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11/08/2014
JCU’s five star graduates’ rating
James Cook University has achieved a five star result in the latest edition of the Good Universities Guide, with its graduates continuing to be highly sought after by employers.

JCU’s five star graduates’ rating

James Cook University has achieved a five star result in the latest edition of the Good Universities Guide, with its graduates continuing to be highly sought after by employers.

For the fourth year in a row, the authoritative tertiary education guide has given JCU a five star rating in the category “Getting a full-time job”. Only six other universities scored as high.

The rating means that JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates (aged under 25) were able to find full time work within four months of graduation.

Published today (August 11th), the guide found that JCU graduates are now being paid more when they get a job. JCU’s rating for a graduate’s starting salary has risen from two stars to three.

JCU is also receiving a greater share of research funding, with its rating for research grants rising from two to three stars.

James Cook University continues to record extremely strong results in the areas of teaching quality, socio-economic equity, and the teaching of generic skills. JCU received four stars in the three categories – the second highest rating possible.

JCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings continue to confirm the University’s strong performance in teaching and research.

Professor Harding said she is particularly pleased that the University’s graduates are in such high demand.

“This year’s guide yet again confirms that JCU is making a difference to the people of the Tropics.”

“It’s great news that our graduates continue to quickly find work once they complete their studies,” she said.

As JCU expands, the guide has upgraded the University’s status from a “small” institution to an “average”-sized university. Average-sized universities are those with more than 20,000 students.

The guide also found that nearly two-thirds of JCU’s undergraduates study full-time and on campus.