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Why is UQ a world top 50 university?

Uni life
Published 26 Jun, 2024  ·  4-minute read

The ranking of universities in Australia: it’s one of the first things prospective students research when they consider what institution they eventually want to call their alma mater.

According to the Australian Financial Review's Best University Ranking, The University of Queensland (UQ) is Australia's top university. On a global scale, QS World University Rankings 2025 ranked UQ 40 in the world. Not too shabby, considering there are 42 universities in Australia, and over 25,000 universities around the globe.

But while rankings are important, there’s so much more to UQ’s reputation than can be encapsulated in a number. From the opportunities you’ll gain through the university’s global connections, to what you’ll learn from its passionate and engaging lecturers, UQ has a lot to offer future university students.

If you’re asking ‘what is The University of Queensland known for?’ or ‘what can The University of Queensland offer me?’, here's a succinct list that’ll help you get a realistic view of why UQ should be on your preference list for tertiary study.

Discover why over 332,000 excellent minds have chosen to study at UQ.

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Globally connected

Global connectedness is a big priority for UQ. We have graduates in 190 countries around the world and offer exchange opportunities for our students with 130+ exchange partners across over 30 countries. But our global connections reach beyond the student experience.

We partner with leading international research institutions, government organisations, sponsors and industries to create positive change. We’re working with Trinity College in Dublin to develop treatments for inflammatory diseases and with Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia to investigate antibiotic resistant bacteria and minimise the spread of superbugs.

We know innovation comes from collaboration, and by reaching out internationally, we can combine the world’s greatest minds to create a cleaner, healthier and happier future for everyone.

Discover UQ’s global partnerships

Teaching excellence

UQ is Australia’s most-awarded university for teaching excellence. Our lecturers and tutors are experts in their field and are dedicated to providing inclusive and engaging learning experiences for all their students.

UQ teachers are adaptable, approachable and future-focused. They want to not only teach you, but also challenge you, and prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career. Our teachers aren’t afraid to tackle the big issues, incite discussion and spark curiosity. They’re constantly looking ahead to provide you with skills that will help you excel in jobs that don’t even exist yet.

UQ's outstanding teachers are part of the reason why we continue to perform so favourably in the QS world university rankings by subject. Notably, in 2024 we ranked 2nd in the world for sports-related subjects, 4th for engineering – mineral and mining and 19th for agriculture and forestry.

If you want to learn from the best, and be inspired in the process, UQ is the place for you.

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Female students walk through UQ's Great Court with sandstone cloisters in background

St Lucia's famous Great Court is a favoured spot for student study sessions and relaxing between classes.

Highly employable graduates

According to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022, UQ produces the most employable graduates out of all the Queensland universities. In fact, 81% of UQ's (undergraduate) graduates secured full-time employment 4-6 months after completing their studies in 2023, according to QILT's Graduate Outcomes Survey. Employers continually favour UQ graduates as they know they’re adaptable problem-solvers equipped with a range of transferrable skills. 

UQ has an entire team dedicated to assisting students with their career development. At UQ, we’ll help you:

  • map out a clear career path
  • find internship opportunities
  • build your professional network
  • stand out amongst other graduates
  • achieve your career goals.

From personalised careers advice to recruitment training and preparation resources, we have everything you need to transition confidently from university to employment and secure your dream career.

Increase your employability at UQ

Notable alumni

The University of Queensland’s notable alumni include a Nobel laureate, two Fortune 500 company CEOs, an Academy Award winner and countless leaders in government, industry and the arts. From actor Geoffrey Rush to former Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, our graduates have had a huge impact nationally and globally in various industries and sectors.

UQ graduates have represented Australia at Eurovision and at the Olympics. They’ve invented needle-free vaccines and heart stents, shaped the Australian media landscape, led the nation towards key political change and amplified women’s voices in business.

UQ alumni create change, and you can too.

Be inspired by UQ’s notable alumni

aerial view of Heron Island, surrounded by bright blue water

UQ’s Heron Island Research Station, where we’ve been conducting groundbreaking coral reef research and education for more than 70 years.

World-class facilities

How would UQ students and graduates create change without the world-class facilities that help them to learn, experiment and develop? Our groundbreaking learning and research spaces enable students to embrace their curiosity to transform the world around them.

At UQ, we own 675 buildings, including 527 timetabled teaching spaces and 2259 laboratories. Our libraries have over 2.21 million electronic and print book titles and over 178,000 journals. We also have modern student accommodation, focused study areas, art and history museums, open green spaces for socialising and Olympic-level sporting facilities

But our reach extends far beyond Brisbane, with a teaching and research centre in the Great Barrier Reef, a wildlife centre in Grandchester and seismograph stations around South-East Queensland.

Having so many top-notch facilities at our disposal means we’re also serious about sustainability. UQ is a leader in renewable energy production in the tertiary sector, and our 3.3 megawatt solar farm in Warwick is testament to this. It has over 200,000 solar panels, which, if laid out end to end, would reach from Noose to Coolangatta! It's not only used to help us progress towards our goal of 100% renewable energy, but also for teaching and research.

At UQ, you’ll have access to all of these state-of-the-art facilities, and more, to help you excel.

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