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USQ received a top ranking for graduate starting salaries. Pictured Paramedicine students Jarrod Walker and Ashley Webber.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) graduates have the highest starting salary in the country according to the 2018 Good Universities Guide.

The guide, which uses Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) data, found the median salary for USQ graduates was $61,000, the highest in Australia.

It also revealed 82.5 per cent of USQ graduates found full-time employment within four months of finishing their course, well above the national average of 69.5 per cent.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla said the University’s high graduate employment rate came down to a focus on courses and a high level of students who worked part-time during their studies.

“A lot of our offerings are around the professions and many of our students are already in part-time work,” she said.

“That combination means they get more out of their education, finish with high employability skills and often have already gained employment.

“We partner with industry to design and develop world-class and practical programs to develop graduates who are both workplace ready and future proofed.”

The guide criteria is broken down into quality of educational experience, overall employment rates of graduates and the median salary of graduates from different universities across Australia.

USQ was awarded a five-star rating in the areas of Starting Salary, Full-Time Employment and Social Equity.

Engineering led the way with the highest percentage for the full-time employment measure.

Another highlight was in the field of Psychology where USQ excelled with five-star results in six measures including both Starting Salary and Full-Time Employment.

Professor Verbyla said she was proud of staff and students for making this top ranking a reality.

“We are very proud of these results and it is a credit to everyone involved with USQ,” she said.

“USQ is highly regarded for its student experience and celebrated for its successful graduate outcomes.”