CQUniversity is Australia’s leading provider of inclusive educational opportunity, as illustrated by new rankings that put the University at the head of the pack for delivering places to students doing it tough.
The Good Universities Guide (GUG) 2020, due out on Tuesday, has ranked CQUniversity as the best Australian university for ‘social equity’, with 40 per cent of its students coming from low socio-economic or disadvantaged backgrounds. That’s up from 37 per cent last year, and the highest proportion of any Australian university.
CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp said he was thrilled to learn of CQUniversity’s rankings in today’s GUG release, saying the results are a testament to the University’s vision to be Australia’s most accessible, supportive and engaged university.
“CQUniversity has become a beacon for removing participation barriers to world-class training and education, particularly amongst under-represented groups and under-serviced communities, and today’s GUG rankings really honours and cements that vision,” Professor Klomp said.
Today’s rankings release also named CQUniversity as the second-highest ranked university in Australia as a provider for students who are first-in-family, with 40 per cent of CQUniversity students being the first to attend university in their family.
Professor Klomp said the results reflected CQUniversity’s commitment to supporting students at every stage of their study journey.
“We don’t just open CQUniversity’s doors to students who have really diverse backgrounds and learning experiences, we also ensure they have every support available for them to thrive,” Professor Klomp said.
And the results show the students are thriving, even beyond graduation, with CQUniversity graduates at the top of the pile for securing full-time employment and above-average starting salaries.
GUG awarded CQUniversity five stars in both categories, with 80 per cent of all CQUniversity graduates securing full-time employment within a year of graduating, and on average earning $64 600 in their first graduate role - well above the $60 000 national average. That puts CQUniversity in the top three of all Australian universities for graduate employment results overall, and top five for graduate earnings.
For the first time, CQUniversity also got a five-star rating for its student support – with the result based on positive student ratings of support system. The five-star rating puts CQUniversity in the top 20 per cent of all universities nationally.
“It’s great to see our students have given a resounding thumbs up to the student supports we have in place, alongside our great learning and teaching,” Professor Klomp said.
“That supportive environment pays dividends when our students graduate with job-ready skills and real confidence; and as the results show, our graduates continue to be in-demand and are attracting above-average employment and salary.”
Professor Klomp said CQUniversity would continue working towards improving rankings results and outcomes for students.
“We’re actively designing improved student services, curriculum and systems, to ensure best-possible student experience and outcomes.”
CQUniversity has also rated well in two subject areas.
Built Environment has been ranked number one in Australia for full-time employment and median salary for CQUni courses in the architecture and building field, and Oral Health has also been ranked number one in the country for learning resources in the dentistry field.