Queensland University of Technology
Quensland University of Technology (QUT) is one of Australia's largest universities, located in Brisbane. It is Queensland's largest by enrolment, with 40,000 students, including 4500 international students from over 90 countries. QUT is marketed as "the university for the real world", and is part of the Australian Technology Network.
QUT's history began with Brisbane's Central Technical College, established in 1908 at Gardens Point, which in 1965 became part of the Queensland Institute of Technology. The Kelvin Grove, Kedron and Carseldine campuses of the old Brisbane College of Advanced Education were incorporated as campuses of the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1988. The Queensland Institute of Technology became the Queensland University of Technology in 1989. Although the Dawkins reforms were converting many other tertiary institutions into universities at the time, this change happened independent of the reforms.
- Built Environment and Engineering
- Creative Industries
- Information Technology
- Humanities and Human Services
As with all public universities in the state of Queensland, QUT uses the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC), to process and rank domestic applicants on the basis of merit. QTAC uses the overall position index (often called "OP") to rank school leavers according to performance. International students may apply directly to the university.
The Australian university system differs from its American counterpart in that there is no stark segmentation in terms of selectivity between institutions. Segmentation occurs between courses of study. At the end of each academic year, each school within QUT decides upon the number of students it will admit, for each course, in the following year. These quotas are forwarded to QTAC which selects students on the basis of merit. This process usually means that professional degrees such as optometry, medical imaging, and law have tougher entry criteria than courses in the pure sciences and humanities.
Recently, QUT has attempted to attract exceptional students by offering meritorious full-scholarships for students within the science, engineering, and information technology faculties. Additionally the OP guarantee initiative was implemented to give high-achieving applicants greater certainty by guaranteeing acceptance to most courses, excepting the selective professional degrees.
QUT has four main campuses:
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 home to the Built Environment and Engineering, Business, Information Technology, Law and Science faculties, as well as QUT's Languages programs.
Kelvin Grove This campus is situated in the suburb of Kelvin Grove, about two kilometres north of Bisbane's CBD. The #Creative Industries Precinct is part of this campus. The Education, Health and Creative Industries faculties are located at this campus, along with the Justice Studies program and the QUT International College.
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 Communication, Management, Human Resource Management, Environmental Science and Information Technology are also taught at Carseldine, in addition to being taught at Gardens Point
Caboolture Situated in Caboolture, about 45 kilometres north of Brisbane, this campus offers courses in Business (majors in Management and Marketing) and Education (Primary). It also offers the first year units for the Arts, Social Science and Creative Industries degrees. In 2007, the Bachelor of Nursing will be offered at the Caboolture campus.
Gardens Cultural Precinct
QUT's centre for the arts, the Gardens Cultural Precinct, provides a creative focus for the people of Brisbane at one of the city's most historically important sites.
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. 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 Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie. It provides space for QUT productions and visiting performers, and is the only theatre complex in Brisbane's CBD.
The QUT Art Museum houses the university's art collection, focussed 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, and opened to the public in May 2000.
Creative Industries Precinct
QUT's Creative Industries Precinct is an extension to the Kelvin Grove campus, housing the Creative Industries faculty and consisting of a large complex incorporating numerous performance and display spaces, offices, classrooms, workshops, a cafe and more. It also houses Australia's largest billboard (45m x 9m), which advertises events, performances and exhibitions at the Precinct.
It was built at a cost of around $60 million, on the site of the Gona Barracks, which was de-commissioned in 1998. The Precinct is the first part of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village development, a 'residential and retail village'. The development will include over 800 residential units, from low-cost student accomodation to penthouses with city views; retail stores including a supermarket, restaurants and cafes; and QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.