Canberra universities provide students with strong job prospects and better starting salaries, according to new analysis.
The Good Universities Guide ranked the Australian National University and the University of Canberra slightly above the national average for starting salary and full-time employment.
ANU and University of Canberra graduates earned an average starting salary of $58,800 and $58,000 respectively, above the national average of $56,000. Overall, 70 per cent of graduates found full-time employment within four months of graduation.
Both ACT universities were ranked higher than Group of Eight universities University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne and the University of Adelaide.
The ANU received five stars for student demand, staff qualifications, student-staff ratio and student retention, meaning it ranked among the top 20 per cent.
The university also received five stars across four fields of study for full-time employment, including computing and information systems, medicine, psychology, and science and mathematics.
It had the nation’s highest-qualified academic staff with 95 per cent of employees masters or PhD-qualified.
The University of Canberra was recognised as ranking well in starting salaries, achieving five stars in five fields.
Seven fields of study – communications, computing and information systems, creative arts, health services and support, nursing, psychology and rehabilitation – received five stars on measures ranging from teaching quality to starting salary.
Good Education Group’s data and analytics head Ross White said the ACT had emerged as “a bed of entrepreneurial activity”.
“There has been significant investment in technology for the future of work, which is driving the state’s start-up boom,” he said.
This article originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald – Australian National University, University of Canberra graduates earn more