The University of Queensland (UQ)


For more than a century, The University of Queensland (UQ)’s exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships have delivered knowledge leadership for a better world.

Across UQ’s three campuses, our 7,200 staff and 54,925 students – including almost 20,000 postgraduates and approximately 20,000 international students from 142 countries – teach, research and study.

With a strong focus on teaching excellence, UQ is Australia’s most awarded university for teaching* and attracts the majority of Queensland’s high achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

UQ’s 280,000 graduates are an engaged network of global alumni who span more than 170 countries and include more than 15,400 PhDs.

UQ consistently ranks among the world’s top universities as measured by several key independent rankings, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking (31)**, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (39), U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (42), QS World University Rankings (46), Academic Ranking of World Universities (54), and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (62).

With a 2019 operating revenue of AU$2.19 billion, including more than $452 million in research investment, UQ’s six faculties and eight globally recognised research institutes cover a remarkable breadth of teaching and research.

In recognition of our research quality, UQ was acknowledged in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia initiative for above-world-standard research in 93 specialised fields – more than any other Australian university.

Through UniQuest, UQ’s technology transfer and commercialisation company, UQ is also Australia’s leading university for commercialisation revenue, number of active startup companies and value of equity held in startup companies formed from university intellectual property. 

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, and one of only three Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium: the world’s leading not-for-profit consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

* UQ has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.
** This ranking is measured by the Impact indicator P, P (top 10 per cent), and PP (top 10 per cent) with fractional counting.

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Queensland (UQ) published between 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
497 161.14

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 260 68.35
Physical Sciences 82 25.73
Earth & Environmental Sciences 130 51.80
Chemistry 90 29.14

Highlight of the month

Overcoming quantum noise with quantum correlations

© Monty Rakusen/Image Source/Getty Images

© Monty Rakusen/Image Source/Getty Images

Exploiting a quantum effect has allowed physicists to boost the signals of a bioimaging technique without resorting to using cell-damaging light levels.

Light microscopy allows scientists to uncover the secrets of living cells. However, a fundamental limitation on image quality is the fact that light consists of individual photons, which introduces noise into images and spectra. This noise can be reduced by turning up the light intensity, but high intensities can damage biological systems.

Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Queensland has found a way around this problem by using quantum correlations between photons to extract more information.

Using this method, the team demonstrated a 35% improvement in the signal relative to the noise, allowing them to obtain images of biological structures that could not normally be resolved. They anticipate that this will lead to order-of-magnitude improvements in the signal-to-noise ratio and imaging speed.

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  1. Nature 594, 201–206 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03528-w

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People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 34.63% Domestic
  • 65.37% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

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