The 2013 edition of the Good Universities Guide has rated USQ highly for its broad range of education experiences.
The Good University Guide, an independent publication that ranks universities and private education providers across Australia, rated USQ highly with a four star rating for its students’ generic skills, graduate satisfaction and ability to find a job after their study and gave it the highest possible ranking for its Indigenous participation, gender balance and access by equity groups
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Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said the University’s strong rankings were reflective of the high level of learning support, teaching and course standards and ease of accessibility offered to students.
‘USQ has been a pioneer in higher education to put in place courses and support programs that enable low socio-economic status, regional or remote students, first in family, mature aged and Indigenous students to participate and succeed at university.’
Professor Thomas explained that all USQ students are assigned a Student Relationship Officer (SRO) who is in regular contact with students to assist them throughout their educational journey.
‘The University closely monitors how graduates make the transition to the workforce and try to match graduates’ skills to employer needs.’
The Good University Guide recognised USQ’s strength in distance and online education accessibility with all undergraduate courses able to be completed in online mode.
It showed there is an increasing amount of flexibility in USQ’s courses and more room to complete subjects outside the home.
‘We have also been recognised with a four star rating for developing flexible enrolment pathways for our students, particularly for those coming from TAFE and for the number of international enrolments we attract,’ Professor Thomas said.
‘We now offer a number of new degrees across a range of disciplines including the University’s new double degree programs.’
‘The double degree programs offer students the opportunity of multi-disciplinary study and enhanced employment opportunities.’
Industry-based training and practical projects with local business and community organisations are incorporated into almost every course USQ offers.
Professor Thomas said that to get a four star rating for students getting a job was very pleasing.
‘USQ students get more than an academic qualification; they have real-world experience in the sorts of work that they are required to do. Each component of our courses are built around practical applications where solutions to industry problems feature very much in the everyday teaching of the degree.’
‘Over the years our students have proved time and time again that their qualifications go above and beyond what industry needs and the reputation of degrees are known worldwide for their rigor, practicality and academic excellence.’
Four star ratings in teaching quality and staff qualifications position USQ strongly in the overall educational experience category for students.
Professor Thomas said this was particularly pleasing given that a number of Brisbane universities and other regional campuses had been ranked below USQ.
‘‘I’m particularly delighted the University has been given the highest possible rating for indigenous participation, access by equity groups and gender balance,’ Professor Thomas said.
‘USQ educates people throughout their lives, contributes to changing skills needs in the workplace, and to productivity in regional Australia and nationally.’
Jim Campbell, USQ Media, +617 4631 2977, firstname.lastname@example.org