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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.

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

UQ employability program lauded in national awards

A University of Queensland student employability service has won a prestigious 2016 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Student Employability Team (BEL SET) recently won the employability category ahead of finalists from the University of Sydney, Marcus Oldham College and Bond University.

UQ employability program lauded in national awards

Pictured from left to right: UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese AO, BEL SET Director Rhea Jain and UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne (Photo: UQ)

In their report, the judges said employability was an increasingly important issue for universities.

“The University of Queensland is to be commended for its systemic, embedded approach to boosting employability, and the demonstrable results it has produced,” they said.

UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ Law students in particular ranked the highest nationally in securing graduate full-time employment.

“I congratulate the BEL SET team for this outstanding result, which should give great confidence to future students considering studying business, economics or law at UQ,” Professor Byrne said.

“The BEL SET program challenges students to develop employability skills from enrolment, throughout their studies and as graduates.

“This strategy was recognised as a flagship program in the UQ student strategy 2016–2020 and was also applauded by the Group of Eight which featured it in their journal this year.”

Director Rhea Jain said the award was a reflection of the hard work and dedication of her team, who all drew from extensive experience in recruitment consulting and talent acquisition within the industries the students aspired to enter.

“Our programs are run in partnership with employers so our students learn directly from industry experts and gain real-life experiences through industry placements and professional development opportunities,” she said.

“Last financial year we placed 1800 students with almost 600 employers and supported thousands of students by providing 150 employability workshops or events in partnership with more than 100 employers.

“The program is only 18 months old and this award is further confirmation we are on the right track and will provide momentum for us to continue to develop and refine the program.”

In 2015, the BEL SET team doubled student engagement in its programs.

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

UQ poised to make pivotal changes to the university experience

The University of Queensland is making pivotal changes to the way higher education is imagined and experienced.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj recently announced a five-year program of initiatives “at the forefront of the learning revolution” designed to equip UQ graduates to be enterprising and to excel in the new-world workplace.

UQ poised to make pivotal changes to the university experience

UQ aims to enhance the student experience (Photo credit: UQ)

“The program is designed to deliver innovations and new initiatives in graduate employability, student facilities as well as integrated digital learning technologies, more flexible study options, and broader support for students and graduates including for those who wish to start their own business,” Professor Høj said.

He said the university needed to adapt and innovate to equip students with the skills to compete in fluid, globalised and highly technological work environments.

“Like other sectors, the higher education sector is being transformed and we want to ensure we are at the forefront of the learning revolution required to ensure we deliver enterprising graduates who are geared for the new-world international workplace,” Professor Høj said.

“Enhancing the student experience is one of the most significant ways the university can support our students to create change in themselves and in the world around them.

“We want students to have more control over what, when and how they study, with more advice, technologies and opportunities at their fingertips than ever before to support their priorities and career ambitions.

“They will have access to a blend of on-campus and online learning, greater international opportunities and mentoring, and a dynamic curriculum created in partnership with industry and students to ensure they graduate with the confidence and insight to turn their career aspirations into reality.

UQ already holds a place among the world’s top fifty universities. One hundred per cent of UQ’s research has been ranked at world standard or above in Australia’s national assessment of research quality, and our dedicated staff have won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.  Our aim is to combine these strengths with this significant investment, to create a truly transformational student experience.”

The initiatives have been bundled into four categories:

Game-changing graduates

  • Initiatives include expanded programs and support to enhance workplace integration and employability, on-campus idea accelerators, multi-disciplinary courses for creating change, and extended opportunities for global experiences and network building.

Student-centred flexibility

  • Initiatives include more flexible study options, new course options to complement advanced digital learning resources, personalised online learning tracking to provide real-time data and analytics on learning progress, and a move to a trimester system for some programs.

Dynamic people and partnerships

  • Initiatives include a partnership with students in learning and decision-making, a mentor program, a move toward increasing the engagement of students in world-class research, a comprehensive professional development program for staff, investment in academic support through digital delivery tools and contemporary content design, and increased partnerships with industry.

An integrated learning environment

  • Initiatives include the development of the campus precinct—most notably the $251-million, 1300-bed student housing project; increased and enhanced student spaces for individual and group learning, rest and socialising; renewed IT infrastructure; an on-campus support hub; and an online support hub that offers 24/7 access.

The UQ Student Strategy was developed with input from more than 7,000 students, as well as from UQ staff, teachers, industry representatives and employers.

It will be rolled out between now and 2020, with planning for the new 1300-bed student precinct at the St Lucia campus already underway.

The plan underpins UQ’s commitment to provide graduates with the best possible opportunities and experiences to create change not only in their own lives, but also in the world around them.

Professor Høj said every aspect of the strategy had been designed to help students prepare for an ever-changing working landscape by developing richer perspectives and more critical ways of thinking to challenge the status quo.

“Students are preparing for careers that either don’t exist yet or at least will change dramatically,” Professor Høj said.

“By putting these changes into place now, we are ensuring the UQ student experience is designed to inspire the next generation of lateral thinkers and creative problem-solvers who can evolve, innovate and adapt.

“Graduate employability is our number-one priority, and we want to ensure UQ graduates maintain a competitive advantage in the workplace at graduation and beyond.”

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