UniSA gets top marks in SA for graduate employment outcomes … again

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The 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey confirmed UniSA as number one in the State for graduate satisfaction; for graduates in full-time employment; and for overall employment for graduates.

UniSA is the number one university in South Australia for graduate employment and graduate satisfaction in the latest graduate outcomes and student experience data from the federal education department.

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UniSA also topped the State for employer satisfaction, with almost 86 per cent of employers polled through the 2018 Employer Satisfaction Survey saying they were satisfied overall with the UniSA graduates they’d employed. This puts UniSA in the top 10 universities Australia-wide for overall employer satisfaction.

The 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey confirmed UniSA as number one in the State for graduate satisfaction; satisfaction with teaching quality; for graduates in full-time employment; and for overall employment for graduates. It also found 87 percent of UniSA graduates were employed four months after graduation.

UniSA graduate Meghan Lynch is now a teacher and Arts Learning Area Coordinator at Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier.UniSA graduate Meghan Lynch is now a teacher and Arts Learning Area Coordinator at Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier.

Both reports are part of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) framework, released earlier this month. QILT provides prospective students information on Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of recent students and graduates; and employers.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the results show that UniSA is supporting students to develop not only their intellectual capacities, but also their ability to make their way in rapidly changing work environments.

“We put great emphasis on providing our students with experiential learning opportunities so that they get an idea, very early on in their degree program, of what will be required in the working world – why it’s important to be able to communicate clearly, why being adaptable and creative in your approach to problems is valued and why being able to work in teams is so vital to success,” Prof Lloyd says.

“The results of these national surveys show that we are succeeding in helping our students develop and become confident, knowledgeable, capable professionals, engaged with the wider world and ready to create and respond to change.

“One of the ambitions of our new strategic plan, Enterprise25, is for UniSA to be ranked among the very highest nationally for student satisfaction and graduate employment rates. There is more we can (and will) do, but the 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey shows that we are on the way to achieving that ambition.

“We’re grateful to the many industry partners that collaborate with us to provide internships for our students, inform our curriculum, and ensure our graduates are ready to move into their chosen careers.

“Our industry-informed teaching ensures we are best placed to give our students the valuable professional experience they need in addition to their academic qualification.”

Results from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-18 ranked UniSA number one in South Australia for overall satisfaction in the following subject areas (undergraduate):

  • Architecture and built environment

  • Business and management

  • Communications

  • Creative arts

  • Health services and support

  • Humanities culture and social sciences

  • Law and paralegal studies (equal with Flinders)

  • Social work

In addition, UniSA was ranked number one in South Australia for overall graduate employment in the following subject areas (undergraduate):

  • Architecture and built environment

  • Business and management

  • Communications

  • Health services and support

  • Nursing

  • Psychology

  • Rehabilitation

  • Social work

  • Teacher education

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan says graduates are putting their skills and training to good use in the workplace.

“In this country, if you have a go, you get a go and those Australians making the commitment to improve themselves, and improve their job prospects, through higher education should be congratulated,” he says.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching are funded by the federal Department of Education and Training.

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