Professor Scott Bowman
CQUniversity Australia has been on a phenomenal trajectory in recent years and its remarkable growth in student numbers, new courses, new campuses, infrastructure and reputation has seen it 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 granted full University status in 1992 and was named Central Queensland University. In 2014, CQUniversity merged with CQ TAFE, establishing one of Queensland’s most comprehensive universities. It now has more than 30 000 students and has firmly established itself as one of the largest universities based in regional Australia. CQUniversity is the only Australian university with a physical presence in every mainland state of Australia and has campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Noosa, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville. Along with these campuses, the University also operates study centres in Biloela, Broome, Busselton, Charters Towers, Karratha and Yeppoon, and delivers programs in Cooma and Geraldton, thanks to partnerships with the respective university centres in those communities.
Delivering more than 300 courses from Certificate to PhD level, CQUniversity’s unique vision, diversity, outreach, engagement, research, learning and teaching, and inclusiveness have led to it being recognised among the world’s top universities by both the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. CQUniversity is also recognised as Australia’s only Changemaker Campus by global social innovation group Ashoka U, thanks to its strong engagement agenda and track record of working together with community and industry, to identify solutions to complex problems and ensuring stakeholders directly benefit from everything the university does.
A renowned research institution and a benchmark leader for how Universities should engage with their communities, CQUniversity’s 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.