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Why choose CQUni


In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We’ve been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on social innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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CQUniversity ranks among the world’s top 600 universities according to the prestigious and trusted Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019). Founded in 2004, these rankings provide a definitive list of the world's best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more. With more than 26 000 universities across the globe, this result places CQUniversity among the top two percent of universities worldwide. Along with this, Times Higher Education also recognises CQUniversity as one of the world’s best young universities, placing it in the top 150 institutions under 50 years of age (2018).

CQUniversity’s engineering and technology courses have also been recognised among the best in the world in the 2017 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings.

QS World University Rankings

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The QS Rankings System is based on six performance indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio, across four areas including research, teaching, employability and internationalisation. According to the QS World University Rankings system, CQUniversity is ranked among the world’s top 650 universities. QS has also recognised CQUniversity as one of the top 100 universities under 50. This outstanding result positions CQUniversity among leading universities around the world.

CQUni has also achieved five-star ratings in the following three QS Stars Ratings fields:

  • Employability
  • Teaching
  • Internationalisation

Source: QS World University Rankings / QS Stars Ratings 2019.

Good Universities Guide

The Good Universities Guide 2019 5 Star RatingThe Good Universities Guide provide independent five-star performance ratings for every university in Australia, based on student-relevant criteria such as; graduate salaries, teaching quality, learning resources, graduate employment rates and much more.

CQUniversity has been awarded five stars by the Good Universities Guide in the following areas:

  • Overall student experience
  • Social Equity
  • First generation (ratio of first in family students)
  • Fulltime employment
  • Graduate starting salaries
  • Teaching quality
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching LogoCurrent Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show that CQUniversity has some of the best graduate outcomes in Australia when it comes to important measures such as full-time domestic undergraduate employment and median salaries. In fact, 80.4 per cent of undergraduates find full-time employment within three months of graduation. This figure is almost 10 per cent higher than the national average of 70.6 per cent. On top of this CQUniversity is also outranks the sector when it comes to graduate starting salaries with the median undergraduate starting salary being $62,600 compared to the national average of $58,000. The QILT website helps prospective students compare official study experience and employment outcomes data from Australian higher education systems.

QILT Data for 2016/17 assessment term indicated the following results for CQUniversity:

  • Undergraduate overall quality of educational experience rating of 80.5% compared with the national average of 79.3%.
  • Undergraduate teaching quality rating of 82.6% compared with the national average of 80.9%.
  • Undergraduate learning resources rating of 84.7% compared with the national average of 84.1%.
  • Undergraduate student support rating of 76.1% compared with the national average of 72.2%.
  • Undergraduate skills development rating of 81.5% compared with the national average of 81%.
  • Undergraduate domestic full-time employment rating of 80.4% compared with the national average of 70.6%.
  • Undergraduate overall employment rating of 90.4% compared with the national average of 87.5%.
  • Undergraduate median salary of $62,600 compared with the national average of $58,000.
  • Postgraduate Coursework median salary of $95,000 compared with the national average of $80,000.
  • Postgraduate Coursework full-time employment rating of 88.4% compared with the national average of 84.7%.
  • Postgraduate Coursework Graduate Satisfaction Skills Scale of 80.3% compared with the national average of 78.3%.
  • Postgraduate Coursework (Student Experience) Student Support rating of 76.6% compared with the national average of 73%.

Source: Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)/Graduate Destinations Survey 2014–2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016.

International Student Barometer (ISB)

International Student Barometer LogoThe International Student Barometer (ISB) is the global benchmark for the international student experience and is implemented by the world's best universities.
The ISB tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of international students from application to graduation with feedback from over three million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study. CQUniversity has received above sector average ISB results in 2018 for the following areas:

  • 94% of students either satisfied or very satisfied with arrival experience
  • 92% of students either satisfied or very satisfied with support service received
  • 91% of students either satisfied or very satisfied with learning experience
  • 90% of students either satisfied or very satisfied with living experience
English Language Teaching Barometer (ELT)

English  Australia LogoRun by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACEPT), the English Language Teaching Barometer (ELT) provides insights into the student experience. The survey is part of the Department of Education and Training's (DET) biennial international student satisfaction survey. The ELT Barometer is a tailored international student survey for English Language colleges to measure student satisfaction across arrival, living, learning, and support, and is translated into 11 languages.

CQUniversity has achieved a first-place ranking for making students feel welcome in the 2018 English Language Barometer and top 5 for overall learning.

Australia’s first Changemaker campus

In 2016, CQUniversity's commitment to engagement and social outreach has led to CQUniversity being recognised as Australia's first and only Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an exclusive global social innovation group, made up of only 30 other high profile education institutions across the world.

All member institutions collaborate with each other to break down barriers to institutional change and foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.

World class research

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 results show CQUniversity is conducting research rated as at, above, and well above world standards across various research categories.

The ERA initiative is developed and managed by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as a major funder of public sector research. It assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally recognised experts.

CQUniversity is rated 'well above world standard' in:

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Psychology and Cognitive Services
  • Other Psychology and Cognitive Services
  • Nursing
  • Other Medical and Health Services

CQUniversity is rated 'above world standard' in:

  • Agriculture & Vet Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Medical & Health Sciences
  • Environmental Science & Management
  • Mechanical Engineering

CQUniversity is rated 'at world standard' in:

  • Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing (under IT and computer sciences)
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Engineering
Awards and accolades

BOSS Magazine MBA Ranking 2015

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CQUniversity entered our first-ever BOSS Magazine's MBA Ranking at 13th, among approximately 50 MBA providers in Australia. This impressive debut is the result of a vigorous program redesign and is a true testament to the value that this refreshed program offers.

CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings 2016

In the recent CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings, CQUniversity’s MBA was ranked in the top tier at #5 among Australia’s leading MBA programs; and at #20 for Global Online MBA in a table predominantly led by North American and European universities.

Global Online 20Global Online Australian 5

These rankings are designed with applicants in mind and are based upon key performance indicators that are of interest and value to students including the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, delivery methods and international diversity.

2016 Industry Collaboration Award winner at Queensland Training Awards (QTA)


CQUniversity is known within the Australian higher education sector as the nation’s most inclusive university. We respect and seek full participation from staff and students, and the community, and value the diversity of their backgrounds, experience and culture.

CQUniversity defines itself by who it embraces rather than who it excludes and because of this the university is proud to have the highest ratio of students from disadvantaged backgrounds compared to any other Australian university.


CQUniversity has more than40,000 registered alumni from right across the World and currently hosts more than 5,000 international students from 70 different countries.

The University please a strong focus on international study and outreach programs, internship opportunities for international students and international philanthropic opportunities and creating new opportunities to ensure international and domestic students alike have every opportunity possible to be exposed to the world around them.

CQUniversity is also a National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) quality endorsed institution and has also been awarded five stars for Internationalisation by the QS Stars rating system.


Social innovation is a concept that seeks to find innovative and sustainable solutions to social needs or problems. There are many definitions of the concept but ultimately the philosophy is driven by the simple need to improve lives and create positive change in the world around us.

At CQUniversity, social innovation is at the core of our strategic vision and for many years has been entrenched in our core values. CQUniversity strives to empower its staff and students to make a difference, create an impact and influence the world in which we live, for the betterment of society.

CQUniversity does not expect every student to become a social entrepreneur, instead, our goal is to equip them with skills and knowledge, so that they can realise their potential when it comes to creating change – no matter how big or small this may be.

CQUniversity does this through the design of its programs, the delivery of learning and teaching (including online program delivery), work integrated learning opportunities, global study tours, and engagement with industry and community and government – all of which inform our approach to teaching and research.


Study tours

CQUniversity encourages all students to participate in global study tours and helps to facilitate many exciting programs that allow our students to experience the world, build compassion and make a difference. Each year large numbers of students embark on many life-changing experiences that expand their horizons and prepare them for a career that can take them anywhere.

Some of the countries our students get to visit include India, Fiji, Nepal, Japan and Cambodia (just to name a few). Our students have the opportunity to teach underprivileged children, develop human centred design solutions, run free public health clinics and complete research projects. CQUniversity also continues to develop these programs to provide students with even more chances to make a positive impact on the world around us.

Outbound exchange programs

The CQUGlobal Outbound Exchange Program allows you to study for a term or academic year at one of our partner institutions while remaining enrolled at CQUniversity. In most cases, you will be able to combine study and travel without extending the total duration of your study.

You can also gain credit for the courses you study and transfer these credits back to your CQUniversity program. However, your chosen courses will have to be approved by CQUniversity before you go.

An exchange can be a life-changing experience which will not only help you develop intercultural intelligence and communication skills, but also give you a competitive edge in the global job market when you graduate.

Study abroad outbound program

The Study Abroad Program allows you to study at a recognised institution anywhere in the world. Unlike the Outbound Exchange Program, you do not have to choose one of our official exchange partners.

Subject to approval from CQUniversity, you can transfer credit back towards your CQUniversity award. While we cannot help facilitate the application process, our CQUGlobal advisers can help you to prepare and find sources of information.

You will need to contact the institutions you wish to apply to directly. You will also be liable to pay fees at the host institution and arrange your own travel insurance.

Global Voices

CQUniversity has a long-running partnership with the Global Voices program. Global Voices is a not-for-profit, public policy and international affairs organisation that provides opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policymaking.

CQUniversity partners with Global Voices to provide fully-funded delegations for students to participate in some of the world’s most prestigious summits and policy-making forums. Delegations travel to forums including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations (UN). Delegates gain exclusive access and exposure to high-level foreign policy negotiations as well as the opportunity to meet and network with business leaders, government representatives and other high profile decision makers.


CQUniversity is committed to student success because this ultimately defines the success the University. CQUniversity offers a number of support services, activities and programs to bring about successful student outcomes and ensure our students have the best experience possible during their study journey.

The University also comprises of an entire centre that is specifically focused on student success. The Student Success Centre is home to the Student Success Advisors as well as a range of specialist staff ranging from counsellors to careers experts to scholarship advisors. These advisors can be found at all CQUniversity campuses and study centres. Our Student Communications team is also on hand to keep CQUniversity students up-to-date with the latest university news, important study information, exciting student opportunities, events and activities, with all information being shared online, via email and on the University’s official social media channels.


Graduates from CQUniversity have some of the best employment outcomes with recent data released by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) indicating that CQUniversity has an overall full-time graduate employment rate of 80.4 percent. This figure is almost 10 percent higher than the national average of 70.6 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. Likewise, the Good Universities Guide has also ranked CQUniversity five stars for full-time employment and starting salaries.

CQUniversity graduates are some of the most sought after in Australia because of the University’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading work integrated learning institutions, its many outbound mobility programs and close partnerships with industries based in both regional and metropolitan Australia.


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.

As a pioneer in the delivery of online study, CQUniversity continues to be a leader in this area with almost half of the current student cohort being made up of students studying off-campus, many of whom based in rural and remote areas.

Student satisfaction ratings for CQUniversity programs also average more than 80 per cent satisfaction and have been rising year-on-year for the past five years thanks to the University’s investment new facilities, leading-edge teaching technologies, engagement activities and support services.


CQUniversity is committed to facilitating a vibrant and active campus life for all students and staff, right across our entire campus network. Each campus has a dedicated Campus Life Committee made up of staff and students who work together to deliver on-campus services and events that will benefit everyone who visits a CQUniversity campus.

Some of the activities so far delivered by the University’s Campus Life Committee’s include pop-up bars, live music, networking events, assignment and exam preparation and support evenings, free exercise classes, free coffee days and outdoor movies.

All activities and events are promoted through the University’s official communication channels and all staff and students are encouraged to get involved and take advantage of what’s on offer.


CQUniversity aspires to be the most engaged and connected university in Australia and is already recognised within the sector as one of Australia’s most engaged universities thanks to our many partnerships with industry, government and community, both in Australia and overseas.

We connect with our stakeholders and communities by having strong relationships and productive partnerships which deliver mutually beneficial outcomes. From research to program development, this engagement agenda informs everything CQUniversity does.

The University is also committed to working with diverse communities to build deep and enduring relationships which will be strengthened as it takes on a more active role in promoting educational, social, cultural and economic well being. We value our many relationships with stakeholders and draw on this collective knowledge and experience to make a valuable contribution to industry and community.


CQUniversity Australia's Office of Indigenous Engagement provides teaching, research and support activities to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

CQUniversity has close to 1,000 Indigenous students enrolled to study at the University (one of the highest numbers in Australia) and aspires to further increase this figure through our many Indigenous community outreach programs, widening participation programs and pathway and access programs.

Along with this, the Office of Indigenous Engagement encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to take up every opportunity available to them to assist them to succeed with their studies at CQUniversity. This includes applying for all available scholarships and asking for assistance where needed. Tutoring can be arranged for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are undertaking an undergraduate program by contacting the Office of Indigenous Engagement on1800 651 891 or 4930 9250.


CQUniversity has more than80,000 registered alumni from right across the World. Regardless of their location our alumni are using their skills and expertise, learnt while studying at CQUniversity, to make a difference to their communities and the World.

CQUniversity engages with their alumni and celebrates their many unique achievements. CQUniversity alumni can also continue to benefit through their association with the University by taking advantage of a number of services that continue to be available to them after graduation, including professional development opportunities, library access and networking events.

Our alumni are also encouraged to play an important role in shaping the future of our current students through participation in the University’s Alumni Mentor Program.

For more information on alumni engagement and how to be involved please visit the Graduates and Alumni page.


Originally founded in Rockhampton in 1967, CQUniversity now has more than 30,000 students spread across 24 campuses and locations Australia-wide and has firmly established itself as one of the largest universities based in Regional Australia.

The University now has campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Noosa, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville and Perth. Along with these campuses, the University also operates study centres and hubs in Biloela, Broome, Busselton, Cooma, Geraldton, Karratha and Yeppoon.

Find your nearest CQUniversity site here.


In 2014 CQUniversity merged with CQ TAFE, bringing together more than 175 years combined experience in the delivery of education and training to establish Queensland’s first dual sector university and one of Australia’s most comprehensive universities.

The University now 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.

Being a comprehensive university means CQUniversity can provide students with seamless articulation pathways between vocational and tertiary study and vice versa. It also means that students can select to study a number of short courses specific to a unique interest, or something that is related to their education or careers goals.

As well as the many pathway options CQUniversity also delivers a number of sector leading access programs for students who wish to study at university but who do not meet the traditional entry requirements. These programs include:

  • The Start Uni Now (SUN) program - A program for students in year’s 10 - 11 which allows them to start studying CQUniversity courses while they are finishing school.
  • The Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program – An enabling program that provides a pathway for people wishing to gain entry into a university program, build their confidence and excel in their studies.
  • The Tertiary Entry Program (TEP) – A program specifically developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that will assist them in gaining the skills, knowledge and confidence to undertake university study.


Student Services

Starting university can be an exciting and rewarding, yet challenging experience. Competing priorities and the day-to-day persistence needed for study require personal resilience and the ability to formulate realistic expectations. That is why CQUniversity offers a variety of support services to assist our students to develop the personal resilience and skills needed to achieve both their academic and personal goals.

Services include counselling, career and program advice, accessibility support, spiritual guidance, LGBTQ support, financial assistance and scholarships.For more information about CQUniversity’s many support services please click here.

Academic Support

CQUniversity provides all students with the option of accessing quality academic support services via the Academic Learning Centre (ALC). The ALC is a 'one-stop-shop' for information, advice and resources related to many of the academic communication, mathematics, statistics, science, and computing requirements of study at CQUniversity and academic learning advisers are available to help on-campus or online, via one-on-one appointments or workshops designed around a particular subject.


CQUniversity aims to develop the leadership skills of all our students and encourages them to partake in activities that will build these skills. That is why CQUniversity developed the Student Leadership Program. The program is an opportunity to enhance leadership and employability skills, develop a personal brand, work more effectively in teams, and build a greater understanding of how to make an impact on the world.

CQUniversity also facilitates the Student Representative Council which is made up students from across Australia who work together to bring about the improvement of the student experience for their peers.


CQUniversity’s partnerships with business and industry, community, government, universities and global mobility partners are key to our success.CQUniversity's partnerships enable our students to benefit from work integrated learning and study abroad opportunities, while our researchers partner with communities and industry to solve local, national and global issues through collaborative projects.