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We value students

We value our students and their career goals. We offer smaller classes taught by academics and industry professionals who are committed to our students achieving success.

The majority of our students have the chance to undertake internships, practicums or overseas study. Our graduates are career ready, with a broad knowledge base and industry experience.

We offer study in accounting, business, counselling, creative industries, design, journalism, languages, law, marketing, psychology, social work, regional and urban planning, tourism and many other areas.

We value research

Our academics are using their evidence-based research to solve real-life, local and international problems.

From developing sustainable farming and exporting for South Pacific communities, to reducing the number of road deaths with safer rail-level crossings, our research is innovative, applied and diverse.

We research traditional areas such as psychology, marketing and accounting alongside a broad range of emerging areas including accident research, climate change, coastal management, entrepreneurship, interactive gaming, and sustainability.

Refer to the full list of research areas to find out more about faculty research.

We value engagement with community and industry

Engagement is at the core of our teaching. Our programs are up-to-date with industry trends and our graduates have the skills employers are looking for.

We achieve this through our Industry Advisory Groups, through liaising with the hundreds of businesses, government agencies and community groups who host our interns, and through many academics maintaining employment or consultancies in their respective industries.

Engagement informs our research, as we engage with industry, community and government to solve their real-life issues.

Our academics are monitoring the health of coral reefs around the Pacific with dives in Indonesia, Fiji and Lady Elliot Island; they are running community consultation meetings for proposed housing developments on the Sunshine Coast; they are providing free mental health support to the community through our on-campus Psychology Clinic and many are giving talks in schools to inspire students about tertiary education.

We value innovation and sustainability

Innovation and sustainability are at the forefront of our values. Academics at our Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) are pioneering diverse projects around the world, from working with the Cambodian Government to develop sustainable tourism practices to helping the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic adapt to climate change through the SRC’s Indigenous Studies Research Theme.

The Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC), is focused on issues as they relate to the forestry value chain, thus the economic and environmental sustainability of forest industries. FIRC researchers are conducting world class research with collaborating industry, national and international partners across four discipline areas: forest resource improvement and establishment; forest and health management; processing and utilisation and harvest and haulage.

The geographic focus of the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre (TFAP) is the management of forests in tropical and subtropical regions, mostly in the Asia–Pacific region. These forest areas are critical for livelihoods of many millions of people, as well as providing critical environmental goods and services such as water, carbon storage and biodiversity.

Researchers with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems are currently addressing the issues impacting safety and productivity within many areas such as transport, workplaces, healthcare, defence, sport and outdoor recreation and urban planning.

Our Engage Research Lab is delving into emerging technologies; developing apps, online games and interactive maps and e-books to solve real-life problems, such as the development of an online game to teach children about sexual abuse prevention.

The Arts Research in Creative Humanities (ARCH) research cluster encompasses the fields of original creative outputs, research into the creative industries and creative works and creative processes such as visual, technology-mediated research, narrative and performance. This association of scholars is connected through their capacity to harness creativity, narrative and cultural enquiry as the central pillars of the group’s research.

The Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU) uses innovative research approaches to reduce risk for young drivers, young pedestrians, and adolescents more generally, such as running a simulator study exploring what Learners actually see when they are driving, and comparing this to what Mum and Dad — their driving supervisor — see through the same car windshield.

Find out more about sustainability at USC.

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