|University of Queensland Quick Snap|
|Location:||Brisbane, Queensland Australia|
|Main Campus:||St. Lucia|
|City Population:||2.1 million|
|Semester 1 Starts:||
Mandatory Orientation: mid-February
Classes commence: late February/early March
|Semester 2 Starts:||
Mandatory Orientation: second week of July
Classes commence: third week of July
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Social & Behavioural Sciences
UQ also consistently performs well in respected rankings of university academic and research performance. In 2012, the University ranked 65th in the world in a ranking compiled by the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement. At the national level, UQ was awarded the maximum five-star rating by Australia's The Good Universities Guide 2011 for student demand, student-staff ratios, research grants and research intensity and toughness to get in (St. Lucia campus).The University of Queensland, through the UQ Advantage, creates a learning and research environment for their students, staff and alumni which rewards excellence and innovation and promotes engagement with local, national and international communities. The UQ Advantage provides students with opportunities, choices and support that will enable them to realize their individual aspirations, to become leaders in their chosen fields and to positively impact on the society in which they live. The UQ Advantage is
UQ has more than 2,600 academic staff dedicated to teaching and research. Many are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields. Their ability and dedication is proven by the fact that UQ academics have won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other university.
UQ is noted for supporting early- and mid-career researchers. In 2012, UQ graduated its 10,000th PhD. UQ currently has 4,593 Research Higher Degree students, including 4,022 PhD students. In 2011, 553 Research Higher Degrees were awarded.
Today, UQ has 45,548 students across its four main campuses in southeast Queensland: St Lucia, Ipswich, Gatton and Herston. Staff and students from more than 134 nations are valued in its multicultural community, which celebrates excellence in all aspects of scholarship. UQ St Lucia—the university's largest campus—is situated in Brisbane, a dynamic capital city known for its excellent climate, safe environment and affordable quality of life.
Students choose from a comprehensive range of high-quality programs, with more than 375 programs and 4,000 courses available.
Throughout 2010 the university undertook a substantial review of its strategic direction and developed a clear set of objectives that will guide its development over the next decade. The outcomes of this process have been captured in the Strategic Plan 2012-2016.
The university's strategic objectives over the first five years of the next decade—2012-2016—are defined around the key themes of learning, discovery and engagement.
UQ's internationalization agenda is embedded within each of these key themes and summarized in the UQ Global Strategy and Internationalisation Plan 2011-15. The university's strategies are further underpinned by a commitment to the directions and initiatives described within the Equity and Diversity Plan 2010-2014 and the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan.
Summer maximum average temperatures hover around 29 degrees Celsius and these months (December to February) do feature some hot and humid days. Winter months are mild and pleasant with average maximum temperatures of around 22 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in winter averages of around 9 degrees Celcius.
Sporting pursuits are highly valued in Brisbane. While opportunities to watch or play sports are not lacking, the city has a rich cultural side to explore, too. The easily accessible South Bank precinct houses the Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. In the city, the Museum of Brisbane celebrates Brisbane's contemporary culture, history and people.
The inner city is also characterized by the Brisbane River, parklands and botanical gardens, convention centres, a casino, malls, shopping districts, a host of multi-ethnic restaurants and cafés and other recreation areas. It’s a great area for cycling — you can easily ride from the University of Queensland campus at St. Lucia to the city via the dedicated riverside bike path.
Brisbane is surrounded by beaches. A short boat trip will take you to Stradbroke Island, with its lovely lakes and secluded, pristine beaches. The theme parks and surf beaches of the Gold Coast are just an hour's drive south. Or, drive north for an hour to visit the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches. If you want to go to the swimming in the city, you can visit the unique man-made beach at South bank.
National Park rainforests and tourist attractions such as the Australia Zoo are within driving distance. Other local wildlife parks also provide opportunities to view Australian native animals and birds.
Brisbane's reputation as a friendly, modern city makes it a popular tourist destination. It’s also a great starting point for visiting Queensland’s many other attractions.Key Advantages of Studying in Brisbane: