The year 2017, marks 25 years since CQUniversity was granted full university status by the Queensland Government. Even though the University is classified as a ‘young university’ it has a long, proud and distinguished history dating as far back as 1889 when a sub-committee was convened to establish a technical college in Rockhampton.
A lot can happen in 25 years but CQUniversity’s unique vision for diversity, outreach, engagement, research, learning and teaching, and inclusiveness have always remained at the heart of the organisation. These values have also led to the University being recognised among the top universities in the world by the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings. Along with this, CQUniversity is Australia’s only recognised Changemaker Campus, having been accepted into the global social innovation group Ashoka U. Ashoka U is made up of only 30 other education institutions across the world, all of whom strive to work towards the delivery of initiatives that help to overcome social disadvantage, by working with stakeholders to develop solutions that they as end users, can benefit from.
CQUniversity has well and truly emerged as one of Australia’s great universities and its record of achievement is matched only by the ambitious aspirations it has set for itself in the future. With the continued expansion of student success, research excellence, social innovation and community engagement firmly in its sights, the next 25 years will see CQUniversity as a leader on the global stage.
A word from the Vice-Chancellor
In 1992, the Central Queensland region was finally given its own university when the Queensland Government approved the University of Central Queensland Act and granted the then University College of Central Queensland full university status. We dropped the “college” and became the University of Central Queensland, then later Central Queensland University, and now CQUniversity.
A word from the Chancellor
My association with CQUniversity began long before official university status was granted 1992. In fact, I had not long completed my engineering studies in Brisbane and had relocated to Gladstone. This was back in the eighties but it was here that my long connection with CQUniversity began. I had been engaged as part of my role in local industry to help inform the development of engineering studies at the then Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education (CIAE). I went on to become a tutor for the program and have since continued my involvement with this great institution in a number of different roles.
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The University serves the highest proportion of low socioeconomic, first-in-family, Indigenous and mature aged students than any other Australian university and these students can aim high and achieve much – thanks to the support of our donors.
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