University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is based in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The institution was established in 1967 as the Queensland Institute of Technology (Darling Downs). In 1971, it became the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, then the University College of Southern Queensland in 1990 and finally the University of Southern Queensland in 1992.
In 2008, the total number of programmes offered was 95 for undergraduates and 80 for postgraduates. Total student enrolments was 24,756, of which international students studying on-campus was 2,234 and studying externally was 5,169.
From Arts, Business and Law, to Education, Sciences, Engineering and Surveying, the University continues to develop programs and courses that reflect the changing needs of society.
USQ has a diverse student population, and welcomes international students from more than 100 countries each year. USQ is a young dynamic university dedicated to providing quality programs and degrees, and ensuring our graduates are given the best possible opportunities to succeed.
USQ focuses on its students’ academic and personal goals. USQ offers smaller class sizes mean students receive individual attention and a high level of academic support from teachers committed in the holist development of each student.
To ensure that students reach their goals USQ developed a variety of support avenues that provide them with the necessary tools to succeed. In 2011 USQ launches a new initiative which will provide every student with a personal support person. Known as the Student Relationship Officers, these people will mentor students through their time at USQ, providing them with additional opportunities to reach their full potential.
USQ is proud of diverse student population. Each year there are around 7000 international students from a wide variety of countries globally. Students from all backgrounds come together to create USQ’s unique multicultural climate.
USQ has developed an international reputation as a leading distance education provider. Over the years USQ has fine-tuned the delivery of our programs so that students who choose to study externally or online receive the same material and support as those who study on campus. USQ recognise that most people lead busy lives so we are committed to ensuring students get the most from their journey with us by remaining flexible and understanding.
USQ is divided into a number of academic and administrative sections to ensure that the University operates within its legal framework, ensure that it remains as a leader in distance education and enhancing all aspects of being a university.