is Australian public university
based in Queensland. Its main campus in North Rockhampton Queensland, but it has operations throughout
The international campuses are located in
Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane.
CQUniversity started out as the Queensland Institute of
in 1967, and after two years under
the name of the University College of Central Queensland
in 1992 became an official university named the University of
. In 1994 it adopted the name "Central
Queensland University". In 2008 it became CQUniversity in an effort
to help the University remain an attractive career option.
CQUniversity is governed by the CQUniversity Council, comprising
the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and various elected and appointed
representatives. Operationally, CQU is managed by the
Vice-Chancellor.. Faculties are managed by Executive Deans.
CQUniversity students are represented by the CQU Student
(CQUSA) which is governed by a board of elected
students from across the CQU campus network. The CQUSA provides
academic advocacy and support and a range of campus support
services for students based at the CQU regional and international
campuses. Postgraduate representation is provided by the
CQUniversity Student Association's, CQUniversity Postgraduate
Research Students Committee.
CQUniversity has two faculties - Arts, Business, Informatics & Education
Engineering and Health
. Prior to a restructure (into three
faculties) during late 2005, the university had five faculties. In
late 2008, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Education and the
Faculty of Business & Informatics were merged into the Faculty
of Arts, Business, Informatics & Education.
Major areas of study
CQUniversity runs programs in a wide range of disciplines. The
programs are generally grouped into the following sections: Built
Environment and Design; Business and Tourism; Creative and
Performing Arts; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and
Recreation; Humanities and Social Sciences; Information Technology;
Primary Industries and Environment; Sciences; Double degrees; and
Dual degrees. Information on the programs and courses available at
CQUniversity is available in the CQU Student
CQUniversity has a variety of campuses and learning centres in
different areas. At present there are five campuses that are within
Central Queensland, delivery sites on the Sunshine Coast, capital
city campuses in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, a campus on the
Gold Coast and five overseas locations.
In addition to Rockhampton the Central Queensland campuses service
students in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay and surrounding
communities. With these various locations, these regional campuses
can cater for students who want to stay close to home. CQU also
offers programs at delivery sites on the Sunshine Coast.
There are also campuses which cater to international students in
such areas as Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.
CQUniversity also delivers programs in Hong Kong, New Zealand,
Shanghai and Singapore.. There was a campus located in Fiji which
has shut down as of February 2007. . A further international campus
was also built on a custom campus in New Zealand, but this campus
was shut down at the end of 2008.
The Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney campuses are run by
a privately held entity called C.Management Services (CMS).
Originally, this commercial entity was owned 50% by CQU and 50% by
a private company Campus Group Holdings, which runs many
educational institutions in its portfolio. As of early 2008, CQU is
now a 100% stakeholder in CMS, with CMS still being kept and run as
a private commercial enterprise, only fully owned by the
university. The CMS operation is now being run as a 'government
owned private corporation' due to being owned by CQU via a takeover
funded by a Queensland Treasury loan.
CQU has numerous research centres, research institutes and programs
- Centre for Environmental Management
- Centre for Plant and Water Science
- Centre for Railway Engineering
- Centre for Social Science Research
- Primary Industries Research Centre
- Institute for Sustainable Regional Development
Program of Psycho-Social Health Research
CQU received seven five star ratings from the Good Universities Guide
2003, giving it the most top ratings of any regional university in
Australia.. This made it more highly rated than some older,
traditional universities. In 2007, GUG awarded CQU five separate
5-star ratings, including for "Positive Graduate Outcomes" for the
fourth year in a row.
In the Melbourne
's 2006 rankings of Australian universities, CQU was
ranked thirty-second of 38 Universities ranked in Arts and
Humanities, thirty-fifth of 39 Universities ranked in Business,
thirtieth of 35 Universities ranked in Education, twenty-fourth of
28 Universities ranked in Engineering, 28th of 38 Universities in
In 2006, CQU was announced as being the number one destination and
largest provider in the country for international students studying
within Australia (Term 1 2006) by IDP Education Australia
graduates receive among the highest starting salaries in the
country.. CQU received the highest possible rating for educational
experience and entry flexibility. CQU "was one of only three
Queensland universities", (the others being Bond University and the
University of Queensland) "to receive the highest rating for
positive graduate outcomes" according to the Good University
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