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History

CQUniversity Australia has a unique and interesting history. Founded in 1967 in Rockhampton as the Queensland Institute of Technology (Capricornia) we were among the first to introduce comprehensive distance education in 1974. Between 1978 and 1989, we established campuses in Central Queensland at Gladstone, Mackay, Bundaberg and Emerald and achieved university status by January 1992.

In 1994 with a full-time student load of 5000 we expanded, establishing our first on-shore teaching site for international students in Sydney, then Melbourne in 1997, followed by Brisbane in 1998 and the Gold Coast in 2001. An additional learning site was also established in Noosa in 2001. By 2006 we were acknowledged as the largest provider of education to international students studying on-shore in Australia.

Significant Dates

1967
First intake of students to the then 'Institute of Technology' at Rockhampton.
1974
First distance education course.
1978
First additional campus (Gladstone).
1987
Addition of Mackay Campus
1988
Addition of Bundaberg Campus.
1989
Addition of Emerald Campus.
1992
Full University status.
1994

Adopted permanent name (Central Queensland University) and corporate identity.

First 'international' campus (Sydney).

1997
Opening of Melbourne International Campus.
1998
Opening of Brisbane Campus.
2001
Opening of Gold Coast International Campus.
2002
Won IDP Australian exporter of the year award for education.
2003
Good Universities Guide awards Central Queensland University seven 5-star ratings, the most top ratings of any regional university in Australia.
2004
Appointment of R.C Fritschy as Central Queensland University Chancellor.
2006

Central Queensland University awarded the 2005 National Exporter of the Year (Education)

IDP Education Australia announces Central Queensland University the number one destination and largest provider in the country for international students studying in Australia (Term 1 2006).

The Good Universities Guide 2007 awards CQUniversity five 5-star ratings including 5 stars for Positive

Graduate Outcomes. This is the third year in a row that Central Queensland University has achieved a 5-star rating for this criteria.

Central Queensland University awarded the 2006 regional exporter of the year award for education

2007
The Good Universities Guide 2007 awards Central Queensland University five 5-star ratings including 5 stars for Positive Graduate Outcomes. This is the third year in a row that the University has achieved a 5-star rating for this criteria.
2008
Central Queensland University becomes 'CQUniversity' in June. A fresh new look is launched for the University.