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UOW maintains strong graduate employability rating

Wollongong ranked among Australia's best performers

The University of Wollongong has maintained its place as one of the best performing universities in the country following the release today of the 2019 edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings (GER). 

The results come on the back of UOW’s outstanding performance in last year’s graduate employability outcomes. The QS Graduate Employability Rankings, released in September 2017, ranked UOW among the top 200 universities in the world for graduate employment rates and partnerships with employers.

UOW has again been ranked in the band 181-190 as in 2017.

Quacquarelli Symonds uses five indicators to compile the GER – employer reputation, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers per faculty, employer-student connections and graduate employment rate.

UOW is in the top 12 of ranked Australian universities in all five categories in the GER. Particular marked improvements were achieved this year in the indicators of graduate employment rate and partnerships with employers.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, said the University’s strong performance in the latest rankings was an excellent result in an environment that is becoming increasingly competitive.

The rankings offer students, parents, and policymakers with comparative data on 500 universities, according to their ability to provide their students with a successful career. They are compiled according to a methodology that acknowledges that the relationship between university choice and career outcomes cannot be adequately captured by earnings data or graduate employment rate figures.

Research Director at QS, Ben Sowter, said: “Rises in tuition fees and an ever-more-competitive job market are making students ever-more-concerned about the likelihood that their prospective university will help them thrive afterwards. This ranking is designed to empower them to make more informed choices, and indicates that those universities that have excellent research profiles and global reputations aren’t always those that do most to nurture student employability.”

“These results, however, prove heartening reading for Australian institutions, with the metric-by-metric results indicating that the national higher education sector is proving highly proactive in engaging with employers, inviting them to campus to allow students to expand their networks, and fostering alumni that are able to reach the very top of their fields.”

Full rankings can be viewed at: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) IS the world-leader for the first time, deposing Stanford University (2nd) at the top.