UQ is a sandstone university, which is well regarded and is consistently ranked within the top 1 percent worldwide along with other prestigious research universities across all international universities rankings — the QS World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, University Ranking by Academic Performance and the U.S. News & World Report. UQ Business School's flagship MBA program is also ranked first in Australia and the Asia Pacific by The Australian Financial Review and The Economist.The University of Queensland has produced numerous alumni with significant contributions to science, arts, medicine, education, business, politics and law in Australia and throughout the world. Several notable examples include the Nobel Laureate winning scientist Dr Peter Doherty, Oscar-winning artist Geoffrey Rush, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia Sir Gerard Brennan, Chancellor of University of California, San Francisco - Dr Sam Hawgood, Principal and President of King's College London - Dr Edward Byrne, CEO of Dow Chemical the second-largest chemical manufacturer in the world by revenue - Andrew N. Liveris, former Governor-General of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce, former Singapore's Minister for Defence, Minister for Manpower, present Chairman of Keppel Corporation and Singapore Press Holdings - Dr Lee Boon Yang, consecutive Olympics gold medal winner David Theile and global top three most cited academic and world-renowned clinician Dr Graham Colditz.
The Senate is the governing body of the University of Queensland and consists of 22 members from the university and community. The Senate is led by the Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor, elected by the Senate. The University of Queensland Act 1998 grants Senate wide powers to appoint staff, manage and control University affairs and property, and manage and control finances to promote the University's interests.The Vice-Chancellor is the University's chief executive officer and is appointed by and responsible to the Senate for the overall direction of strategic planning, finance and affairs of the university and also acts as the President of the University. The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an Executive to whom the University's organisational units report and provides advice on policy and administrative matters relating to their area of responsibility.
The Ipswich campus opened in 1999 and was made up of nearly 20 buildings and more than 5001 students on nearly 25 hectares Courses offered included: arts, business, medicine and social sciences as well as Interaction design. It is located near central Ipswich, Queensland, just south of the CBD. Nearby landmarks include Limestone Park, Workshops Rail Museum and RAAF Base Amberley.The site dates back to 1878 with the opening of the Ipswich branch of the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum. Operations continued until 1910 when it became the Ipswich Hospital for the Insane.In 1938 it was renamed the Ipswich Mental Hospital and in 1964 it was renamed again as the Ipswich Special Hospital. It was finally named the Challinor Centre in 1968 in honour of Dr. Henry Challinor, the ship's surgeon on the Fortitude. From 1968 to 1997 the Challinor Centre served as an institution for people with intellectual disabilities. In late 1997 the Challinor Centre began its first stage of transformation as the new UQ Ipswich campus. In 2014, UQ sold the Ipswich Campus to the University of Southern Queensland, believing that this regional teaching campus would be better utilised by USQ.