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Our past accomplishments and future ambition

2022 marks a milestone year for the University of Southern Queensland, as we celebrate our 55th anniversary as an educational institution and 30th as a University. View the University's 55 year history through highlighted institutional key events, milestones and achievements. Our timeline acknowledges that our heritage is a platform for our success and also identifies major projects moving us forward.

Formation of the Darling Downs University Establishment Association (DDUEA)
Course offerings were launched in Business; Biological Sciences; Chemical Sciences; Engineering and Physics.
The Queensland Institute of Technology Darling Downs (QITDD) opened for business with 18 staff and 140 students.
Course offerings were launched in Agriculture & Environmental Engineering; Behavioural Sciences; Creative Arts; Studies in Human Society; Geology; Mathematical Sciences and Secondary Teacher Education.
The first graduation ceremony was held for 25 students.
The Queensland Institute of Technology Darling Downs becomes the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE).
Graduate Diploma in Teaching is the first postgraduate degree to be offered.
External Studies Department established.
Research centres established in areas including water and soil, science and human performance.
Off-shore external offering of Business Studies commences in Hong Kong.
Office of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education opens within the School of Arts.
The Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education becomes the University College of Southern Queensland (UCSQ).
Nursing course offerings were launched.
Kumbari/Ngurpai Lag Higher Education Centre established as an autonomous unit.
The University of Southern Queensland is established.
The University of Southern Queensland Wide Bay campus (later Fraser Coast) and City Precinct developed in collaboration with the Hervey Bay Council.
Good Universities Guide "University of the Year" for 2000-2001 awarded to the University of Southern Queensland for leadership in developing the e-University.
University of Southern Queensland Springfield campus opens, heralding the start of of the University's "Western Corridor strategy".
Queensland College of Wine and Tourism (QCWT) established at Stanthorpe.
Law course offerings were launched.
University of Southern Queensland launches new Research Plan and significantly increases investment in research.
University of Southern Queensland acquires Ipswich campus from University of Queensland, greatly enhancing our presence in the Western Corridor.
Paramedicine course offerings were launched.
Aviation course offerings were launched.
A new $16 million Agricultural Science and Engineering Precinct was officially opened at the University's Toowoomba campus.
University of Southern Queensland ranked in the Top 500 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
University of Southern Queensland is named one of Australia’s Trailblazer universities to accelerate growth in space manufacturing and lead a new research hub of national priority.
University of Southern Queensland celebrates its 55th year as a higher education provider and 30th year as a University.

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By the numbers

Students studying with the University of Southern Queensland.

Areas of research that are
world standard or better.

Countries where our University Alumni reside.

Degrees available on-campus and online.