The University of Queensland is one of Australia’s top research-intensive universities.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is consistently awarded the maximum five-star rating for research grants and research intensity in the Good Universities Guide, with the University’s reputation for research excellence underpinned by its 51st global ranking in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the most influential global university ranking.

In 2021, UQ again topped the nation in the prestigious Nature Index, which rates institutions and countries according to the number and quality of research publications.

UQ continually builds on its global reputation in key areas of national and international significance such as energy, sustainability, water, health, food security and social equity through an emphasis on high-quality, interdisciplinary global collaboration with public and private organisations.

UQ's research addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges.

UQ research has impact

Through our five research impact themes, UQ connects people and capabilities from across the university to develop solutions to major global challenges.

Building Better Bioeconomies

By building more environmentally sustainable, economically viable and community-supported biological production systems, UQ research is delivering bioeconomic impacts through partnerships with industry, government and the community.

Achieving Resilient Environments and Livelihoods

Combating ecosystem change is essential to secure our environment and promote inclusive and sustainable livelihoods. Through changing technologies, economies and behaviours, UQ research is building a more sustainable future.

Designing Technology for Tomorrow

Secure systems, clean energy and advanced manufacturing all require technology innovation. UQ experts are partnering with industry leaders to design technology solutions for tomorrow.

Transforming Societies

A peaceful and inclusive future demands justice and equality for all. Most of all, it requires us to give all children a great start through quality education and an end to poverty. UQ researchers are driving social change and informing policy agendas that support future generations.

Leading Healthy Lives

Health and safety are fundamental rights. UQ’s medical and allied health research is developing solutions to promote wellbeing for us all, at all ages across the globe.

Impact at UQ

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