International Reputation

In just 28 years, CQUniversity is emerging as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have over 20 locations across Australia, including 13 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 QS World University Rankings 2021, CQUniversity has been recognised in the top 600 universities worldwide. As part of this result, we also ranked in the top 10 Australian universities for international student ratio (and in the top 60 globally). This ranking is a testament to the University's determination to facilitate an enriching student community, global awareness and outlook.

In addition to this, CQUniversity has been recognised in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 as one of the top 500 universities for graduate employability.

With more than 28 000 universities globally, these results place us among the top 2% of universities worldwide.

QS calculates its rankings based on a combination of metrics including research outputs, student to staff ratios, graduate employment rates, employer-student connections, university-employer partnerships, alumni outcomes and the university’s reputation among employers. The QS World University Rankings are facilitated by Quacquarelli Symonds, one of the world's leading providers of analytics and insights to the global higher education sector.

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

    • 94% of students enjoyed their arrival experience. National overall: 92%.
    • 92% of students appreciated our support services. National overall: 91%.
    • 90% of students rated their learning experience positively. National overall: 87%.
    • 90% of students valued their living experience. National overall: 89%.

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

CQUniversity’s strengths in a number of subject areas have been recognised in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2020.

CQUniversity is ranked as one of the top 400 universities globally in the subject area of Engineering and Technology, which includes Aviation. 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 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 includes Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary.
  • A top 500 ranking in Business and Economics, which includes Accounting and Finance.
  • A top 600 ranking in Social Sciences, which includes Arts, Digital Media and Sociology.

The Good Universities Guide 2021 undergraduate and postgraduate ratings show CQUniversity has achieved five stars in a number of categories including social equity, starting salary, undergraduate employment, postgraduate skills development and first-generation, and place the University in the top 20% of universities nationally. These ratings are a testament to the University’s vision to be Australia’s most accessible, supportive and engaged university.

CQUniversity is ranked number one in Australia for learning resources, student support, teaching quality and overall educational experience in undergraduate dentistry. We are also placed in the top 10 Australian universities for postgraduate skills development (84%).

The table highlights various educational experience measures where the University is among the top 10 nationally.

Areas of study

Educational experience measures

Allied Health, DentistryUndergraduate learning resources

Undergraduate student support

Undergraduate teaching quality

Undergraduate overall quality of educational experience

Undergraduate skills development

Undergraduate learner engagement

Accounting, Business and Management

Undergraduate teaching quality

Undergraduate student support

Undergraduate learning resources

Built environmentUndergraduate student support

Computing and Information Systems

Undergraduate and postgraduate skills development

Undergraduate teaching quality

Postgraduate overall quality of educational experience

Creative Arts

Undergraduate learner engagement

Undergraduate learning resources

Undergraduate overall quality of educational experience

Undergraduate student support

Undergraduate teaching quality

Education and Training

Undergraduate overall quality of educational experience

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate and postgraduate skills development

Humanities and Social SciencesUndergraduate student support

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 for 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 representative offices offshore in China, India and Indonesia.

Teaching looks at the faculty-to-student and teacher-to-student ratios and the levels of student satisfaction with teaching. Our commitment to teaching and small class size allows teachers to spend more time individually with students and 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 2020 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show CQUniversity's focus and commitment to improving the overall student experience. 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

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Postgraduate coursework learner engagement



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 around 40 other high profile education institutions.

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

CQUni’s commitment to sustainability and innovation sees us recognised in the top 200 universities worldwide from the prestigious Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020 and one of Australia's top Innovative Universities from The Educator Higher Education, Innovative Universities 2020.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018–19 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 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 Sciences
  • Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

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% of teachers with PhD qualifications 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.



Learning overall

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Living overall

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Support overall

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Arrival overall

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