Western Australian universities are serving graduates well by delivering them into some of the highest paid jobs in the country, according to The Good Universities Guide 2016, released today.
The University of Notre Dame Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia all received five-star ratings for ‘Graduate Starting Salary’, giving Western Australia claim to being home to the highest paid graduates in Australia.
Education Data Manager, Ross White, said graduate starting salary is a key factor when considering university choices and something that Western Australia could market itself on to students in other states.
“In Western Australia just 12 per cent of students are from interstate, yet data from The Good Universities Guide 2016 shows this number could grow if more interstate students prioritised graduate outcomes over location,” said Mr White. “We know that starting salary is becoming increasingly important to students considering their university options and this is an area that Western Australia could really capitalise on.”
“Australians are known for their love of travel, but we tend to stay put when it comes to university education” he added. “These results show that students need to consider what’s important to them and put in the time to find a university that will deliver what they are seeking from a degree, even if it means leaving home.”
A key stand out in Western Australia is The University of Notre Dame Australia, which received five-star ratings for ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Generic Skills’, ‘Overall Satisfaction’, ‘Getting a Full-time Job’ and ‘Graduate Starting Salary’, putting the university among the top performers in Australia.
“We are delighted that our graduates continue to value their Notre Dame experience so highly and that their outcomes post-University are so positive,” Professor Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, said.
“Students are at the heart of Notre Dame. We recognise and value the uniqueness of each and every student and we seek to provide an environment in which every student is encouraged and enabled to reach their potential.”
Editor of The Good Universities Guide, Joanna Schwarz said the Guide is designed to help students consider all their options when beginning the process of researching potential universities.
“Our advice is to consider your needs, interests and skill set, then explore the full range of education providers, research course availability and entry requirements, and investigate facilities and services.” The crucial next step, Ms Schwarz adds, is to critically evaluate all the information before making a final study decision”.
The Good Universities Guide provides the only independent five-star performance ratings of Australian undergraduate courses and their providers.
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