Queensland regional universities ahead of metro peers for employment outcomes

Queensland’s regional universities are outperforming their metro peers when it comes to securing graduate jobs, according to The Good Universities Guide 2017, released today by the Good Education Media.

The University of Southern Queensland, CQUniversity Australia and James Cook University all received five-star ratings for ‘overall employment’, placing them above their metropolitan counterparts.

This regional trend continues in the ‘overall salary’ category, with CQUniversity and the University of Southern Queensland both achieving a median graduate salary of $60,000. These results place them in the top 20 per cent nationally.

The University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University, James Cook University and the University of Southern Queensland were also represented in the five-star range, in categories such as ‘learner engagement’, ‘teaching quality’ and ‘student support’.

At a field of study level, James Cook University had the highest median graduate salary for dentistry nationally, at $92,000, while the University of Southern Queensland topped business and management for full-time employment (87 per cent).

Among Brisbane-based universities, Queensland University of Technology achieved five stars for ‘skills development’, ‘learning resources’ and ‘staff qualifications’, as well as the highest employment rate for teacher education (89 per cent). The University of Queensland received a five-star rating for ‘student demand’ and ‘staff qualifications’.

Bond University on the Gold Coast was a stand-out in the educational experience measures, ranking number one nationally for ‘learner engagement’, ‘learning resources’, ‘teaching quality’ and ‘overall quality of educational experience’.

Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said he was extremely pleased to see the university had retained its leading position underpinned by outstanding ratings for student experience for the 11th consecutive year in The Good Universities Guide 2017.

“At Bond, our students come first, second and third. This year’s results are evidence of continued commitment to Bond University’s student-led strategy and absolute resolve to providing a world-class educational and personal experience for all of our students. Bond’s unique position as the country’s leading private, non-profit and independent university is reinforced through its small class sizes, personalised approach to student learning, focus on graduate outcomes and community experience.”

Chris Lester, Chief Executive Officer of the Good Education Media, said that results for Queensland regional universities are outstanding, but the Guide indicates that measures of graduate employment outcomes are complex.

“Employment outcomes for Queensland’s regional universities are outstanding, but close inspection reveals that these universities are often characterised by a high proportion of non-school leaver students, such as mature-age students. Many students at these universities will also study part-time and/or off campus. Compared to a more traditional student, who commences university directly from high school and studies full time and on campus, students attending Queensland’s regional universities may have very different experiences in the employment market.”

The Good Universities Guide 2017 provides the only independent five-star performance ratings of Australian undergraduate courses and their providers.

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Top performers

GUG17 QLD ratings table

Note: Universities are awarded five stars if they fall within the top 20 per cent of all universities


About the ratings

Quality of educational experience

This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience.

Overall employment

This rating compares the employment rates of graduates from different universities. It looks at the proportion of graduates who were employed full time four months after completing their course. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.

Overall salary

This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.


About The Good Universities Guide

Australia’s most trusted resource on higher education, The Good Universities Guide allows students to compare all undergraduate degrees and institutions against one another based on relevant criteria. Visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au for more information.

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