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Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Queensland University of Technology
Motto "A university for the real world"
Established 1908
Type Public
Chancellor Major General Peter Arnison (Retd) AC CVO
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake
Faculty 2 200
Undergraduates 34 793
Postgraduates 5 126
Location Brisbane, Qld., Australia
Campus Urban
Organisations Member of Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)
Affiliations ASAIHL

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is located in Brisbane, Queensland, and is one of Australia's largest universities.

QUT is marketed as "A university for the real world". The university is a member of the Australian Technology Network, a network of Australian universities that are strongly focused on technological research.

QUT's Gardens Point campus is adjacent to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Queensland Parliament House. The university also has campuses at Kelvin Grove and Caboolture.

QUT is Queensland's largest university by enrolment, with 40,000 students, including 4500 international students from more than 90 countries.[citation needed]

QUT ranked 195 in the World University Rankings in 2007, the rankings were released by The Times Higher Education Supplement. QUT is also ranked 10 in the Australian Universities National Ranking in 2007. This was compiled by the Melbourne Institute which is an applied economic and social research centre under the University of Melbourne.

QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake has announced plans to build a $200 million science and technology precinct on its Garden Point Campus in Brisbane's CBD[1]



The Gardens Point Campus grounds were once solely occupied by the 19th Century building, known as Old Government House. In 1909 Old Government House and the surrounding five hectares were set-aside for both a University and a Technical College. Then known as the University of Queensland, the University was transferred to St Lucia in 1945, where it still remains today. In 1965 the Technical College became the Queensland Institute of Technology, which in turn became the Queensland University of Technology, holding this name since 1989.[2] In 1990, the Brisbane College of Advanced Education campuses of Kelvin Grove, Kedron and Carseldine merged with QIT. Although the Federal government's Dawkins reforms were converting many other tertiary institutions into universities at the time, this particular change was independent of the Dawkin's reforms.

Brisbane College of Advanced Education had a number of predecessor institutions that included Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Mount Gravatt College of Advanced Education, North Brisbane College of Advanced Education and Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers College which offered academic, technical and teacher education. The oldest of these institutions was the Brisbane School of Arts, which was established in 1849.

QIT began as Central Technical College. The CTC was established in 1908 at Gardens Point. Its name was changed to QIT in 1965.


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

Former faculties:

QUT Faculty of Business is accredited with AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, making it one of the very few universities in the world and the first university in Australia to obtain this Triple Crown of international accreditation.[3] QUT's MBA is also the only Queensland MBA program (and one of only 3 Australian programs) to have ever been listed in the FT Top 100 rankings (in 2004 at no. 82).[4]

As part of restructuring to streamline research and teaching focus, the Faculty of Information Technology has merged with the Faculty of Science to become Faculty of Science and Technology. QUT Faculty of Information Technology has strong industry links with global companies like Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, CISCO and Infosys. The FIT is an Australian member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)[5] and the FIT's School of Software Engineering and Data Communications also operates the Cisco Networking Academy Program.[6] QUT is an academic research partner with SAP[7] and it is the University Competency Centre(UCC) for the SAP Global University Alliance Program which includes participants such as National University of Singapore; Australian National University (ANU), University of Sydney and Melbourne University.[8] The FIT also hosts the Microsoft QUT eResearch Centre (MQUTeR) which is a collaboration between Microsoft Research(Redmond) and the Queensland State government.[9].




QUT has three main campuses:

Gardens Point (GP) The Gardens Point campus is located on the Brisbane River in the city centre, next to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Queensland Parliament House. The Brisbane Graduate School of Business and the Gardens Cultural Precinct are located within this campus. This campus is also home to the Built Environment and Engineering, Business, Information Technology, Law, and Science faculties, as well as QUT's languages programs.

Kelvin Grove The Kelvin Grove Campus is situated in the suburb of Kelvin Grove, about three kilometres north of Brisbane's central business district. The Creative Industries Precinct is part of this campus. The Education, Health and Creative Industries faculties are located at this campus, along with the QUT International College. The Kelvin Grove Campus is also the home for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) which is the only ARC centre in Australia for humanities.

Caboolture The Caboolture campus, located 45 km north of Brisbane, shares its campus with the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE. The campus offers full courses in Business, Primary Education and Nursing as well as entry to Creative Industries which currently must later be completed at a different campus after the first year.


Until November 2008 QUT had a fourth campus located in the outer suburb of Carseldine, 13 kilometres north of the city centre. This campus housed Humanities and Human Services faculty, as well as the Psychology & Counselling programs. Some units in Business, Science and Information Technology were also taught at Carseldine, in addition to being taught at Gardens Point. Since November 2008 Carseldine's courses and research activities have been relocated to Kelvin Grove and Garden Point campuses[10].

Gardens Cultural Precinct

QUT's centre for the arts, the Gardens Cultural Precinct, provides a creative focus for the people of Brisbane at one of the city's most historically important sites.

The Gardens Cultural Precinct includes the Gardens Theatre and the QUT Art Museum, and is adjacent to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and the Old Government House. 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.

The QUT Art Museum houses the university's art collection, focused on contemporary Australian art, particularly paintings, prints and ceramics, as well as other temporary exhibitions and exhibitions by QUT staff and students. QUT Art Museum is located on the ground level of the University's main administration building at the Gardens Point campus. The building is a 1930s neo-classical revivalist building, and the QUT Art Museum was designed by Peddle Thorpe Architects, Brisbane.

Creative Industries Precinct

QUT's Creative Industries Precinct is an extension to the Kelvin Grove campus, housing the Creative Industries Faculty; and consisting of a large complex incorporating numerous performance and display spaces, offices, classrooms, workshops, a cafe and more.

The Precinct was built at a cost of around $60 million on the site of the Gona Barracks, which was de-commissioned in 1998.[citation needed] It is the first part of the $900 million Kelvin Grove Urban Village development, a 'residential and retail village'. The development will include over 800 residential units, from low-cost student accommodation to penthouses with city views; retail stores including a supermarket, restaurants and cafes; and QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

Science and Technology Precinct

QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake has announced plans to build a $200 million science and technology precinct on its Garden Point Campus in Brisbane's CBD[1]

The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation commenced operation in October 2006 at the Kelvin Grove campus. Its research program covers: Human Health and Wellbeing, Medical Devices, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Cells & Tissue, Tropical Crops and Biocommodities & Vision Improvement. It is also involved in road safety through the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety. IHBI together with the university's private arm, QUT Bluebox promotes greater commercialisation of QUT research.

In the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council grants, 22 grants were funded nationwide to 14 universities and research organisations, with QUT attracting 6 of them, worth $941,773.

QUT's Science faculty also offers the Dean's Scholars Program. Selected students complete an Applied Science degree (with Honours) in only three years.

The Information Security Institute

QUT's Information Security Institute (ISI) is one of the major education institutes majoring in the research of security. [1]

The Institute of Creative Industries and Innovations


Notable alumni



Performing Arts



  • Chris Sarra, Principal and 2004 Queenslander of the Year [12]


Student Guild

Undergraduate and postgraduate students on all campuses are represented by the QUT Student Guild. It is affiliated with the National Union of Students and provides services to students including representation to University and faculty committees.

See also


External links

Coordinates: 27°28′37″S 153°01′41″E / 27.47694°S 153.02806°E / -27.47694; 153.02806


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