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Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

International student satisfaction high at Griffith University

Griffith University has again achieved excellent overall student satisfaction scores of above 90% in both the International Student Barometer (ISB) and the English Language Barometer (ELB) 2018 surveys.

Both of the surveys look at the student experience across all areas of the international student experience, from pre-arrival (including satisfaction with agents), through to the student experience on campus and in the classroom, as well as overall satisfaction.

International student satisfaction high at Griffith University

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Griffith University’s Internationalisation Strategy sets an objective of being in the top 10 for key dimensions underpinning the international student experience, as measured by the ISB, and Professor Sarah Todd is delighted that this objective is being met.

“We will continue to work with everyone involved in the support of international students to ensure these results are reinforced and are always looking for ways to further improve and enhance the support and services we provide all international students,” Vice President (Global), Professor Sarah Todd, said.

Professor Todd also noted the contribution made by their agent network (Helloooo, OzTREKK!) in ensuring that positive experience starts right from students’ first inquiries into studying at Griffith.

The ISB showed Griffith ranked particularly highly on both the arrival experience and the student experience dimensions, with 94% of students either very satisfied or satisfied with their arrival and 90% of students happy with their life at Griffith to date, compared with global averages of 89% and 87% respectively.

Griffith Mates

Students’ satisfaction with their welcome, opportunities to make friends from other countries, and the social activities available when they first arrived, was particularly high. The Griffith Mates, a group of volunteer senior students committed to supporting international students with their transition to life in Australia and studying at Griffith, provide a friendly welcome to thousands of students each year right from when they land at Brisbane airport, and this is an area we are committed to continuing to enhance given its critical importance in ensuring a positive experience overall.

The ELB showed Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) students’ overall satisfaction with living at 94.7%, which compares favourably with a global overall rating of 90.3%. Student satisfaction relating to studying and living at both our Brisbane-based and Gold Coast campus English Language Institutes was positive, with students rating highly the campus environment and GELI facilities.​

Griffith University Study Areas

Griffith is a comprehensive university, offering more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across all disciplines.

Griffith University has a long history of providing innovative degrees that meet the ever-changing needs of students, industry and the community. Popular schools among Canadian students include

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Monday, October 16th, 2017

Five star ratings for the University of Queensland

An independent ranking of Australian universities has awarded the University of Queensland  multiple five star ratings.

Five star ratings for the University of Queensland

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The 2018 edition of the The Good Universities Guide gave UQ a five-star rating for student demand, staff qualifications and learning resources.

The guide also revealed that UQ is top in the country for starting salary in nursing and science and mathematics.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanne Wright said that UQ was the only Group of Eight university to achieve five stars in a key measure of student experience.

“The university’s results were above the national average in seven of eight measures of students experience and graduate outcomes,” she said.

“We have been working very hard to ensure that students benefit both personally and intellectually during their time at UQ and will improve even further in this are with our five-year student strategy.

“I’m thrilled to see that UQ’s great facilities and beautiful campuses have been acknowledged, with students giving favourable assessments of teaching spaces, online learning materials, laboratories and IT support.”

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at UQ

Students from Canada choose the University of Queensland primarily for its international reputation as an outstanding academic institution, having won more awards for teaching excellence than any other Australian university, as well as its location in the vibrant city of Brisbane. UQ offers Canadians an exceptional program choice across a wide range of study areas at undergraduate, postgraduate and research higher degree levels.

Popular schools at UQ for Canadian students

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Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Bond cements its position as Australia’s #1 for Student Experience

Would you like to study at a university where the professors know you by name, where class sizes are small, and where you are encouraged to focus on life after graduation?

Then let us introduce you to Bond University!

Bond cements its position as Australia's #1 for Student Experience

Bond is ranked number one in Australia for student experience—for the 12th year in a row! (Photo: Bond University)

For the twelfth year in a row, Bond has received more 5-star ratings for Student Experience than any other university in Australia in the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide.

Bond received the highest award of 5-stars for all six Student Experience measures—Overall, Teaching Quality, Learner Engagement, Learning Resources, Student Support and Skills Development—as well as 5-stars for Student:Staff Ratio and Student Retention.

In addition to the institutional rankings, this year The Good Universities Guide has introduced rankings by field of study. Bond received several 5-star ratings across various metrics for every field of study that is taught at the university, demonstrating that Bond University provides an exceptional experience for all of its students.

Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said he was very proud to see Bond continue to deliver the nation’s best student experience for the 12th consecutive year.

“Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and every decision we make, so its pleasing to see this absolute focus on providing a world-class, transformational student experience is reflected in The Good Universities Guide 2018 ratings,” Professor Brailsford said.

“I am also very proud that we deliver continually and consistently, year-on-year and across each and every field of study that Bond offers.”

Professor Brailsford cited Bond’s small class sizes, personalised approach, practical learning opportunities, links to industry, and focus on outcomes as key factors influencing its five-star student experience ratings.

The study facilities at Bond are world-class and incorporate high-tech lecture theatres, the latest broadband and Wi-Fi computer connections, and libraries that rank among Australia’s best.

Complementing these academic features, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of recreational and social outlets that encourage interaction between students outside the classroom.

Bond University defines internationalisation throughout policy and practice as ensuring that

  • international students have a quality university experience;
  • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
  • the university provides leadership for global relations.

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Monday, May 29th, 2017

The Macquarie University audiology and speech pathology student experience

Audiology is a growing discipline in health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian schools an attractive option for Canadians who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.

Macquarie University audiology and speech pathology student experience

Macquarie speech and hearing student Chi Yhun Li gained practical experience while working on a research project with the National Acoustic Laboratories. (Image credit: Macquarie University)

Similarly, there are few speech pathology programs offered by Canadian universities, and since admission into these programs are increasingly competitive, graduate-entry speech pathology programs in Australia are a top choice for Canadians seeking to gain qualifications as a speech pathologist.

If you’re passionate about studying audiology or speech pathology, you may wish to consider studying at Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia. Macquarie is home to the Australian Hearing Hub, a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Macquarie University Audiology and Speech Pathology Student Experience

Speech pathology and audiology students from Macquarie University can gain practical experience working on research projects within the National Acoustic Laboratories. Macquarie’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) units take students out of the lecture theatre and place them in the heart of their chosen degrees.

Canadian’s top pick for speech pathology

“Through my research, I found that Macquarie’s program is more established than other Australian universities,” says Master of Speech Pathology student Win Sum Cheung. “It also offers a wider variety of clinical placements, so I can get work experience in pediatric or a hospital or a school, depending on my interests.”

“Being a qualified by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia means I’ll have work opportunities in English-speaking countries like Canada and the US.”

Supportive lecturers

“The lecturers and tutors I’ve met so far at Macquarie University are more than just teachers. They’re more like friends,says Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences student Moalosi Mapetla from Botswana, who is keen to pursue a Masters in Audiology after his bachelor degree.

“The interaction we have with our lecturers and tutors is amazing. They encourage us to ask questions, which makes the learning environment really interactive. They have been so supportive and it’s obvious they are passionate about seeing students excel in their studies, as well as in their social well-being.”

A strong focus on clinical work

“I particularly appreciated meeting students from varied professional backgrounds and cultures, the high calibre of the teaching staff, the time allotted for each student for individual concerns and the problem-based approach to learning.”

“My clinical placements reflected either the coursework I was taking at the time or had already completed. These experiences were varied and included working with adults and children with various communication and swallowing needs,” says Canadian Madhu who studied the Master of Speech and Language Pathology.

Rural placement experience

“A large part of why I chose this program over other programs in Australia is the strong clinical component,” says Megan, a Master of Speech and Language Pathology student. “As an international student who wanted to study in Australia and also see and learn about its unique culture I chose to undertake a rural placement. This placement was a particular highlight of my experiences in Australia so far.”

Audiology at Macquarie University

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Speech Pathology at Macquarie University

Program: Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Employment initiatives boost student experience and graduate outcomes at Griffith University

A new range of career-focused initiatives will give Griffith University graduates a sharp competitive edge to improve their job prospects.

Griffith aims to include real-life industry experiences in all its degrees and programs.

Its students also have access to an e-mentoring program, a high-quality ePortfolio platform. Griffith is the first Australian university to operate a franchise of Unitemps—a recruitment service providing paid work opportunities for students.

These employability enhancing services have proved invaluable for recent mechanical engineering graduate Sebastian Speak, who has been employed full-time by Scout Aerial to design a drone launcher for an anti-poaching device, which will be used in Africa.

“I designed one launcher as part of a twelve-week internship and now I’m making thirty ready to be used in Africa to specifically target the illegal poaching of rhinoceros and elephants,” he said.

“I moved to Australia to specifically study at Griffith because I had heard it focused on preparing you for working in industry and I couldn’t be happier with my outcome.”

Griffith University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Debra Henly said this year approximately 22,500 students were enrolled in courses that facilitate internships, work experience or work placements within industry professionals locally, nationally and globally.

She says there are almost 400 subject areas with a specific industry placement course option and that the University also assists with work experience and job placements outside of specific courses.

“Students across all study areas at Griffith will experience a range of opportunities to build their professional identity and career readiness throughout their degree,” she said.

“We are also moving to three 12-week trimesters in 2017, which will allow students greater flexibility to balance work and study, or to accelerate their study in some degrees.”

Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies academics Professor Glenn Finger and Dr Paula Jervis-Tracey recently published research about internships in the education industry in a book titled Teacher Education: Innovation, Intervention and Impact.

This quality research reinforces Griffith’s position as a leading university for graduate success and graduate employability, and is based on Griffith’s Employability Framework.

Professor Finger says internships are designed to inspire students to achieve their dream career: “Strengthening the connection between university and industry is the key to the success of internships,” Professor Finger said.

Griffith’s work with education internships has seen approximately 90 per cent of our graduates working in schools in Queensland.

Griffith’s key employability initiatives

Employment initiatives and graduate outcomes at Griffith University

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Industry experiences – Griffith University has internship opportunities in every study group. It also offers up to 250 exclusive internships with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games organising body (GOLDOC) through our official partnership.  Students completing internships with GOLDOC have the unique opportunity to earn 40 credit points, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the organisation and apply their knowledge throughout their placement. Each year hundreds of students also travel overseas to enhance their degrees through global learning experiences, which are available in 48 countries.

Griffith Unitemps is the first Australian franchise of Unitemps, a UK-based student employment service providing paid work opportunities for students on campus and in South East Queensland businesses while they study.  It offers a broad range of general and degree-related vacancies aimed at improving employability before and after graduation.

Mentoring – Griffith Global eMentoring focuses on global engagement. It aims to support career development learning, global citizenship and graduate outcomes for Griffith students by connecting them to industry professionals beyond Australia’s borders. GGEM mentors not only assist Griffith students to gain a deeper understanding of their disciplines, they connect them to a world of opportunity. Griffith also runs the Industry Mentoring Program, and Griffith Business School is piloting eCareerCoaching.

Supported ePortfolio platform – Employers are increasingly looking for quality online portfolios when hiring, and ePortfolios allow students to document their professional and academic development as their studies progress. All Griffith students have access to build a high quality ePortfolio during their degree.

Professional profiling on LinkedIn – Students are encouraged to build and optimise their LinkedIn profile and enhance their employability prospects by connecting with industry professionals, employers and alumni. Griffith’s LinkedIn eModule provides expert guidance on developing an exceptional professional profile, including selecting the right photo and addressing the headline, summary, experiences and more.

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