30 years of QUT

30 years of QUT

What does the real world look like, what does it seek and what will it need?

These core challenges are even more relevant today – as QUT celebrates its 30th anniversary – than they were when the university formed in 1989.

Formerly known as the Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT), QUT officially because a university in January 1989 after the State Government passed the Queensland University of Technology Act.

QIT already had a proud history of outstanding career education and industry linkage, but as QUT it was able to broaden its expertise and become a university for the real world.

Now one of Australia’s fastest-growing research universities, QUT has built world-class learning, teaching and research facilities in a $650 million development program over the last 15 years.

More than 40,000 students study here each year, with QUT Alumni welcoming more than 200,000 uni graduates in the past 30 years.

QUT – and the world today – is a very different place to 1989 (when students had a Nokia 8210 in their pocket, assignments were typed in WordPerfect, and a start-up called Google had just been launched).

Campuses and courses have changed, along with how students learn.

The university has grown in infrastructure and reputation, and our alumni are changing the world.

Highlights of QUT’s first 30 years include being named Australian University of the Year in 1993, and making the global top 20 in the Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s best universities under 50 years old.

Australia’s first Creative Industries Faculty was established in 2000 in pre-emptive recognition of this thriving sector, followed by the award-winning Creative Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove in 2004 (Stage 1) and 2016 (Stage 2).

QUT is now home to two world-class research centres – the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (2006) and the Institute for Future Environments (2011).

The university has two of the world’s largest digital interactive learning spaces – The Cube (2013) at the $200 million Science and Engineering Centre at Gardens Point and The Sphere (2019) at the new $94 million Education Precinct at Kelvin Grove. They inspire and engage the next generation and provide spectacular data visualisation resources for students and staff.

Improving access to outstanding education is a QUT priority and in 1998 the university created the Learning Potential Fund.

Supported by QUT Alumni, this fund is the largest equity scholarship program of its kind in Australia and has distributed over 25,000 scholarships and bursaries to low-income students.

As a true university for the real world, QUT courses have an emphasis on digital solutions and flexible learning options to make study available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Students who study on campus can access course material online and immerse themselves in work integrated learning.  And in 2018 the university launched QUT Online to provide a suite of postgraduate courses that are studied completely online.

Moving forward in 2019, QUT will soon release its Blueprint 6, setting out the university’s vision for the coming years under the stewardship of Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Sheil.

The challenge of creating graduates and research to better a changing world is one that QUT enthusiastically accepts and thrives on, thanks to its outstanding community of students, teachers, researchers, professional staff and alumni.

QUT facts:

  • 50,000 students, including 9000 international
  • 5000 staff
  • More than 200,000 QUT graduates in the past 30 years
  • Six faculties: Health, Law, Education, Creative Industries, Business, and Science & Engineering
  • Two major research institutes: the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and Institute for Future Environments
  • Two campuses: Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove
  • Two major precincts: Creative Industries Precinct and the Science & Engineering Centre
  • Predecessor institutions: Brisbane School of Arts (established 1849), Kedron Park and Kelvin Grove teachers colleges (1961), Brisbane Kindergarten Training College (1911), QIT (1965), and Brisbane College of Advanced Education (1982)

How our campuses have changed

1989 – QIT becomes QUT
1990 – QUT merges with Brisbane College of Advanced Education
1992 S Block opens at Gardens Point
1992 N Block opens at Kelvin Grove
1993 B Block opens at Kelvin Grove
1996 Z Block at Gardens Point becomes as the brand new home of the Faculty of Business
1999 Gardens Theatre opens
2000 – QUT Art Museum opens
2001 The Goodwill Bridge opens, linking QUT with South Brisbane
2002 The QUT Caboolture campus opens