QTCreator LINUX: How do I compile and release the project into an EXE?

I know this is likely a really basic question, but how to I compile my finished QTCreator project into an EXE file that can be used on a different computer that does not have QTCreator installed?

I’m using a Linux VM that my university provided.

Hey, that is possible, but not cross-platform. (not that I’m aware of, except the raspberry-pi-cross compiling guide)
Generally, we compile a binary on the same platform that you need the binary for, so compile with Linux for a Linux binary and on Windows for the Windows binary (EXE). Using a VM to compile is possible too, I guess. You can use the available IDE of your choice on each platform, the produced binary will be (almost) identical.