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Mon, 2 Aug 2021

JCU soars to success again

Sandra Harding JCU
James Cook University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding.

James Cook University has been awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment - for the 11th year in a row, and has also received top marks for postgraduate employment.

The latest edition of The Good Universities Guide, Australia’s authoritative tertiary education guide, has awarded JCU 5 out of 5 stars for undergraduate and postgraduate employment, ranking it the number one university in Queensland in both categories.

JCU is the only Queensland university, and one of only three Australian universities, to receive a five-star rating for undergraduate employment for the past 11 years in a row.

JCU has also been awarded five stars for graduates’ starting salaries – both undergraduate and postgraduate - placing it within the top 10 of universities nationally.

A median postgraduate starting salary of $100,000 was ranked equal best in Queensland by the Guide and third nationally, in a further glowing endorsement for the university.

The Guide also awarded JCU five stars for:

  • Learner engagement (the proportion of undergraduates who gave a positive assessment of their engagement with learning at their university) and;
  • Social equity (the proportion of domestic students who come from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds).

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the latest results from the Guide demonstrated once again that JCU provides its students with a high-quality education and very strong career prospects.

“Our graduates and postgraduates are setting the standard when it comes to employability and strong career prospects in not just Queensland, but across Australia,” she said.

“The university’s graduates and postgraduates continue to be in demand and are well prepared for the workforce.

“JCU’s commitment to teaching and research excellence has clearly been reflected in these latest ratings from the Good Universities Guide.”


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