I want to share some good news with you all.
We have achieved five-star ratings in the areas of employment and salaries for our graduates in the latest 2017 Good Universities Guide which came out yesterday. With an 84 percent graduate employability rate USQ was equal first in Australia with Charles Sturt University and we topped all other universities in Queensland for graduates in full time employment.
We also achieved five-star ratings for the important areas of student support and, for the second year in a row, social equity.
I welcome this news and am proud of these results. It is a credit to everyone involved with USQ – our students, our staff and our communities. We are still a relatively young university but we are punching well above our weight.
The social equity results are proof of the university’s focus on ensuring everyone has access to quality education, no matter where they live and what their background is. These results cap off an excellent 12 months for the university.
Last year we also made it into the global rankings for the first time according to the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research (ERA) data collection findings. USQ rated well above world standard according to the ERA results, with a perfect score of five, in three areas – environmental science and management, materials engineering and pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences.
These results are a credit to the university and to you, the people, who work really hard to make it happen. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do, to make these results a reality.
Professor Jan Thomas
Vice-Chancellor & President