Queensland University of Technology

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Queensland University of Technology (or QUT) is an Australia university, with its central campus located in the CBD of Brisbane. QUT's operations include teaching and research. As of 2003, it had 39 978 students enrolled.

History

QUT's history can be traced back to 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.

QUT was the first university in Australia to form a Faculty of Information Technology. In 2001, QUT was the first university in the world to introduce a Creative Industries Faculty.

Local Rivalry

Rivalry exist's between QUT and the Queensland's oldest university, the University of Queensland (UQ). UQ is the largest university in Queensland (by total enrolments), where QUT is the second-largest.

Proponents of UQ, a "sandstone university", often argue that it carries more prestige than QUT. Such comparisons are not necessarily valid, however, because the offerings of the two institutes vary greatly. For example, in comparison to QUT, UQ offers only a small number of theoretical subjects in the fields of visual and fine arts. Conversely, QUT offers less in the scientific disciplines. While UQ is a member of the Group of Eight, QUT belongs to the Australian Technology Network. UQ is percieved as offering courses of a more theoretical nature.

Publicity

QUT's current publicity campaign features the slogan "A university for the real world". Its TV ads feature past students and their current employment.

Campuses

QUT has three main campuses, located at

  • Gardens Point — located in the central business district, between the botanic gardens and the Brisbane River.
  • Kelvin Grove - including the new Creative Industries Precinct (http://www.ciprecinct.com.au/), which boasts two university performance spaces (The Loft and The Block) as well as fashion, film and visual arts studios. The Precinct is also home to the La Boite Theatre Company and other businesses.
  • Carseldine.

There is also a minor campus located at Caboolture, north of Brisbane.

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