Queensland universities show their strengths and weaknesses

Regional universities CQUniversity, University of Southern Queensland and James Cook University are the only Queensland universities to be awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment by The Good Universities Guide 2018

Regional students however didn’t rate their universities as favourably for experience as their metro counterparts, suggesting outstanding experience and strong employment outcomes are not necessarily related.

Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland each achieved five stars in at least one measure of student experience, and Gold Coast-based Bond University achieved five stars for all six measures.

The outlier in this divide is regionally-based University of the Sunshine Coast, who achieved five stars in five of the six student experience measures, while being below the national average for the graduate outcomes.

Ross White, Head of Data and Analytics at Good Education Media’s who publishes the Guide, says the employment success of regional students suggests that graduates may benefit from a move away from the traditional metro employment hubs.

“Fewer graduates and a demand for qualified workers in regional areas could be driving the success of graduates from regional universities in an otherwise tough employment market”, says White.

“When it comes to city-based universities, many more students study full-time and on-campus, and this may be a factor in stronger student experience measures.”

The Good Universities Guide is produced by Good Education Media and is available online via the Good Education Bookshop and through selected newsagents. For more information visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

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