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In just 25 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. We are proud of our achievements and will continue to build on these prestigious highlights.

TOP 100 UNDER 50

CQUniversity has been recognised within the World’s Top 100 Young Universities by the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, claiming a spot at number 90.

The Young University Rankings apply the same performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings, with universities under 50 years old measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

This is a significant leap forward for CQUniversity having been ranked just outside the top 100 in 2016.


THE logoCQUniversity Australia has been named among the best universities in the world, claiming a spot within the Top 500 list of the prestigious and well-respected Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016 – 17. This is a significant improvement from its 2015 ranking, having previously placed in the Top 600.

The new ranking reflects our commitment to research, learning and teaching, international outlook as well as providing the best student experience.


QS world university rankingsCQUniversity has recently been ranked within the top 3% of universities globally by QS World University Rankings after securing a place in the 601-650 rankings bracket.

This ranking 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. This outstanding result positions us among leading universities around the world.


CQUniversity's commitment to engagement and social outreach has led to CQUniversity being recognised as Australia's first 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) 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

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 course redesign, and is a true testament to the value that this course offers.

CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings 2017

CQUniversity’s MBA has been further cemented as one of the best in the world after being placed in Tier 1 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: 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.


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The latest Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show CQUniversity has continued its shining record as a leader for graduate job and salary outcomes, outperforming the national averages in both undergraduate and postgraduate.

For undergraduate, the University is in the top 5 universities for overall full-time employment and median salaries. It tops the nation for median salaries in Engineering, and for full-time employment in Teacher Education.

For postgraduate, the University is in the top 2 universities for full-time employment and median salaries in Engineering, and a leader in Health Services and Support and Teacher Education.

These achievements are driven by the University's strong record of engagement with employers and industry sectors, and the commitment to equipping our students with relevant practical, hands-on learning experiences.