The University of Queensland (UQ)


For more than a century, The University of Queensland (UQ) has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, UQ has a proud history of creating change through research and commercialisation, and our impact extends across the globe.

Our six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 1500 scientists, social scientists and engineers who continue UQ’s tradition of research and innovation leadership.

This is reflected in UQ being the number one recipient of Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowships and Centres of Excellence since the schemes’ inception, and the top ranked Australian university in the Nature Index tables.

UQ is also an undisputed leader in research commercialisation. To date, UQ discoveries have produced US$22 billion in gross product sales, and UQ intellectual property has founded more than 100 startups – a milestone unsurpassed by any other Australian university.

With 6600 staff and 53,600 students – including more than 18,600 postgraduates and approximately 18,000 international students from 134 countries – teaching, researching and studying across our three campuses, UQ is a hub for curious minds who innovate and explore.

Through a strong focus on teaching excellence, UQ has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university and attracts the majority of Queensland’s high achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

Our 268,000 graduates are an engaged network of global alumni spanning more than 170 countries, and include approximately 14,500 PhDs.

UQ is also one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21; a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities; a member of Universities Australia; and one of only three Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the global consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 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
413 113.95

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 86 23.75
Physical Sciences 79 14.68
Life Sciences 202 48.12
Earth & Environmental Sciences 94 35.76

Highlight of the month

A new ancestor for animal life?

© Luis Javier Sandoval/Getty

© Luis Javier Sandoval/Getty

The single-celled ancestor of all animals alive today may have already possessed a stem cell–like ability to transition between different states. This scenario goes against the long-standing view that animals evolved from blobs of simpler cells.

Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia compared gene-expression profiles between sponges — one of the earliest animal groups to evolve — and a closely related single-celled protist called a choanoflagellate.

The structural similarities between one type of sponge cell and choanoflagellates had prompted experts to conclude that animals likely evolved from bundles of these cells that then diversified to acquire complexity.

However, the researchers found little overlap in the gene-activity patterns of those sponge cells and the choanoflagellates. Instead, the gene-expression levels of the protist more closely matched those of another cell type, one that acts like a stem cell for the sponge.

The researchers concluded that these developmentally malleable cells likely gave rise to the first animals.

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  1. Nature 570, 519–522 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1290-4

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 32.5% Domestic
  • 67.5% 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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