Vice-Chancellor and President:
Professor Jan Thomas
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has a reputation of being a leading provider of on-campus and flexible learning programs within Australia and globally.
Based in three locations - Toowoomba, Fraser Coast and Springfield (Brisbane) - USQ's close association with industries and communities ensures its programs are current and relevant and that its graduates have all the knowledge and skills required to make them work ready. Its educational offerings include programs and courses that reflect the changing needs of society, from Arts, including Creative Arts, Business, Law and Education to Sciences, Engineering and Surveying.
With the student population representing around 120 nationalities, USQ is the most multicultural university (per capita) in Australia. The current student enrolment is approximately 28,000 and of this total, more than 20,000 study off-campus by distance learning. Over 1,500 highly qualified staff are employed to ensure the University's absolute commitment to students.
USQ graduates are strongly sought after in the workplace, and independent surveys show they have a very high overall satisfaction rate with the standard of the courses and support offered to them. The University's graduate employment rate is 91.3 per cent which is one of the highest in Australia.
The University has also earned an international reputation for the support it provides to overseas students - and this was reconfirmed when USQ was named the top university in Australia for International student satisfaction by the 2012 International student barometer survey.
With a clear strategic focus, USQ is committed to be among the world's leading research bodies in a number of core areas. The University is proud of its internationally renowned research centres covering areas such as sustainable catchments, engineering fibre composites, rural and remote area health, systems biology, computational engineering, engineering in agriculture and public memory research.
The University continues to make a significant contribution to the building of human and social capital through ensuring higher education is accessible to people regardless of their location and individual circumstances.
The University of Southern Queensland's future directions and strong commitment is outlined in its 2013-2015 Strategic Plan. The Plan, which incorporates the focused areas of personalised learning; research; enriched communities and engaged enterprise, is part of USQ's Vision 2022.