CQUni maintains 5-star status, boosts teaching quality in national university rankings
Published on 18 Aug, 2011Media Contact: Chris Veraa: 0419 392 303, OR Marc Barnbaum: 0409 196 039,
CQUniversity has leapt into the top three universities in Queensland - and the top 14 nationally - for ‘teaching quality', with an improved four-star rating in the latest Good Universities Guide.
The outstanding rating - one of a number of four- and five-star ratings for the University in the Guide - is a vote of confidence in CQUniversity's ability to attract and retain top academic talent nationally, according to Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Scott Bowman.
"CQUniversity is one of the most dynamic universities in Australia and this has seen us make some serious headway in the Good Universities Guide ratings in recent years," Professor Bowman said.
"Teaching quality is a case in point - last year we received three stars, which is still a great result, but to jump ahead by another 20 per cent this year is just phenomenal.
"Four stars means that CQUniversity graduates rated our teaching quality higher than at 60 per cent of universities in Australia.
"I believe CQUniversity will continue to build on this excellent momentum next year and gain even more plaudits for quality learning and teaching outcomes."
Elsewhere in the Good Universities Guide for 2012, CQUniversity has attracted a total of seven five-star ratings - up from six in the 2011 edition.
Building on last year's success, the University has maintained its five-star status in the crucial areas of ‘graduate starting salary' and ‘non-government earnings' in the annual Guide.
"We were delighted last year to gain five-star status for our graduate starting salaries, and it is great to see that trend continue this year," Professor Bowman said.
"This rating places us in the top 20 per cent of universities nationally for domestic students in their first full-time job, and is testament to the depth and breadth of our degree offerings and their ability to turn out top-quality graduates.
"However, the ‘power of place' remains a crucial factor, and CQUniversity - situated in the resource and agricultural heartland of Queensland - offers real opportunities for graduates to capitalise on the growth industries seeking skilled professionals right here in our own backyard."
The University's strong social charter is also evident in this year's Guide, with five-star ratings in ‘gender balance', ‘access by equity groups', ‘Indigenous participation' and ‘cultural diversity'.
"CQUniversity prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive place to study, in line with our aim of being Australia's most engaged university by 2020," Professor Bowman said. 2 of 2
"Our high rates of participation among Indigenous people and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, as well as our great balance of male and female students, are among our proudest achievements as a university."
The Good Universities Guide 2012 ( http://www.gooduniguide.com.au ) will be published this week.
CQUniversity is one of Australia's fastest growing universities, with campuses in Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Emerald and Noosa, and metropolitan campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.