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University FOR the Sunshine Coast


University for the Sunshine Coast

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s estimated direct and indirect contribution to the region and the state of Queensland from its operations has been $2.38 billion. A groundbreaking economic development strategy being implemented by the region designates the University as one of five major “game-changers” to 2033.

USC staff, students and graduates have spent two decades working to improve the health and wealth of this fast-growing region. The University has always regarded community involvement as a key foundation for excellent teaching, learning, research and innovation. This applies now, more than ever in our history.

USC's first promotional video

A blast from the past. See the Sippy Downs campus as it was in the early years in this advertising from 1999.

Official opening

Major General Peter Arnison, Governor of Queensland, officially opens the University of the Sunshine Coast on 13 April 1999.

VC's opening remarks

Professor Paul Thomas opens proceedings at the official opening on 13 April 1999.

Step back in time - early years photo album

Secure your piece of history 

Visions is a vibrantly written coffee table book that tells the story of USC through the eyes of people who have shaped its past and are now taking the University – and the wider community – into the future.

Available now from the Co-op Bookshop. Purchases may also be made at the store, by phone or by email to The recommended retail price is $24.95.

USC Timeline

See the historical timeline of events that took USC from a greenfield to a thriving campus

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Improving the health and wealth of the region

USC is a major teaching and research partner of the new $1.8 billion public university hospital.

My passion is finding out how and why things work

USC graduate Georgia Keeshan is a Coastal Engineer with the Sunshine Coast Council, contributing to the sustainable growth of the region she loves.

We have a student

Judy Jakeman tells the story of the first enrolment at USC

Keeping it in the family

I always wanted to get a degree, and I wanted to support Shari through hers

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