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.
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
The wall comes down, Friday 20 November 1998 at 10.00am.
Demolition day. The Sunshine Coast University College wall is bulldozed the day after the University of the Sunshine Coast achieves full university status (19 November 1998)
Queensland Education Minister Pat Comben and Chancellor Ian Kennedy AO at the 100-hecture university site.
Aerial view 1995
Aerial view 2010
Fields overlooking the Health and Sport Centre 2009
Cafe La Tin
Professor Paul Thomas and USC staff at Cafe La Tin
Friday afternoons in "The Shed" (1996)
The first University Council
The first Graduation ceremony 13 April 1999
Olympic athletes train at the USC athletics track (2000)
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USC is a major teaching and research partner of the new $1.8 billion public university hospital.
USC graduate Georgia Keeshan is a Coastal Engineer with the Sunshine Coast Council, contributing to the sustainable growth of the region she loves.
Judy Jakeman tells the story of the first enrolment at USC
I always wanted to get a degree, and I wanted to support Shari through hers