UNE maintains top ‘graduate satisfaction’ rating

Published 05 August 2008

bool.jpgThe University  of New England has maintained its unequalled record in the annual Good Universities Guide for the high rating that its graduates give to their educational experience.

The 2009 Guide, to be published later this month, awards UNE its maximum rating – “five stars” – for “overall graduate satisfaction”. UNE has received the Guide‘s top rating in this regard for nine of the ten years from 2000 to 2009 – a record unmatched by any other university. The ratings are based on comprehensive surveys of graduates conducted independently by Graduate Careers Australia.

Hobsons Australia Pty Ltd, the publisher of The Good Universities Guide, has released information revealing that UNE has out-performed the other four regional universities in NSW in the number of “five-star” ratings it has achieved in the 2009 Guide. UNE’s maximum ratings are for “overall graduate satisfaction”, “teaching quality”, “access by equity groups”, “Indigenous participation”, and “entry flexibility”.

UNE was the only regional university in NSW to be awarded five stars for “teaching quality”.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Pettigrew, said UNE’s outstanding record in the Guide for graduate satisfaction “sets the University apart”, mentioning the student-centred focus of its academic staff, the unique “living and learning” environment of its residential colleges, and the flexible delivery of its degree programs as contributing factors. He said that UNE’s continuing achievement of top rating for “teaching quality” in the Guide reflected the University’s established reputation in this regard.

“We don’t, however, take these results for granted,” he added. “We take great care in working to improve all the time.”

In a message to all staff members, Professor Pettigrew said: “Congratulations and thanks to every one of you for all your hard work in your particular areas; everything you do contributes to making UNE a truly ‘five-star’ university.”