Queensland University of Technology

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Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology (logo).svg
Motto A University For The Real World
Type Public research university
Established 1989; 27 years ago (1989) from the merger of Queensland Institute of Technology and the Brisbane College
Endowment A$889 million (2013)[1]
Chancellor Tim Fairfax AC
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake AO
Academic staff
2,200 (FTE academic, 2011)
Undergraduates 34,793
Postgraduates 5,126
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
27°28′37″S 153°01′41″E / 27.47694°S 153.02806°E / -27.47694; 153.02806Coordinates: 27°28′37″S 153°01′41″E / 27.47694°S 153.02806°E / -27.47694; 153.02806
Campus Urban
Colours Blue, White          
Affiliations ASAIHL, ATN
Website www.qut.edu.au

The Queensland University of Technology, abbreviated as QUT, is a public research university located in the urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. QUT is located on three campuses in the Brisbane area: Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove, and Caboolture. The university has approximately 35,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 post graduate students, of which 6,000 are international students.[2] It has over 4 000 staff members, and an annual budget of more than AU$750 million.[2] The university in its current form was founded 1989, when the then Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) merged with the Brisbane College of Advanced Education.

QUT ranks within the top 10 Australian universities and the upper 3 per cent world-wide.[3] QUT has been ranked as Australia's best university under 50 years of age by the Times Higher Education Top 100, and ranks 26th globally in that category.[4]


QUT has a history that dates back to 1849.[5] The current Queensland University of Technology was established in 1989[5] from the merger of Queensland University of Technology with predecessor institutions:

with the Brisbane College of Advanced Education (1982), itself a combination of multiple predecessor institutions:

  • Brisbane Kindergarten Training College (1911)
  • Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers College (1965)
  • Queensland Teachers Training College (1914)
  • Kelvin Grove Teachers College (1961)
  • Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education (1976)
  • Kedron Park Teachers College (1961)
  • North Brisbane College of Advanced Education (1974)

The Gardens Point campus was once solely occupied by the 19th Century building, the former Government House of Queensland. In 1909, during the relocation of the Governor's residence, Old Government House and the surrounding five hectares were set aside for both a University and a Technical College. The first university on the site was the University of Queensland which was moved to St Lucia in 1945, where it remains today.

Campuses and Precincts[edit]

QUT has three campuses, each is a micro-community, with on-campus academic, recreational, and support facilities.

Gardens Point[edit]

Part of Gardens Point campus as seen from South Bank Parklands.

Gardens Point campus is located in Brisbane’s city centre, beside the Brisbane River and adjacent to the City Botanic Gardens and Queensland Parliament House. At the centre of the campus is the Old Government House which was built in 1862 and re-opened in 2009.[6] The faculties of Business, Law, and Science and Engineering are based at this campus.

Gardens Cultural Precinct Gardens Point campus hosts the Gardens Cultural Precinct, comprising the Gardens Theatre and QUT Art Museum, which offer a full theatre and exhibition program.

  • The QUT Art Museum houses the university's art collection, which focuses on contemporary Australian art, including painting, sculpture, decorative art and works on paper.[7] The Museum opened in 2000 and attracted about 350,000 people in its first decade of operations.[8] The building is a 1930s neo-classical revivalist building, and the QUT Art Museum was designed by Peddle Thorpe Architects, Brisbane.
  • The Gardens Theatre features professional theatre, children's theatre, and student showcases.[9] The Gardens Point Precinct also comprises a cafe, bar, and free parking. The Gardens Theatre is a medium-sized venue, formerly known as the Basil Jones Theatre, and was renovated with assistance from the Queensland Government. It was reopened as the Gardens Theatre in 1999 by the then Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie. It provides space for QUT productions and visiting performers, and is the only theatre complex in Brisbane's central business district.

Science and Engineering Centre The Science and Engineering Centre was completed in November 2012. It brings together teaching and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. QUT has received both gifts, and federal government funding to support the project’s $230 million budget.[10][11]

Kelvin Grove[edit]

Kelvin Grove campus hosts the faculties of Creative Industries, Education, and Health as well as the QUT International College and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. Kelvin Grove campus is connected to the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, a development comprising private residences, education, retail, health, and business in one precinct.

QUT Kelvin Grove Health Clinics offer services for free or low-cost to staff, students, and the general public.

The Creative Industries Precinct, located at Kelvin Grove campus, includes many arts and exhibition spaces open to the public:

  • the Roundhouse Theatre, a large theatre venue and home of the La Boite Theatre Company
  • interactive exhibition spaces
  • an experimental black-box theatre
  • multimedia performance spaces
  • public artwork exhibition spaces

The Precinct was built at a cost of around $60 million on the site of the Gona Barracks, an Australian Army barracks, which was decommissioned in 1998.[12][13]


The Caboolture campus, located 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Brisbane, shares its campus with the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE. Caboolture campus offers undergraduate degrees in business, education, and nursing, and first-year studies in creative industries.

The campus is situated halfway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is convenient for residents of Pine Rivers, Caboolture, Bribie Island, Glasshouse Mountains, and the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Carseldine (closed)[edit]

In November 2008, Carseldine teaching, research, and support activities were relocated to Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses. This included the School of Psychology and Counselling and the School of public health and social work, as well as some Business, Science, and Information Technology subjects. The campus has since been abandoned and is currently under renovations by the Queensland Government. The Carseldine Urban Village, as set out by the ULDA (Urban Land Development Authority) is what will be replacing the unused campus there.[14] Following QUT’s decision to vacate the campus and the lack of a suitable education provider to take over the site, the State Government announced plans to decentralise government services and move around 1000 employees to the remodeled former QUT buildings by late 2012.[15]

Academic profile[edit]

Entrance to QUT Gardens Point campus. Parliament House can be seen on the right

QUT offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher degree research courses (Masters and PhD) in the fields of:

  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering

The QUT Business School has triple accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB).

San Jose State University in San Jose, Ca offers a Ph.D. program in library science in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology.[16]


University rankings
Queensland University of Technology
QS World[17] 263
THE-WUR World[18] 251-300
ARWU World[19] 201-300
USNWR World[20] 339
CWTS Leiden World[21] 368
Australian rankings
CWTS Leiden National[21] 10
ERA National[22] 12

QUT has been ranked as Australia's best university under 50 years of age by the Times Higher Education Top 100, and ranks 26th globally in that category.[23]


QUT establishes collaborative research partnerships between academia, industry, government and community actors. As part of QUT's commitment to collaborative research, they are a key member of the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, Queensland's first academic health science system. QUT attracts national grants and industry funding and has a number of research centres, including:

Research institutes[edit]

  • Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
  • Institute for Future Environments (IFE)

Research Centres[edit]

  • Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR)
  • Commercial and Property Law Research Centre (CPLRC)
  • Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV)
  • Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA)
  • Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC)


The QUT Library provides learning and research support to students and staff. There are four library branches at QUT: Gardens Point library, Law library, Kelvin Grove library and Caboolture library.[24] In addition to borrowing and information access services, the QUT library also offers specialised support for coursework students, academic staff and researchers.

The QUT library has a resource budget of approximately $13 million to buy subscription to academic journals and other materials. QUT Library provides the 3rd largest collection of ebooks and online video of any Australian or New Zealand university library.[25][26]

The QUT library hosts a number of institutional repositories. QUT is a world leader in the area of open access. In 2003, it became the first university in the world to adopt an institution-wide Open Access policy, mandating the deposit of research papers in its institutional repository, QUT ePrints.[27]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Finance 2013". Department of Education (Australia)." (PDF). Department of Education. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Annual report". 
  3. ^ "Full list of Australian universities in Times Higher Education world rankings". The Australian. News Ltd. 4 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Remeikis, Amy (20 June 2013). "QUT the nation's best university under 50". The Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b History, Queensland University of Technology, archived from the original on 5 July 2014 
  6. ^ Old Government House hosts 90,000 visitors in first year, 10 June 2010, archived from the original on 22 May 2013 
  7. ^ Collection, Queensland University of Technology, archived from the original on 6 March 2014 
  8. ^ Art Museum attracts 350,000 people in first decade, Queensland University of Technology, 18 May 2010, archived from the original on 22 May 2013 
  9. ^ Gardens Theatre, Queensland University of Technology 
  10. ^ $25M gift for QUT's new Science and Technology Precinct, Queensland University of Technology, 27 July 2009, archived from the original on 22 May 2013 
  11. ^ Federal budget delivers $75M to QUT's science and technology precinct, Queensland University of Technology, 14 May 2009, archived from the original on 22 May 2013 
  12. ^ Creative Industries Precinct Overview, Queensland University of Technology, archived from the original on 10 March 2014 
  13. ^ Beattie, Peter (7 August 2000). "Cabinet Endorses Key City West Project" (Press release). Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Carseldine Urban Village". 2008. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Government offices planned for former Carseldine QUT campus". Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star. 26 October 2010. Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "PHD program". SJSU Gateway. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2016/17". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  18. ^ "World University Rankings 2015-2016". TSL Education Limited. 
  19. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 
  20. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings 2016". U.S. News and World Report. 
  21. ^ a b "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2016". Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. 
  22. ^ "Australian University Rankings". Australian Education Network. 
  23. ^ Remeikis, Amy (20 June 2013). "QUT the nation's best university under 50". The Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. 
  24. ^ About the Library, Queensland University of Technology, archived from the original on 13 February 2014 
  25. ^ QPM. "Annual reports". www.library.qut.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  26. ^ Cochrane, Tom (16 June 2014). "Why open access is the next frontier for science". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  27. ^ Open Access and Research Conference 2013 (PDF), Queensland University of Technology, archived from the original (PDF) on 27 January 2014 

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