University of the Sunshine Coast, Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC QLD 4558 AUSTRALIA +61 7 5430 2890
  • Academic staff 600 (excluding casual staff, as at 31 March 2011)
  • Campus Urban
  • Chancellor John Dobson OAM
  • Established 1994
  • Location Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Students 8,139 (includes international and non-award students, as of Semester 1 2012)
  • Type Public
  • Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill
  • Vice principal
The University of the Sunshine Coast is a public university based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Having opened in 1996 as the Sunshine Coast University College with 524 students, the institution was renamed the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999. As at Semester 1 2012 the student body was ~8,100. Located approximately 100 km north of the state capital, Brisbane, the campus is a 100 hectare flora and fauna reserve, adjoining the Mooloolah River National Park.
Unedergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and higher degree by research) programs are offered in both faculties (Arts and Business; Science, Health, Education and Engineering), with the majority of the university's research focussed in two main areas, sustainability and regional engagement. The university also offers dual degree programs in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE. Study areas are divided into six disciplines, these being Business and Information Technology, Communication and Design, Education, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Engineering.
The main University of the Sunshine Coast campus is located at Sippy Downs in Queensland, Australia. The university also has teaching facilities in Noosa, and operates an education and research facility at Dilli Village on Fraser Island. The Sippy Downs campus is approximately 100 km north of Brisbane, the state capital. The campus is a 100-hectare flora and fauna reserve, and borders the Mooloolah River National Park.The Sippy Downs site was a former sugar cane farm, located at the geographical heart of the Sunshine Coast and its shires, in close proximity to the Bruce Highway and other major transport routes.