QUT is marketed as "A university for the real world". The university is a member of the Australian Technology Network, a network of Australian universities that are strongly focused on technological research.
QUT is Queensland's largest university by enrollment, with 40,000 students, including 4500 international students from more than 90 countries.
QUT ranked 195 in the World University Rankings in 2007, the rankings were released by The Times Higher Education Supplement. QUT is also ranked 10 in the Australian Universities National Ranking in 2007. This was compiled by the Melbourne Institute which is a applied economic and social research centre under the University of Melbourne.
QUT Faculty of Business is accredited with AMBA, EQUIS and AACBS, making it one of the very few universities in the world and the first university in Australia to obtain this Triple Crown of international accreditation. QUT's MBA is also the only Queensland MBA program (and one of only 3 Australian programs) to have ever been listed in the FT Top 100 rankings (in 2004 at no. 82).
QUT Faculty of Information Technology has strong industry links with global companies like Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, CISCO and Infosys. The FIT is an Australian member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIT's School of Software Engineering and Data Communications also operates the Cisco Networking Academy Program. QUT is a academic research partner with SAP and it is the University Competency Centre(UCC) for the SAP Global University Alliance Program which includes participants such as National University of Singapore; Australian National University (ANU), University of Sydney and Melbourne University. The FIT also hosts the Microsoft QUT eResearch Centre (MQUTeR) which is a collaboration between Microsoft Research(Redmond) and the Queensland State government.
QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake has announced plans to build a $200 million science and technology precint on its Garden Point Campus in Brisbane's CBD
Brisbane College of Advanced Education had a number of predecessor institutions that included Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Mt.Gravatt College of Advanced Education, North Brisbane College of Advanced Education and Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers College which offered academic, technical and teacher education. The oldest of these institutions was the Brisbane School of Arts, which was established in 1849.
QIT began as Central Technical College. The CTC was established in 1908 at Gardens Point. Its name was changed to QIT in 1965.
As with all public universities in the state of Queensland, QUT uses the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre to process and rank Australian citizens and permanent residents, as well as New Zealand citizens, undergraduate applicants on the basis of merit. QTAC uses the overall position index (OP) to rank school leavers according to performance.
Scholars from QUT: QUT has produced 3 Rhodes scholars since 1998 , the first of which was a graduate of the Law School, Ben White, who is now a senior lecturer in the Law School.
Gardens Point (GP) The Gardens Point campus is located on the Brisbane River in the city centre, next to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Queensland Parliament House. The Brisbane Graduate School of Business and the Gardens Cultural Precinct are located within this campus. This campus is also home to the Built Environment and Engineering, Business, Information Technology, Law, and Science faculties, as well as QUT's languages programs.
Kelvin Grove The Kelvin Grove Campus is situated in the suburb of Kelvin Grove, about three kilometres north of Brisbane's central business district. The Creative Industries Precinct is part of this campus. The Education, Health and Creative Industries faculties are located at this campus, along with the QUT International College. The Kelvin Grove Campus is also the home for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) which is the only ARC centre in Australia for humanities.
Carseldine In the outer suburb of Carseldine, 13 kilometres north of the city centre, this campus houses the Humanities and Human Services faculty, as well as the Psychology & Counselling programs. Some units in Business, Science and Information Technology are also taught at Carseldine, in addition to being taught at Gardens Point. It has recently been announced that as of then end of 2008 the Carseldine Campus will be closed.
Caboolture The Caboolture campus, located 45km north of Brisbane, shares its campus with the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE. The campus offers full courses in Business, Education and Nursing as well as entry to courses in Arts, Creative Industries, Education and Social Science which currently must later be completed at a different campus after the first year, although further years are being introduced as the campus population grows.
The Gardens Cultural Precinct includes the Gardens Theatre and the QUT Art Museum, and is adjacent to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and the Old Government House. The Gardens Theatre is a medium-sized venue, formerly known as the Basil Jones Theatre, and was renovated with assistance from the Queensland Government. It was reopened as the Gardens Theatre in 1999 by the then Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie. It provides space for QUT productions and visiting performers, and is the only theatre complex in Brisbane's central business district.
The QUT Art Museum houses the university's art collection, focused on contemporary Australian art, particularly paintings, prints and ceramics, as well as other temporary exhibitions and exhibitions by QUT staff and students. QUT Art Museum is located on the ground level of the University's main administration building at the Gardens Point campus. The building is a 1930s neo-classical revivalist building, and the QUT Art Museum was designed by Peddle Thorpe Architects, Brisbane.
The Precinct was built at a cost of around $60 million on the site of the Gona Barracks, which was de-commissioned in 1998. It is the first part of the $900 million Kelvin Grove Urban Village development, a 'residential and retail village'. The development will include over 800 residential units, from low-cost student accommodation to penthouses with city views; retail stores including a supermarket, restaurants and cafes; and QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.
QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation commenced operation in October 2006 at the Kelvin Grove campus. Its research program covers: Human Health and Wellbeing, Medical Devices, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Cells & Tissue, Tropical Crops and Biocommodities & Vision Improvement. IHBI together with the university's private arm, QUT Bluebox promotes greater commercialization of QUT research.
In the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council grants, 22 grants were funded nationwide to 14 universities and research organizations, with QUT attracting 6 of them, worth $941,773.
QUT's Science faculty also offers the Dean's Scholars Program. Selected students complete an Applied Science degree (with Honours) in only three years.