International Reputation

In just 27 years, CQUniversity is emerging as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have over 20 locations across Australia, including 14 campuses and growing for international students. Our award-winning academic staff and high quality research are making an impact on the communities we serve and those around the globe, whilst our dedicated professional services staff continue to improve the overall experience of all our students. We are proud of our achievements and will continue to build on these prestigious highlights.

In the 2018 International Student Barometer (ISB), CQUni received above sector average results for the following areas:

  • 94% of students are either satisfied or very satisfied with arrival experience
  • 92% of students are either satisfied or very satisfied with support service received
  • 91% of students are either satisfied or very satisfied with learning experience
  • 90% of students are either satisfied or very satisfied with living experience

The ISB is facilitated by i-Graduate and is the global benchmark instrument used to track the international student experience.

The 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked five of CQUniversity's subject areas. The subject rankings used the same performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings, but the methodology differed to suit the individual fields.

CQUniversity ranked in the top 400 universities for Engineering and Technology subjects, which highlights universities that are leading across aviation, engineering and technology, engineering and professional practice, construction, building surveying and construction management subjects. Making the top 400 reaffirms the popularity and value of the University’s engineering and technology-related courses, some of which come with unique internship opportunities developed specifically to provide international students with relevant work experience during their studies and maximise their workforce readiness.

Other significant achievements include:

  • A top 400 ranking in Education, which assessed leading universities across education, teacher training and academic studies in education subjects.
  • A top 500 ranking in Business and Economics, which assessed leading universities across business, accounting, logistics, arts, hospitality management and property subjects, including unique internship opportunities.
  • A top 500 ranking in Life Sciences, which assessed leading universities across agriculture and forestry, biological sciences, veterinary science and sport science subjects.
  • A top 600 ranking in Social Sciences, which assessed leading universities across sociology, geography, politics and international studies, and communication and media studies subjects.

The Good Universities Guide 2020 undergraduate and postgraduate star ratings show CQUniversity has achieved five stars in a number of categories including student equity, full-time employment, starting salary, student support, skills development and first-generation.

These ratings put the University in the top 20% of universities nationally and in the top three of all Australian universities for undergraduate employment results overall, top five for undergraduate earnings and number one for postgraduate engineering median starting salaries. These ratings are a testament to the University’s vision to be Australia’s most accessible, supportive and engaged university.

Below is a summary of CQUni’s achievements in full-time graduate employment outcomes and educational support, skills and experience, broken down by areas of study available to international students.

Graduate outcomes

CQUni graduates are in the top 20% in finding full-time employment in:


  • Accounting
  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Education and Training
  • Health Services and Support


  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health Services and Support

CQUni graduates are in jobs paying higher than the median salary in:


  • Computing and Information Technology ($69 000)
  • Engineering and Technology ($70 000)
  • Health Services and Support ($71 800)
  • Psychology ($65 000)


  • Engineering and Technology ($140 000)
  • Health Services and Support ($100 600)

Overall, CQUniversity graduates are employed full-time four months after completing their course, are ranked second in Australia for our median postgraduate starting salary ($99 100, well above the $81 400 national average), and has been awarded a five-star rating.

CQUni undergraduates earn a median starting salary of $64 600, well above the $60 000 national average, and 79.9% are employed full-time four months after completing their course.

Teaching quality, support and skills development

CQUni undergraduate students are experiencing a five-star rating in teaching quality, student support and skills development nationally.

Teaching quality:

  • Accounting
  • Business and Management
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Economics
  • Education and Training
  • Languages

Student support:

  • Creative Arts
  • Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • Nursing

Skills development:

  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health Services and Support

Overall, CQUni students are satisfied with the quality of teaching experienced (undergraduate: 82%, postgraduate: 79.6%), the quality of support received (undergraduate: 77%, postgraduate: 76.4%) and the skill development experienced (undergraduate: 79.5%).

CQUniversity is ranked in the top 10 Australian universities for postgraduate skills development (82.4%), also receiving a five-star rating in this category, which looks at the proportion of graduates who rated their skills developed through university positively.

Educational experience

The below table highlights various educational experience measures by areas of study, where the University is among the top 20% nationally, with a few measures that see us achieving the highest rating in the country.

Areas of study

Educational experience measures

Accounting, Business and Management

Learning resources

Overall quality of educational experience

Skills development

Student support

Teaching quality*

Computing and Information Systems

Learning resources^

Overall quality of educational experience^

Skills development*^

Student support^

Teaching quality*

Creative Arts

Learner engagement*

Learning resources*

Overall quality of educational experience*

Skills development

Student support*

Teaching quality*

Education and Training

Learning resources

Overall quality of educational experience*

Skills development*

Student support*

Teaching quality*

Engineering and Technology

Learner engagement

Learning resources

Overall quality of educational experience

Skills development*^

Student support

Teaching quality

Health Services and Support

Learning resources

Overall quality of educational experience

Skills development

Student support

Teaching quality


Learning resources

Overall quality of educational experience*

Skills development

Student support

Teaching quality*


Learning resources

Overall quality of educational experience*

Skills development

Student support

Teaching quality

* Highest in the country (undergraduate).
^ Highest in the country (postgraduate).

The Good Universities Guide star ratings are conducted by the Good Education Group, one of Australia’s leading providers of high-quality education and career information to prospective students.

In the latest QS Stars rating system, CQUniversity has achieved overall four stars, and five stars in three important categories: Employability, Internationalisation and Teaching.

Employability measures the success of graduates in finding jobs and the University in helping them. CQUniversity’s career services are some of the best in a university setting, with regular career support workshops and other careers focused services including CQUni Career Connection, CQUni Careers and CareerHub to help prospective and current students and graduates of the University in their job searching and career development.

Internationalisation shows how international a university is, and with a five star rating, CQUniversity is recognised by its global outlook and diversity. The University has world-class global mobility programs, overseas placements, international partnerships, and is the preferred education destination for students from over 115 countries. To provide a platform for students to connect with us more easily, we also have three physical offices offshore in China, India and Singapore.

Teaching looks at the faculty-to-student and teacher-to-student ratio and the levels of student satisfaction with teaching. With small class sizes, teachers are able to spend more time individually with students. Whilst small classes do not entirely represent quality teaching, this rating indicates our commitment to teaching, which correlates with the high quality teaching provided at the University.

QS Stars is a rating system that assesses how universities perform against a comprehensive list of indicators, to ultimately help students select the right university based on their interests. For more information on how CQUniversity performed in this system, visit the QS Stars website.

The 2019 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show CQUniversity's focus and commitment to improving the overall student experience is paying off. These results are a true testament to the student-focused approach of our innovative, dedicated and hard-working academic and professional staff community at the University.

Student Measures

CQUniversity Australia

National Average

Undergraduate overall quality of educational experience



Undergraduate teaching quality



Undergraduate learning resources



Undergraduate student support



Postgraduate coursework skills development



Postgraduate coursework generic skills scale



Postgraduate coursework student support



Postgraduate coursework learner engagement




We also sustained our leadership in graduate employment success, achieving the below:

  • Undergraduate overall employment rating of 79.5% compared with the national average of 72.3%.
  • Undergraduate median salary of $66 000 compared with the national average of $61 000.
  • Postgraduate coursework median salary of $97 300 compared with the national average of $83 500.
  • Postgraduate coursework full-time employment rating of 89.0% compared with the national average of 86.6%.

QILT is run by the Federal Government and provides transparent information about all of Australia's higher education institutions, from the perspective of recent students and graduates.

Read more on these achievements on the ComparED website.

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.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 results show CQUniversity is conducting research rated as at, above, and well above world standard across 22 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 and internationally recognised experts.

The remarkable 2018 results build on CQUniversity’s previous success, achieving research ranked as at, above and well above world standard in 14 different research categories in 2015. The ongoing success demonstrates CQUniversity as a leader in translational and impactful research that has direct benefits for industry, community and stakeholders, creating a rewarding research experience.

CQUniversity is rated 'well above world standard' in:

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Horticultural Production
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology and Cognitive Services
  • Other Psychology and Cognitive Services

CQUniversity is rated 'above world standard' in:

  • Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences
  • Agricultural, Land and Farm Management
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Psychology

CQUniversity is rated 'at world standard' in:

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Biological Sciences
  • Zoology
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Human Movement and Sport Science
  • Specialist Studies in Education

For more information and to read the full report, visit the Australian Research Council website.

Learn more about CQUniversity’s Research.

BOSS Magazine MBA Ranking 2019

CQUniversity’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been ranked in the top 10 of all MBAs across Australia. Voted into the 8th position by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine's MBA Rankings, our MBA is one of only two MBAs offered by Australian universities to have 100% teachers with PhD and teachers with current business experience.

CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings 2019

CQUniversity’s MBA has been further cemented as one of the best in the world after being placed in Tier One of CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings.

These rankings are designed with applicants in mind and are based upon key performance indicators that are of interest and value to students including: quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, price, international exposure, work experience, professional development, gender parity and delivery methods.

CQUniversity’s CQUEnglish took part in the 2017-2018 English Language Teaching (ELT) Barometer, and gained an overall ranking of 10 within a group of 32 English language centres throughout Australia.

A pleasant highlight for CQUEnglish is a first place ranking for making students feel welcome. This perfectly aligns with the wider university’s focus and commitment to provide the best student experience for all our students.

For overall learning, living, support and arrival, CQUEnglish students scored their overall experience highly, resulting in a significant improvement in overall rankings for these measures compared to the previous barometer conducted in 2016.



Learning overall

Ranked 3 of 32

Living overall

Ranked 10 of 32

Support overall

Ranked 9 of 32

Arrival overall

Ranked 4 of 32


Ranked 10 of 32