CQUniversity Australia has been on a phenomenal trajectory since 2009. A focus on excellence, engagement and equity has led to remarkable growth in student numbers, new courses, new campuses, infrastructure, research impact and reputation has seen the University emerge as one of Australia’s truly great Universities. 

Originally founded in Rockhampton in 1967 as the Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) Capricornia, it was awarded full university status in 1992, and now has more than 30,000 students spread across 25 campuses and locations Australia-wide. This reach has firmly established CQUniversity as one of the largest universities based in regional Australia, with campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Noosa, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville.

A renowned research institution and a the benchmark leader for how Universities should engage with their communities, its record of achievement over the past few years is matched only by the ambitious aspirations it has set itself over the coming five years, with a continued expansion of student success, research excellence, social innovation and community engagement firmly in its sights.

The University 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.

Graduates from CQUniversity also have some of the best employment outcomes in the nation with recent data released by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) indicating that CQUniversity has an overall full-time graduate employment rate of 81.1 percent. This figure is almost 10 percent higher than the national average of 71.3 percent 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.

In recent years the University has 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 saw CQUniversity achieve Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 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.