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University of Southern Queensland

University of Southern Queensland Image File history File links USQ.png Licensing This is a logo of a corporation, sports team, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ...

Motto Per Studia Mens Nova (Latin: "Through study the mind is renewed")
Established 1967
Type Public
Chancellor Mrs Bobbie Brazil
Vice-Chancellor Professor Bill Lovegrove
Staff 1396 total staff
Students 26,174 (2004)
Location Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Website www.usq.edu.au

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, and then the University College of Southern Queensland in 1990; and finally USQ in 1992. It has international study support centres in Bretten (Germany), Fairland (South Africa), Botswana and Brisbane. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a university in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and some universities in Hong Kong, is the de facto head of the university. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, is 90 minutes drive west of Queenslands capital city, Brisbane, and two hours from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches. ... Emblems: Faunal - Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus); Floral - Cooktown orchid (Dendrobium bigibbum); Bird - Brolga (Grus rubicunda); Aquatic - Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos); Gem - Sapphire; Colour - Maroon Motto: Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Const. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... Toowoomba (also known as the The Garden City) is a city in South East Queensland, Australia. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE) was a tertiary education facility offering undergraduate (Batchelor level and below) degrees and certificates in Toowoomba, Queensland Australia, from the 1967 until it was elevated to University College status (1990) and later University status (1992) as the University of Southern Queensland. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Bretten is a city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. ... Region 4 is situated almost exactly in the middle of the Greater Johannesburg Area. ... Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, and is the third largest city in Australia, with a metropolitan population of 1. ...


USQ has a substantial campus in Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast Campus) to the north of Brisbane, and has recently established a new campus at Springfield in Brisbane's outer suburbs (2006). Another major campus of University of Southern Queensland has been set up in Auckland, New Zealand. It is named UUNZ Campus. It is located at the centre of Auckland City. Hervey Bay ([1]) is a rapidly growing resort city and Local Government Area in south eastern Queensland, Australia. ... Springfield is a 2850 hectare residential development located between the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich, in South East Queensland. ... Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, and is the third largest city in Australia, with a metropolitan population of 1. ...


It has approximately 27,000 enrolments, including over 7,400 international students. More than 100 nationalities are represented and about 5,000 international students study USQ programs while remaining in their home countries.


USQ offers programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level by on-campus, off-campus or online study. Some students choose different modes of delivery for different periods of their study.

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History

In 1961 the Toowoomba City Council declared that 200 acres of land to the southwest of the main town centre would be reserved for educational purposes. This suburb was named College Heights on 25 September 1966 but was later renamed Darling Heights. Darling Heights is a suburb of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. ...


The Queensland Institute of Technology (Darling Downs) opened in Toowoomba in 1967 as a technical college offering 29 full-time technological diploma courses to 140 foundation students who studied full-time or part-time. The foundation principal was Mr J Wolfe who served until May 1967 when Mr Lindsay Barker became principal.


After the passage of the amended Education Act in 1971 the Institute became an autonomous multi-purpose college under the control of its own college council which subsequently determined that the new college would become the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education.

USQ Main Library at Toowoomba
USQ Main Library at Toowoomba

By 1973, accredited professional degree courses were offered in: Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 700 KB) Summary Photo by regular Wikipedia user and sometime USQ student Alex Law, taken 22 March 2006 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 700 KB) Summary Photo by regular Wikipedia user and sometime USQ student Alex Law, taken 22 March 2006 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...

  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Science
  • Business Studies.

The School of Arts was formed in 1974. The Institute established the External Studies Department in 1978 and this soon became a recognised benchmark in its field with UNESCO selecting it as a demonstration unit. By this time external enrolments had begun to rival the number of internal enrolments.


The period spanning 1980 to 1990 saw a period of unprecedented growth of the Institute leading to the establishment of the University College of Southern Queensland (UCSQ) under the sponsorship of the University of Queensland. On 1 January 1992, UCSQ became the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) with Professor Barry Leal becoming the University’s inaugural Vice-Chancellor.


With the appointment of Professor Peter Swannell as Vice-Chancellor in 1996 the University underwent a further period of exceptional growth which included the establishment of a Wide Bay Campus (recently renamed Fraser Coast Campus) and a Brisbane Centre in 1997, the USQ European Study Centre in Bretten, Germany in 1998 and the building of a number of landmark structures on campus. In 1998 USQ was voted the 'World’s Best Dual Mode University' by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) while Professor Jim Taylor, the then Director of the Distance Education Centre won the inaugural ICDE prize for individual excellence for his contribution to global distance learning.


In 1999, USQ launched USQOnline, and was named winner of the Best Exporter Award in the Government Category of the National Multicultural Marketing Awards held by the New South Wales Ethnic Affairs Commission. In 2000, USQ won the organisational category of the Queensland Government Multicultural Services Awards and was named joint winner of the Good Universities Guides 'Australian University of the Year (2000 – 2001)' for demonstrated leadership in establishing the e-University.


In 2003, USQ opened Stage II of its Wide Bay Campus, constructed a research and manufacturing facility for Fibre Composites and established USQ International College, Fiji. Following the retirement of Professor Peter Swannell in 2003, Professor Bill Lovegrove was appointed as Vice-Chancellor. By the end of 2003 USQ had in excess of 25,000 enrolled students from 133 countries and a full-time equivalent of 1400 staff. Since 1992, USQ’s capital works expenditure has exceeded $107 million. The University has an estimated annual economic injection into the economy of the region in excess of $150 million per annum.


In July 2004, USQ won the Commonwealth of Learning Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement which recognises and honours excellence in distance education and open learning. The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.


In December 2004, the University improved its distance education profile by being accredited with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC), an American public service organisation dedicated to identifying quality distance learning institutions. The accreditation is an expression of confidence in the educational programs, policies and procedures of the University by its peers, and brings the institution recognition through the extension of special status by several American states under their legislation and regulations.


Significant progress was also made in 2004, towards establishing a campus at Greater Springfield in Brisbane’s south-western metropolitan corridor which has recently taken its first student intake in 2006. In early 2007, the USQ Wide Bay Campus at Hervey Bay was renamed USQ Fraser Coast as this was better suited to the city's location. Hervey Bay ([1]) is a rapidly growing resort city and Local Government Area in south eastern Queensland, Australia. ...


Governance and committees

The University's governing body is the Council. Members of the Council, representing University and community interests, contribute to the overall governance of the University by helping to set strategic directions and develop policy. The University of Southern Queensland Act 1998 establishes the Council and defines the functions and powers of the Council and the University, and sets limits on what the University and its authorities may do. The Council is advised by a number of key committees.


The Vice-Chancellor is the University's chief executive officer and responsible to the Council for the overall direction of the academic, administrative, financial and other affairs of the University. The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an Executive to whom most of the University's organisational units report.


The Academic Board is the University's senior academic advisory body. Its members include the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Deans, senior members of the University, elected members, the president of the USQ Student Guild, and two other student representatives. The Board is responsible for making recommendations to Council on academic policy, regulations pertaining to the academic operation of the University and the implementation of approved policy.


Faculties and academic departments

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering and Surveying
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Learning and Teaching Support Unit (LTSU)
  • Kumbari/Ngurpai Lag Higher Education Centre (Kumbari)
  • Distance and e-Learning Centre (DeC)

The University Of Southern Queensland holds an annual "Shakespeare in Queens Park Festival", showcasing actors from their acting department. The website for this is www.usq.edu.au/shakespeare. In 2007, USQ released a number of sonnets for Valentine's Day on Itunes, performed by staff and students, to advertise the festival.


Accommodation

  • McGregor College has 60 bedrooms with own bathrooms (blocks A-D) and a further 134 bedrooms where every two bedrooms share one bathroom (blocks E-K).
  • Concannon College has 102 bedrooms where every two bedrooms share one bathroom (blocks A-D).
  • Steele Rudd College has 132 bedrooms where the private common bathroom facilities in blocks are shared between either 10 (blocks C-I) or 15 (blocks A-B) students.
  • A variety of privately owned non-affiliated accommodation facilities can be found in the Darling Heights area.

External links

  • USQ Student guild
    • ATA - Anime Club
    • USQ Plus - G/L/B/T
  • 2006 Open Days (August)
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Southern Queensland - UUNZ Campus

  Results from FactBites:
 
University of Southern Queensland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1147 words)
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, and then the University College of Southern Queensland in 1990; and finally USQ in 1992.
USQ has a substantial campus at Wide Bay to the north of Brisbane, and is working to establish a campus at Springfield in Brisbane's outer suburbs (2006).
The period spanning 1980 to 1990 saw a period of unprecedented growth of the Institute leading to the establishment of the University College of Southern Queensland (UCSQ) under the sponsorship of the University of Queensland.
The University of Southern Queensland | The Good Guides (718 words)
USQ’s career focussed programs produce students that are job ready and as a result USQ graduates are highly sought after in the national and international workforces.
USQ has consistently rated in the top few Australian universities in terms of student satisfaction with their course however the University’s own research has indicated that it is the personal support that students receive from within the USQ community that is the thing they value the most about the University.
USQ is focussed on giving students the best opportunity to succeed at tertiary study by providing support designed to enhance the university experience and personal resources of students, staff and their families.
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