A Gold Coast university has been named as the best in the country for student experience.
According to the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide, Bond University is the No. 1 Australian university in that category.
The private university scored the maximum five stars in each of the six areas the guide uses to measure student experience.
This is the thirteenth consecutive year Bond has received five-star ratings for student experience and overall experience.
It topped the nation in skills development, student support, teaching quality, learning resources, and learner engagement and was best in Queensland for overall experience.
Additionally, the university was rated best in Australia for student-teacher ratio and student retention.
The five-star ratings come ahead of Bond’s 30th anniversary celebrations next year.
Bond University vice-chancellor and president, Professor Tim Brailsford, said he was proud of the winning streak.
“We’ve received this accolade consistently because we put our students at the heart of everything we do,” Prof Brailsford said.
“As Bond approaches a significant milestone next year of our 30th anniversary, we have developed an international reputation that our founders envisioned.”
Prof Brailsford said small class sizes, practical learning opportunities, links to industry, an embedded approach to entrepreneurship and a focus on outcomes had driven Bond’s five-star performance in The Good Universities Guide 2019.
“We are constantly investing in our people and our educational facilities,” he said.
“This year we redeveloped facilities in the Faculty of Law, and construction has begun on a major extension to the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.”
Sophia Azzopardi is studying for a Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Laws and said living on campus had eased the pain of separation from family.
“I’ve loved my experience at Bond,” she said.
“I’m from Perth so I’ve been able to meet a whole bunch of new people who have basically become my new family rather than just my friends, which is an amazing thing to have. A separate family, a home away from home.”
Bond University was Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university.
This article originally appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin – Bond University wins prestigious title of best university in Australia from The Good Universities Guide