Top grades have been given to the University of Southern Queensland by its international students, as reported in the latest independent student report card.
The results for students on all USQ campuses, released in the independent i-graduate international Student Barometer Survey 2012, gave USQ star billing in all four assessment categories: learning, living, support and arrival – including orientation and welcome programs for new students.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said the national survey included international students from 36 Australian universities, providing a valuable measure of USQ’s competitive performance.
“The results from the International Student Barometer show we are in the top band for Australia,” Prof Thomas said. “Students enjoy USQs small classroom size, the quality of teaching and courses that prepare them for employment.”
“We are very proud of these results which show that USQ takes the time and effort to really understand the needs of its international students, and takes steps to address these needs.”
The i-graduate Student Barometer is the largest annual world-wide student experience study, surveying 198, 772 international students from 242 institutions in 16 countries.
A snapshot of the i-graduate survey, which took place between April and June 2012, showed:
• International students rated their learning experience very high, with factors including class sizes, course content, quality of teachers and careers advice driving this strong response to USQ
• USQ scored well for high employability – consistent with findings reported in this year’s Good Universities Guide
• In the living category, USQ performed highly on student satisfaction for accommodation cost, living cost and earning money while studying.
• Students indicated a high level of satisfaction in areas including student support, health services and counselling.
Prof Thomas said the survey showed that USQ is a great place to study due to its small class sizes and excellent learning support systems.
“The top five factors influencing international students to study on-campus with USQ are personal safety, teaching quality, cost of living, qualification reputation and research quality,” she said.
“We rated highly in each of these categories and this year even more students – up from 72% to 80% - were willing to recommend USQ to their friends because of their positive student experience.”
Prof Thomas said the i-graduate Student Barometer showed that achieving high student satisfaction was part of the university’s culture. “We continue to provide a memorable student experience. What this survey shows is that USQ not only listened to past feedback but that we put students’ comments into action.”
“”For two years in a row our students have ranked us highly in the categories of learning, living, support and arrival.”
“Our USQ graduates will remember us most for their learning experience: the quality of our teaching, our course content, class sizes, the quality of our lectures and the teachers themselves.”
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