24 September 2018: University of Canberra graduates are more likely to gain employment and earn higher starting salaries than their peers studying at other tertiary institutions in Canberra.
The University has scored top marks in graduate outcomes in The Good Universities Guide 2019, ranking number one in the ACT for full-time employment (71 per cent) and starting salaries ($60,000).
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini said the results were testament to the University’s commitment to delivering work-ready graduates.
“Seeing our students enter the workforce ready to contribute and make a difference in the world brings me so much joy,” Professor Saini said.
“We are a university for the professions. We are truly invested in channelling tangible, real-world results through innovative teaching, experiential learning and academic research.
“Supporting and enabling our students, helping them gain the necessary skills to build a strong foundation for successful careers and lives – that is what we are singularly committed to at the University of Canberra.”
The University also ranked number one in the ACT for student support (71 per cent), skills development (79 per cent) and learning resources (85 per cent).
“The University is committed to giving students the best experience possible and that means supporting them in and out of the classroom,” Professor Saini said.
“Our award-winning InterFace project is one example of this. InterFace provides students and academics with relevant, real-time feedback on teaching and learning. This has supported our commitment to progressive, effective learning.”
The University received a five-star rating for staff qualifications, which puts it in the national top 20 per cent this year. The rating refers to universities with the highest proportion of PhD-qualified academic staff.
Professor Saini said the University’s 82 per cent rating is testament to its investment in both staff and students.
“At the University of Canberra, our people are our greatest asset,” Professor Saini said.
“Their high-level qualifications are matched by an extraordinary commitment to education and research. It’s so pleasing to see this recognised.”
New to the guide in 2019 is the First Generations category, which looks at the proportion of the student cohort who are first in their family to embark on a bachelor’s degree. The University of Canberra’s rating of 27 per cent is the highest of all tertiary institutions in the ACT.