Charles Sturt University (CSU) students get a job quicker and earn more money than the national average, new data shows.
The annual Good Universities Guides reveals data on all Australian universities, including just how satisfied students are with their educational experience, teaching quality and learning resources.
CSU tops the country when it comes to graduates finding a job, with 85 per cent employed within four months of completing their course, trumping the nation’s average of 71 per cent.
Graduating students from CSU also earned more compared to the average Australian university graduate, with a median starting salary of $62,000 compared to $58,000.
CSU Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the results were a recognition of CSU’s commitment to students and strong industry connections.
In every degree students are encouraged to forge strong industry connections and gain vital workplace experience.
“I think that’s why we do so well in terms of them getting jobs and a good starting salary,” Prof Vann said.
“We do put a lot of emphasis on getting students professional before they graduate. We need highly skilled people who are going to take this country forward.”
The data also showed that 77.3 per cent of CSU students were happy with the overall quality of educational experience, this was down slightly compared to the national average of 79.3 per cent.
While 79.8 per cent of CSU students rated the quality of their teaching positively, compared to 80.9 per cent nationally.
Learning resources, including access to computers, libraries and teaching facilities, were rated positively by 83.2 per cent of CSU students compared to 84.1 per cent across other universities.
“We know that students are choosing universities, 20 or 30 years ago it was the other way around,” he said.
“It’s a very competitive market out there for universities … there is no room for standing still.”
This article originally appeared in the Western Advocate – Good Universities Guide: Charles Sturt University’s good score card