A private university and a small Catholic institution deliver the best overall experience for students, according to The Good Universities Guide 2018.
Bond University and the University of Notre Dame take the top two positions on the overall experience measure.
Notre Dame vice-chancellor Celia Hammond cites her university’s “commitment to real-world education and a personalised learning environment”.
A clutch of regional universities — including Charles Sturt, Southern Queensland and Charles Darwin — are among the best when it comes to graduates getting a job.
However, the university sector generally is not doing enough to convert quality education into career outcomes, according to the Guide.
“Australian university graduates struggle to secure a job and earn a reasonable salary, with around 30 per cent of graduates without full-time employment within four months of graduation,” says Chris Lester, chief executive of the company that publishes The Good Universities Guide.
“There were exceptions at a field of study level, with a general trend of healthcare sectors preforming well”, he says.
Medicine, dentistry and pharmacy all do well on the full-time jobs measure.
This article originally appeared in The Australian – Bond University tops student experience ranking