Published on 9 September 2012
9 September 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast has been awarded top marks by the 2013 Good Universities Guide for the educational experience it provides students.
This annual independent guide, published by Hobsons, gave USC five stars for teaching quality, overall graduate satisfaction, and graduates’ satisfaction with the generic skills they gained while at university.
It also awarded the University five stars for gender balance and Indigenous participation.
The Good Universities Guide bases its star ratings on data from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Graduate Careers Australia’s Course Experience Questionnaire and other sources.
USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann said the University was proud of its continued success as a five-star achiever, especially in the areas of teaching quality and graduate satisfaction.
“We have been the highest-ranked public university in Queensland for quite a few years now in these key areas of educational experience,” she said.
“This highlights that the efforts of our academics and support staff in assisting students have not gone unnoticed, and that our students relish their time here.”
Professor Lohmann said USC had been working hard to improve in other areas like research grants and graduates’ employment outcomes, which jumped from one star to two in this year’s guide.
“The University is in close contact with industries across the region to determine which study programs can help provide much-needed graduates,” she said.
“We celebrated our first graduates in Civil Engineering and Occupational Therapy in April this year and, by all reports, most quickly gained jobs.
“We also now have higher numbers of graduates from our other professional programs like Nursing Science, Psychology and Paramedic Science.”
— Terry Walsh