52. University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is an Australian research university primarily located in Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. As one of Australia's leading universities, UQ is consistently ranked first for business administration, mining engineering and life sciencesin Australasia. UQ also admits the majority of its state's top achievers. The main campus occupies much of the riverside inner suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane central business district. Other UQ campuses and facilities are located throughout Queensland, the largest of which are the Gatton campus and the Herston medical school. UQ's overseas establishments include the Brunei Clinical School and the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana, United States.
Founded in 1909 by the state parliament, UQ is one of Australia's oldest universities colloquially known as a sandstone university. The University of Queensland is a founding member of online higher education consortium edX, Australia's research-intensive Group of Eight, and the global Universitas 21 network.
The university offers associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees through a college, a graduate school and six faculties. As a research university, UQ incorporates over one hundred research institutes and centres, such as the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the Queensland Brain Institute and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. Recent research achievements of the university include pioneering the invention of the HPV vaccine that prevents cervical cancer and the development of high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs.
Two Nobel laureates have been associated with UQ as alumni and staff. Over recent decades, UQ has produced notable alumniacross a range of professions, including Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine Peter C. Doherty, Triple Crown of Acting winner Geoffrey Rush, triple Grammy Award winner Tim Munro, and the Presidents of General Electric-Europe, Dow Chemical, King's College London and University of California, San Francisco.