University of Southern Queensland
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|University of Southern Queensland|
Coat of Arms of USQ
|Motto||Per Studia Mens Nova (Latin: "Through study the mind is renewed")|
1992 (University of Southern Queensland)
|Admin. staff||1598 total staff (2012)|
|Location||Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, and Springfield, Queensland, Australia|
|Affiliations||Regional Universities Network|
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is based in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, with campuses also in Springfield and Fraser Coast. The institution was established in 1967 as the Queensland Institute of Technology (Darling Downs). 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.
Total student enrolments in 2012 were 27,228, of which international students studying on-campus was 1,853 and studying externally was 3,969. Overall, 19,976 students studied online/externally, 4,468 studied on-campus at USQ Toowoomba, 898 studied on-campus at USQ Fraser Coast and 1886 studied on-campus at USQ Springfield
In 1961 the City of Toowoomba reserved 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land to the southwest of the main town centre for educational purposes. This suburb was named Darling Heights on 25 September 1966 but was later renamed Darling Heights.
The Queensland Institute of Technology (Darling Downs) opened in Toowoomba in 1967 as a technical college offering 29 full-time technological diploma courses to 140 foundation students who studied full-time or part-time. The foundation principal was Mr J Wolfe who served until May 1967 when Mr Lindsay Barker became principal.
After the passage of the amended Education Act in 1971 the Institute became an autonomous multi-purpose college under the control of its own college council which subsequently determined that the new college would become the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education.
By 1973, accredited professional degree courses were offered in:
- Business Studies.
The School of Arts was formed in 1974. The Institute established the External Studies Department in 1978 and this soon became a recognised benchmark in its field with UNESCO selecting it as a demonstration unit. By this time external enrolments had begun to rival the number of internal enrolments.
The period spanning 1980 to 1990 saw a period of unprecedented growth of the Institute leading to the establishment of the University College of Southern Queensland (UCSQ) under the sponsorship of the University of Queensland. On 1 January 1992, UCSQ became the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) with Professor Barry Leal becoming the University’s inaugural Vice-Chancellor.
With the appointment of Professor Peter Swannell as Vice-Chancellor in 1996 the University underwent a further period of exceptional growth which included the establishment of a Wide Bay Campus, later renamed USQ Fraser Coast, and a Brisbane Centre in 1997, the USQ European Study Centre in Bretten, Germany in 1998 and the building of a number of landmark structures on campus. In 1998 USQ was voted the 'World’s Best Dual Mode University' by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) while Professor Jim Taylor, the then Director of the Distance Education Centre won the inaugural ICDE prize for individual excellence for his contribution to global distance learning.
In 1999, USQ launched USQOnline, and was named winner of the Best Exporter Award in the Government Category of the National Multicultural Marketing Awards held by the New South Wales Ethnic Affairs Commission. In 2000, USQ won the organisational category of the Queensland Government Multicultural Services Awards and was named joint winner of the Good Universities Guides 'Australian University of the Year (2000–2001)' for demonstrated leadership in establishing the e-University.
In 2003, USQ opened Stage II of its Wide Bay Campus, constructed a research and manufacturing facility for Fibre Composites and established USQ International College, Fiji. Following the retirement of Professor Peter Swannell in 2003, Professor Bill Lovegrove was appointed as Vice-Chancellor. By the end of 2003 USQ had in excess of 25,000 enrolled students from 133 countries and a full-time equivalent of 1400 staff. Since 1992, USQ’s capital works expenditure has exceeded $107 million. The University has an estimated annual economic injection into the economy of the region in excess of $150 million per annum.
In July 2004, USQ won the Commonwealth of Learning Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement which recognises and honours excellence in distance education and open learning. The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.
In December 2004, the University improved its distance education profile by being accredited with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC), an American public service organisation dedicated to identifying quality distance learning institutions. The accreditation is an expression of confidence in the educational programs, policies and procedures of the University by its peers, and brings the institution recognition through the extension of special status by several American states under their legislation and regulations.
In Semester One 2006 the USQ Springfield campus opened its doors to more than 350 students in Brisbane’s south-western corridor. The Campus is situated in an education precinct, known as Education City, which includes other educational providers, such as English as a second language providers, an ABC Childcare and Training Centre and the Bremer Institute of TAFE to name a few. The Campus offers programs in Business, Science and Arts and is well known for its intensive mode, which is very popular at the postgraduate level.
The USQ Historical Archives, established in 2007, documents and maintains a secure, publicly accessible collection which records all aspects of the University's history for the purpose of research and to preserve the USQ memory.
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Governance and committees
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The University's governing body is the Council. Members of the Council, representing University and community interests, contribute to the overall governance of the University by helping to set strategic directions and develop policy. The University of Southern Queensland Act 1998 establishes the Council and defines the functions and powers of the Council and the University, and sets limits on what the University and its authorities may do. The Council is advised by a number of key committees.
The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University. As Chief Executive Officer she is responsible for the academic, administrative, financial and other affairs of the USQ. The Vice-Chancellor promotes the interests and furthers the development of the USQ. The Vice-Chancellor exercises general supervision over the activities and welfare of staff and students of the USQ. The Vice-Chancellor has all such powers and duties as may be necessary or convenient to enable her to carry out her responsibilities.
The Academic Board is the University's senior academic advisory body. Its members include the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Deans, senior members of the University, elected members, the president of the USQ Student Guild, and two other student representatives. The Board is responsible for making recommendations to Council on academic policy, is concerned with monitoring the academic activities of the University’s faculties, and the promotion and encouragement of teaching, scholarship and research. Underpinning this is the role of academic policy development and review. Academic Board is supported by a number of standing committees.
Faculties and academic departments
- Faculty of 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
- Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences (HES)
- School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
- School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
- School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
- School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
- School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
The University of Southern Queensland has three research institutes and seven research institutes. In addition research students and research staff may operate out of the faculty structure.
Based on competitive grants won, industry funded research collaborations, and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings, USQ has significant and core research strength in the broad area of agriculture and the environment.
It includes research performed across several centres and faculties in areas such as agribusiness, astrophysics, crop biotechnology, the effect of climate on food and water security, precision agriculture, farming mechanisation, irrigation systems, hydrology, soil sciences, forestry, natural resource management, UV radiation, farm energy use and emissions, fibre composite materials, and green energy.
This core research strength has generated over $10 million in new grant and industry funding during 2010-2012 and is the driver of USQ’s ERA “world class” ratings in Agriculture & Veterinary Science and Physical Sciences.
USQ also has several emerging areas of research strength including research in digital futures, mathematical sciences, biomedical sciences, and research performed in the broad area of regional systems. This encompasses research into regional sustainability or delivery of health services, business, education, law, social factors, anthropology, indigenous pasts and arts that have a specific regional Australian basis or aspect.
USQ's research institutes are:
- Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI)
- Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)
- Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
USQ's research centres are:
- Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD)
- Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments (ACSC)
- Centre of Excellence in Engineering Fibre Composites (CEEFC)
- Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH)
- Centre for Systems Biology (CSBi)
- Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre (CESRC)
- National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)
- Teresa Hsu Chih
- Paul Lucas (politician)
- Atul Khare
- Sebastian Teo
- Mark Willacy
- Jason Gann
- Nelle Lee
- Joe Roff
The University of Southern Queensland has 3 residential colleges located on its Toowoomba campus. All 3 colleges are co-ed and two (McGregor and Steele Rudd) have no religious affiliation. The 3 colleges are:
- McGregor - established with the support and initiative of the Darling Downs Association for Advanced Education in 1967, McGeregor is named after Dr Alex McGregor a former Mayor of Toowoomba, who had a significant influence on the development of tertiary education in the region. The college accommodates 200 students.
- Steele Rudd - established with the support and initiative of the Darling Downs Association for Advanced Education in 1967. Steele Rudd is named in honour of Arthur Hoey Davis, pen-name Steele Rudd, a distinguished Australian and Darling Downs author. The college accommodates 130 students.
- Concannon - owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba and managed on behalf of the Diocese by the University. Concannon College was built at the initiative of Bishop Edward Kelly and is named in honour of the Concannon family, in particular Monsignor Edward Concannon in appreciation for his work in education. The college welcomes students of any religious background, beliefs and cultures. The college accommodates 102 students.
Fraser Coast Campus
USQ's Fraser Coast campus is located on the Queensland coast at Hervey Bay, about 300 kilometres from Brisbane - a forty-five minute flight or a four hour drive from Brisbane CBD. There are more than 800 students enrolled at Fraser Coast in accounting, business, commerce and marketing; health, human biology and nursing; community welfare and development and human services; education; and postgraduate work-based learning. The Campus features new $800 000 library and bookshop which opened in 2013. The Campus also features a Student Hub for personal and academic support; computer labs and wireless access; green spaces and cafes.
Phoenix Radio is a project of USQ Springfield. This online community radio station serves the Greater Ipswich region and also provides training for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Media program as well as people from the local area.
The campus also features:
- An auditorium
- The Central Tavern (Formally known as the "On Campus Bar" or "The OC")
- On-Campus accommodation
- Direct access to 24 hectares of parklands
- Orion Greater Springfield shopping and entertainment precinct
- Close proximity to the Greg Norman-designed Brookwater Golf Course
- History About USQ, University of Southern Queensland (accessed 4 June 2011)]
- About USQ, University of Southern Queensland (accessed 4 June 2011)]
- Programs and Courses, University of Southern Queensland (accessed 10 January 2014)]
- University of Southern Queensland 2012 Annual Report (accessed 10 January 2014)]
- http://www.usq.edu.au/about-usq/governance-management/council USQ Council
- http://www.usq.edu.au/about-usq/governance-management/vice-chancellor Vice-Chancellor and President
- http://www.usq.edu.au/about-usq/governance-management/academic-board Academic Board
- http://www.usq.edu.au/research/usq/strategy USQ Research Plan
- >"Residential Colleges". Retrieved 9 December 2008.</
- http://www.usq.edu.au/news-events/News/2013/06/fc-library USQ brings state of the art learning to Fraser Coast
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- University of Southern Queensland - Sydney Education Centre
- USQ Student guild