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Good Universities Guide ranks UOW Australia’s best public uni for student experience

UOW gets five stars for all student experience ratings. 

The student experience offered by the University of Wollongong (UOW) has been ranked above all other Australian public universities in the 2018 Good Universities Guide.

As well as achieving five star ratings for staff qualifications and student retention, UOW was one of only two Australian universities—and the only publicly funded university—to achieve a clean five star sweep of all student experience measures: overall experience, skills development, student support, teaching quality, learning resources and learner engagement.

The Good Universities Guide publishes a detailed breakdown of each university complete with independent ratings and comparisons of Australian undergraduate courses and their providers using results from the annual Student Experience and Graduate Destination Surveys.

The Guide’s ranking system only allows the top 20 per cent of universities to be awarded a five-star rating in any one category.

All fields of study offered by UOW achieved five stars in at least one category.

UOW claimed a five-star rating across every student experience category in the Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences; Science and Mathematics; and Teacher Education fields.

The University also received five stars in the graduate outcomes category across Science and Mathematics; Nursing; Medicine; Engineering; Computing and Information Systems; and Business and Management, including a perfect score (100%) in graduate employment in the field of Medicine.

UOW also performed strongly in the measures of student support and skills development, achieving five stars for each across eight fields of study and topping the country for student support in the social work field and for skills development in the creative arts field.

In Science and Mathematics UOW reached five stars in seven of the eight measures.

UOW graduates rated the University’s learning resources as five stars across 13 different fields of study.

UOW’s latest rankings follow a consistent trend of outstanding results for the institution in the Good Universities Guide’s student satisfaction and graduate outcome ratings for the last 17 years.

UOW Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, attributes these impressive results to UOW’s commitment to quality in teaching and learning.

“Our students are once again among the most satisfied in the country when it comes to their experience at University,” he said.

“The latest results are a testament to our dedicated and high quality staff, personalised learning and the support our students receive from the minute they walk in the door at UOW.”

The 2018 Good Universities Guide is available at

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