for fulfilling social responsibilities. Additionally, the University has 100 000+ alumni scattered across 146 countries around the globe. Some of the notable names are Anne Ruston, Minister For Families and Social Services of Australia, John Mcveigh, Former Member of the Australian Parliament and Jason Gann, Australian Actor.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Students from all around the world are welcomed at the University of Southern Queensland. There are 11,841 students registered, with around 2,000+ overseas students. The institution has 523 faculty and staff members, 383 of whom are domestic and 180 of them are international workers. Clubs and societies are an important component of USQ student life, bringing together varied groups and creating possibilities for incoming freshmen. There are more than 35 student clubs to enrich students' experience and diversity. Furthermore, the latest Good Universities Guide 2022 rankings show that graduates of the University of Southern Queensland have the highest starting salary in Queensland (second nationally). The rankings also revealed 89% of USQ postgraduates found full-time employment within 4 months of finishing their degree.