The University of Queensland (UQ) is a research university primarily located in Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane. UQ is one of Australia’s oldest and most selective universities and is consistently ranked among the top in global rankings.
Founded in 1909, UQ is colloquially known as a sandstone university. The main campus occupies much of the riverside inner suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane central business district. Other UQ campuses and facilities are located throughout Queensland, the largest being the Gatton campus and the Herston medical school. UQ also has establishments overseas, such as the Brunei Clinical School and the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana, United States.
The University of Queensland is a contributing charter member of edX, an online higher education consortium led by Harvard and MIT, as well as a founding member of: Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight; the global network of research universities Universitas 21; and the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners. As a research university, UQ incorporates over a hundred research institutes and centres, such as the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.
Recent research achievements of the University include pioneering the invention of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancerand the development of high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs. UQ has produced notable alumni across a range of professions, including Nobel laureate in Medicine Peter C. Doherty, Triple Crown of Acting winner Geoffrey Rush, triple Grammy Award winner Tim Munro and Presidents of General Electric Europe, King’s College London and University of California, San Francisco.
The University of Queensland maintains a number of campuses and facilities throughout Queensland.UQ has its main campus in the suburb of St Lucia in Brisbane, bordered by a meander in the Brisbane River to the north, east, and south. UQ’s main campus has been ranked as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world by New York’s BuzzFeed. Its other campuses include Gatton and Herston.
In 1927, the land on which the St Lucia campus is built was resumed by the Brisbane City Council using money donated by James O’Neil Mayne and his sister Mary Emelia Mayne to replace the less spacious city campus. The city campus is now home to the Gardens Point campus of the Queensland University of Technology. Construction of the new university at St Lucia began in 1937.
At its centre is the heritage-listed Great Court – a 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) open area surrounded by sandstone buildings with grotesques of great academics and historic scenes, floral and faunal motifs and crests of universities and colleges from around the world. This central semi-circular quadrangle features a connected arcade so students could reach any section under cover. The Great Court was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2002.
The University of Queensland Art Museum is located in the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre on the St Lucia campus. The Art Museum was established in the Forgan Smith Tower in 1976 to house the artworks collected by The University of Queensland since the 1940s, relocating to its present site in 2004. Today, with more than 3,000 artworks, the University’s Art Collection is Queensland’s second largest public art collection.
The University also houses the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum in the Michie building (bldg 9, level 2) which contains Queensland’s only publicly accessible collection of antiquities from ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and the Near East. The museum supports research and teaching at the University. The UQ Anthropology museum (also in the Michie Building on level 1) contains a significant collection of ethnographic material. It is also open to the public.