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CQUniversity has emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities as our reputation flourishes in various ratings and rankings systems in Australia and around the globe.

Positive graduate outcomes are our number one priority. This is why we are proud that our graduate employability rates and starting salaries are consistently ranked above the Australian average.

Our graduates are in demand, our students are satisfied. In fact, the most recent ISB survey results once again show we are well above the Australian average for overall student satisfaction.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BAROMETER

We're pleased to once again excel above the Australian average in overall satisfaction, and other key areas in student experience and satisfaction.

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GRADUATE GUARANTEE

We're excited to offer an Australia-first Graduate Guarantee. Land a job in your field or upskill for free with a graduate certificate. This is our peace of mind warranty.

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CQUniversity has ranked in the top 650 universities globally in the QS World University Rankings 2022, placing us among some of the world's strongest research and teaching institutions.

CQUniversity joins 14 other young Australian universities ranked by QS in the top 100 institutions globally under 50 years of age.

In addition to this, CQUniversity has been recognised in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 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.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (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.

QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey 2021

The Employer Satisfaction Survey results prove employers like our graduates. Here's how we're ranked among Australian universities.

  • #5 for Overall employer satisfaction (#1 of Queensland-based universities)
  • #1 for Employer satisfaction with graduates' technical skills
  • #2 for Employer satisfaction with graduates' foundation skills
  • #3 for Employer satisfaction with graduates' collaborative skills

QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021

The Graduate Outcomes Survey results show our graduates found employment fast (within four months after completing their course) and earning more than other Australian university graduates:

  • Undergraduate full-time employment - 83.4% (second highest result of Australian universities)
  • Undergraduate full-time salary - A$70 000 (third highest result of Australian universities)

QILT ComparED 2021

ComparED uses QILT data to compare the quality of higher education institutions. The latest results show we outperformed other Australian universities in many categories, from employment and starting salary through to support, overall student experience and quality of teaching and learning.

Employment and salary

CQUniversity

Australian Average

Undergraduate full-time employment 79% 70%
Postgraduate coursework full-time employment 89.5% 85.8%
Undergraduate employment (any kind including part-time or casual) 89.2% 85.6%
Postgraduate coursework employment (any kind including part-time or casual) 93.6% 91.7%
Undergraduate median salary $69 000 $64 000
Postgraduate coursework median salary $97 800 $87 700
Support and experienceCQUniversity Australian Average
Undergraduate student support 77.9% 73.9%
Postgraduate coursework student support 75% 74.3%
Undergraduate overall student experience 76.5% 73.5%
Postgraduate coursework overall student experience 73.7% 72%
Teaching, learning and facilitiesCQUniversity Australian Average
Undergraduate teaching quality 81.8% 79.5%
Postgraduate coursework teaching quality 79.8% 79.2%
Undergraduate facilities and resources 82% 80.3%
Postgraduate coursework skills development 83.2% 79.5%

CQUniversity’s strengths in a number of subject areas have been recognised in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2021.

CQUniversity is ranked as one of the top 600 universities globally in the subject area of Business and Economics. Making the 501–600 reaffirms the popularity and value of the University’s accounting, business, economics, finance and management-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:

  • 301–400 in Psychology, which includes Social Work.
  • 401–500 in Education, which includes Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary.
  • 501–600 in Business and Economics, which includes Accounting and Finance.
  • 601–800 in Engineering and Technology.

We are also recognised for our research and teaching strengths in the fields of Clinical and Health, and Social Sciences.

The Good Universities Guide 2022 undergraduate and postgraduate ratings show CQUniversity has achieved five stars, the highest possible rating, in a number of categories including social equity, starting salary, full-time employment, undergraduate overall student experience, undergraduate teaching quality, postgraduate skills development and first-generation, and place the University in the top 20% of universities nationally. These top-rated results 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, skills development. learner engagement and overall educational experience in undergraduate dentistry.

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

Areas of study

Educational experience measures

Accounting, Business and Management

Undergraduate full-time employment

Undergraduate student support

Undergraduate teaching quality

Undergraduate learning resources

Allied Health, DentistryUndergraduate learning resources

Undergraduate student support

Undergraduate teaching quality

Undergraduate overall quality of educational experience

Undergraduate skills development

Undergraduate learner engagement
Built environmentUndergraduate full-time employment

Undergraduate starting salary

Undergraduate student support

Undergraduate teaching quality
CommunicationUndergraduate overall quality of student experience

Undergraduate skills development

Undergraduate teaching quality

Undergraduate learning resources 

Computing and Information Systems

Undergraduate teaching quality

Undergraduate and postgraduate skills development

Undergraduate student support

Postgraduate learner engagement

Postgraduate overall quality of educational experience

Creative Arts

Undergraduate overall quality of student experience

Undergraduate full-time employment

Undergraduate student support

Education and Training

Undergraduate full-time employment

Undergraduate student support

Undergraduate teaching quality

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate and postgraduate full-time employment

Undergraduate and postgraduate starting salary

Undergraduate learning resources

Postgraduate skills development

Postgraduate teaching quality

Health Services and SupportUndergraduate and postgraduate starting salary

Undergraduate and postgraduate full-time employment 
Humanities and Social SciencesUndergraduate student support
NursingUndergraduate overall quality of student experience

Undergraduate starting salary
PsychologyUndergraduate starting salary

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching quality 

Postgraduate overall quality of student experience 

Postgraduate skills development 

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.

CQUniversity has been awarded overall five stars in the highly-regarded, globally-recognised QS Stars Rating system. This world-class result highlights the University's growth from a four-star institution in 2019.

The University received five stars for four important indicators: Employability, Facilities, Internationalisation and Teaching.

Employability

This indicator encompasses more than academic strength, focusing on 'work-readiness'. CQUniversity’s courses are designed alongside industry and embed practical work integrated learning such as internships. Our career services are some of the best in a university setting, with 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.

Facilities

This indicator looks at university infrastructure such as sporting, IT, library, medical facilities and student societies. CQUniversity continues to invest millions in capital works to create the best possible teaching and learning experience for students and staff. Our campuses feature fully equipped libraries and computer labs, allied health clinic and other clinical learning labs, aviation and engineering precincts, multi-faith centre as well as student accommodation. Our social spaces span student lounges for recreational activity, swimming pool, tennis court and gyms.

Internationalisation

This indicator looks at the proportion of international students and staff, the numbers of exchange students, student nationalities, international partnerships and religious facilities. CQUniversity's global outlook and diversity grow from strength to strength. We are the preferred education provider for students from over 85 countries. We commit to world-class global mobility programs, overseas placements and international partnerships. We have representative offices offshore in India and Indonesia. Our presence in Indonesia continues to flourish with a training centre and a full campus in the near future.

Teaching

This indicator determines teaching quality from student feedback in national student surveys as well as through further study rate and student faculty ratio. Our small class sizes and excellent student feedback have contributed to our five-star rating. Our positive student satisfaction levels are a testament to the commitment and high calibre of staff. Many teachers are also practitioners and active researchers – they innovate and incorporate their practice and research into classroom teaching and across the wider university and beyond.

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

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.

Our commitment to delivering research that has real impacts on our communities and local industries means research is done differently at CQUniversity. We answer challenges, develop constructive solutions and identify new opportunities in a wide range of disciplines and fields.

Our success in several categories of the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021 acknowledges the quality of CQUni research in areas aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

The Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 Impact Rankings were released recently, assessing universities across the world against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CQUniversity performed incredibly well, ranking 83rd out of more than 1,400 institutions worldwide, a jump from being placed in the top 200 in 2021.

CQU performed notably well in the below categories:

  • 'life below water' which highlights the amazing world-class research and engagement that the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre team continues to conduct;
  • 'life on land' which highlights the leading role that the Institute for Future Farming Systems team plays in investigating better ways to bolster the productivity and profitability of the livestock and horticulture sectors while reducing environmental impact and restoring vulnerable ecosystems; and
  • 'partnerships for the goals' which demonstrates our increased ability to support the development of global sustainability through meaningful partnerships.

For more information, visit the official Times Higher Education website.

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 2022

CQUniversity’s MBA has been further cemented as one of the best in the world after remaining in Tier One of CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings and moving to a higher position in the top 50 worldwide for Global Online MBAs.

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 2019–2020 English Language Barometer and gained an overall satisfaction average of 89.8% within a group of 52 English language centres throughout Australia.

A pleasant highlight for CQUEnglish is the first-place ranking across all our language centres for making students feel supported and a second-place ranking for value for money – 94.5% compared to the national average of 82.7%. This perfectly aligns with the wider university’s focus and commitment to providing the best student experience for all our students.

Experience

Ranking

Support overall

1 of 52

Arrival overall

4 of 52

Happiness overall4 of 52

Learning overall

5 of 52

Overall

5 of 52

Additional significant achievements across various areas include:

Experience

CQUniversity Australia

National Average

Pre-arrival information

93.3%

90.4%

Study sense

Learning support

Good teachers

Performance feedback

Assessment

97.1%

95.5%

94.5%

100%

96.3%

90.5%

94.6%

93.9%

93.4%

93.2%

Class size

Learning spaces

97.2%

98.9%

89.6%

92.8%

Accommodation access

Living cost

Financial support

Internet access

Eco-friendly attitude

Campus environment

91.3%

75%

75.8%

91.5%

97.1%

94.2%

88.4%

72.1%

68.6%

83.3%

91.9%

93.6%

Advice on further study

Careers advice

96%

87.8%

87.2%

81.9%

The English Language Barometer is facilitated by i-graduate and is the global benchmark instrument used to track the English language centres student experience.