- Charles Sturt graduates have highest full-time graduate employment
- They also enjoy one of the highest average starting salaries
- The result reflects Charles Sturt’s aim to strive to ensure it develops graduates with the right skills and attributes to thrive in their chosen career
Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) has been ranked the top Australian tertiary institution for undergraduate full-time employment after graduation for the fourth consecutive year.
The results are contained in the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) October 2019 short-term outcomes national report.
Graduates of Charles Sturt enjoyed 86.4 per cent full-time employment, compared to the all-Australian universities average of 72.5 per cent full-time employment.
Charles Sturt graduates also enjoyed one of the highest average starting salaries, $67,100 compared to the all-Australian universities average of $62,600.
Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (pictured) said, “I’m very pleased to see that Charles Sturt University has topped the survey’s ‘graduate employment’ category for the fourth year in a row.
“This is great news for our students, our graduates, and for our regional communities.
“The result goes to the heart of Charles Sturt University’s mission, to provide highly employable professionals for our regions and the world.”
The 2019 GOS was primarily conducted as a national online survey among 109 higher education institutions including all 41 Table A and B universities and 68 Non-University Higher Education Institutions (NUHEIs).
A total of 132,178 valid survey responses were collected across all study levels, representing a response rate of 44.2 per cent, which is an increase from 43 per cent in 2018.
Professor Vann said, “Charles Sturt University aims to provide a high-quality flexible learning experience that fits our students’ lives and aspirations, and we strive to ensure we develop graduates with the right skills and attributes to thrive in their chosen career.
“The results are a testament to the close relationships the University has with industry in the ongoing development and delivery of its degree courses.
“We work hard to develop industry-relevant courses to really enhance students’ employment outcomes for a meaningful career, and survey results like this show the outcome of our commitment to our students.
“The survey results validate the University’s strategy which focuses on developing students who graduate with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional networks for a meaningful life and successful career.
“It is a credit to the University’s staff, who ensure we deliver high levels of learner engagement and support for students, and to our industry partners, who provide our students with practical, real-life experiences.“I’m proud that Charles Sturt University continues to lead in graduate outcomes, in a continually changing higher education environment.”