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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

University of Sydney graduates rated Australia’s most employable

University of Sydney graduates have been named the most employable in Australia for the third year running and in the top 5 globally, according to the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

University of Sydney graduates rated Australia's most employable

Sydney Uni grads have been named the most employable in Australia for the third consecutive year (Photo: University of Sydney)

The 2018 QS Employability Rankings also reveal the university’s graduates are the fourth most sought after in the world, the same position as last year and up from 14th in 2015.

In addition to surveying over 30,000 employers, the QS rankings move beyond employment rates and evaluate the affiliations of high-achievers, as well as work placement partnerships and employers’ connections with graduates.

“We are delighted by the rankings which confirm our graduates continue to be the most sought-after by employers in Australia and in high demand worldwide,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

“It is testament to our exceptionally designed courses delivered by world-class teachers.

“This is why we have transformed our undergraduate curriculum with the Sydney Undergraduate Experience. Every University of Sydney student will have the opportunity to take on real-world industry, community, research and entrepreneurship projects,” said Dr Spence.

One of the main drivers of the university’s ranking was the networking and partnership opportunities made available to students by employers.

A recent event saw students pitch their best ideas to a panel that included entrepreneurs, industry and government. Students have also helped solve real-world challenges for Australia’s largest book retailer Dymocks, while in the faculty of engineering and information technology, students have helped engineering firm Cardno navigate a drone-enabled future.

This year, the QS rankings considered 600 universities, double that of last year, and expanded to a top 500 from 200 in 2016. The rankings also increased the number of Australian universities included from 15 to 24.

The results follow the recent announcement that the university has been ranked 61 in the world and third in Australia in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

To determine the rankings, QS mapped the following indicators:

  • Employer reputation (30%)
  • Alumni outcomes (25%)
  • Partnerships with employers (25%)
  • Employer/student connections (10%)
  • Graduate employment rate (10%)

Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) was founded in 1990 and provide a number of higher education rankings including World University Rankings and subject area rankings.

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

A new student’s guide to activities in Sydney, Australia

Calling all University of Sydney and Macquarie University  students—no wait—all of you who are heading to Australia to study!

A new student’s guide to activities in Sydney, Australia

OzTREKK Eastern Territory Manager John Graham

Getting into the pre-departure phase of your “Study in Australia” journey can be slightly overwhelming: accepting your offer, getting a visa, booking your flight, finding accommodation—all of these things are currently at the forefront of your mind.

What comes next? Well, usually it’s concern about finding your way around campus, getting settled in classes, and making new friends. But OzTREKK’s John Graham reminds us that there is a lot more to “study in Australia” than just studying.

While this blog is targeted to everyone headed to Sydney, New South Wales, it’s also for anyone keen to take advantage of their school breaks, and we’ve had many OzTREKK students write to us about their Australian travel adventures! Here, John outlines a few of his favourite places in Sydney that you should check out:

Beach: Palm Beach

Palm Beach—a no-brainer

Palm Beach is located one hour north of Sydney and used at the set for the hit Australian TV series Home and Away. The beach is located on a long peninsula with a beautiful hike to Barrenjoey Lighthouse at the northern tip, the South Pacific Ocean to the east, and a small harbour know as Pittwater to the west.

Park: Pool in Prince Alfred Park

Prince Alfred Park and its massive pool

Prince Alfred Park is an amazing community space in the heart of Sydney. Its location is easily accessible as it is a 10-minute walk from Central Station. The park is home to basketball and tennis courts, an open-air workout area and lots of green space; however, the most important feature is the public pool to help you stay cool during the hot Sydney summers.

Food: Spice Alley – Kensington Street

Spice Alley on Kensington—yum!

Spice Alley is a unique open-air dining experience comprising six “hawker style” eateries that weave though a back alley and host tables beneath Asian lanterns. The prices in Spice Alley are very reasonable and this neat location is within walking distance of the University of Sydney campus and Central Station.

Bar: Soda Factory

Soda Factory

Soda Factory is one of the most famous speakeasy bars in Sydney. That being said, those interested have to be sure to keep their eyes peeled. The bar is hidden behind a Coca-Cola machine in an American-style hot dog joint. But on the other side you find a busy bar with a bare-bones industrial style and a happenin’ dance floor.

Entertainment: Sydney Football Club “football” match (soccer)

Sydney FC is a professional soccer team that plays in the top division in Australia. Their stadium holds more than 45,000 spectators and is located a short distance from the CBD in Moore Park. Some of the most exciting nights at Allianz Stadium are when they are playing their arch rivals, the Western Sydney Wanderers. Fans who want a true experience should also be sure to stop by one of the local pubs to have a beer with local Aussie fans before the game.

At a Sydney FC match at Allianz Stadium


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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

University of Sydney tops the state for graduate employability

The University of Sydney has been ranked number one in New South Wales and 49 in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education Global Employability University Rankings.

The 2016 employability rankings, released Nov. 17, 2016, are based on surveys of recruiters and managing directors at international companies across 21 countries. The results reveal which universities the respondents think are best at preparing students for the workplace.

University of Sydney tops the state for graduate employability

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Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said the results reflected the university’s teaching excellence and quality of its global graduates.

“The results once again place us as one of the best higher learning institutions in the world and reflect the quality of our graduates, who are making a difference in communities locally, nationally and internationally.”

Dr Spence pointed to alumni such as Dr Anna Lau, who was at front line in the fight against Ebola when the highly infectious virus made its way to the United States in 2014; as well as Jack Manning Bancroft, who founded the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) while still studying in 2005; and Gideon Silverman, who after graduating in 2009, founded two startups and is now a product manager at Google, based in San Francisco.

“With world-leading teachers, comprehensive support offerings such as mentoring programs and study workshops, and more than 300 global partnerships for exchange and workplace opportunities, our students graduate as global citizens, ready to succeed and innovate in the workplace,” Dr Spence said.

The Times Higher Education Global Employability University Rankings are published by the UK’s leading global provider of rankings and statistics on the world’s higher education sector.

The University of Sydney currently ranks 60 in the highly regarded Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Friday, August 12th, 2016

Heading to New South Wales as an international student? This is for you!

Are you a future University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, or Macquarie University student?

Heading to New South Wales? This is for you!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

StudyNSW is excited to announce a new partnership with Service NSW offering dedicated and centralised information and referral advice to international students in New South Wales: the NSW International Student Support Service.

Service NSW delivers a broad range of transactions on behalf of the NSW Government.

International students can contact Service NSW via a 24/7 contact centre (13 77 88) , a website (www.service.nsw.gov.au), and service centres located across Sydney and NSW to undertake a range of everyday transactions such as applying for or transferring a driver’s licence or ordering an Opal card. Students will also be able to access referral information on support services provided by government agencies like NSW Fair Trading, the Overseas Student Ombudsman, NSW Police, the Fair Work Ombudsman and non-government organisations such as Redfern Legal Centre who provide free legal advice for international students in NSW.

International students can also access free verbal interpreter services if required, provided by the Translating and Interpreter Services (TIS) and funded by StudyNSW.