10 Best Australian Universities for Graduate Employability


No best universities list in the world will be complete by excluding the ones from Australia. Why? Because they’re Australian mate. They are simply one of the best in the world. Apart from the kangaroos in the wilderness and the Australian cricket team, Australia is world-renowned for its universities, which are simply the best. This can be summed from the fact that Australia was represented by 21 universities in Top 400 of the QS World University Rankings 2018. We take a look at the Top 10 Australian Universities for Graduate Employability for 2018. Read on:


The University of Sydney: Ranked 50th in the world and 4th for Graduate Employability, the University of Sydney continues to be the highest-ranked Australian university for graduate employability this year. It also ranks an unbeatable joint 1st by subject ranking and a high score for Employer-Student Connections, wherein it’s ranked 8th. The University of Sydney is a winner from every perspective as it boasts top-50 scores for every indicator. With a reimagined undergraduate curriculum, world-class facilities, the university offers Australia’s broadest range of disciplines. With more than 400 areas of study to choose from, students have the flexibility to follow their interests, broaden their skills, and enjoy internship and global exchange opportunities. Not only that, the university is active in hosting careers fairs, employer information sessions, workshops, and other events to help students and employers network with each other.


The University of Melbourne: Ranked 41st worldwide and 7th for graduate employability, The University of Melbourne is the next university in our list. The University scores very highly in the Employer Relations and Academic Reputation indicators. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in more than 80 different study areas. In addition to that, the university counts 4 Australian Prime Ministers as its alumni. The university seems to be quite active in the start-up scene as well. Its start-up accelerator, Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP), was named the eighth-best in the world in 2015.


The University of New South Wales (UNSW): Established in 1949, The University of New South Wales is home to more than 52,000 students from over 130 countries, with an alumni community of 250,000 spanning across the world. Ranked 45th globally and 36th in terms of graduate employability, UNSW is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and receives a high score for the Employer Reputation indicator. In a recent study, it was found that 76% of undergraduates find a job within four months of graduating. That’s impressive.


The University of Queensland (UQ): Ranked 47th worldwide and 51st for graduate employability, UQ consistently ranks in the world’s top universities, is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21 and is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities. Home to 52,000 students (of which 15400 are international students), UQ has won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other university and boasts a higher graduate employment rate than the national average. And why it wouldn’t? The university offers its students a free online employability course and has other initiatives to help maximize students’ success, such as short-term global experiences and student exchange programs, internships, career workshops, and more.


The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS): Ranked 176th in the world and 69th for graduate employability, UTS is a young university, having being founded in 1988. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem here as its giving many old ones’s a run for their money. UTS is ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2018 for Nursing (#7), Art and Design (#28), Sports-Related Subjects (#33) and Law (#40), while Accounting & Finance, Business, Communication, Computer Science and Education rank in the top 100. Therefore it is of no surprise that 76% of Australian-resident UTS graduates are in employment three months after study. Not only that, UTS runs a variety of careers fairs and events, and offers students work-ready programs such as the UTS Accomplish Intensive program, a course of career workshops.


Monash University: Heading to Melbourne for the next in our look at the best universities in Australia for graduate employability, where Monash University is based. Ranked 60th globally and 79th for graduate employment, Monash University Is the largest university in Australia, ranked in the world's top 100, and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. It is also featured among the Top 50 in Employer Reputation, reflecting its reputation as one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Monash runs a range of careers events, industry panels and seminars such as the Global Careers Panel, facilitated by Raw Talent.


The Australian National University (ANU): The Australian National University (ANU) is a world-leading center for education and research. Ranked 1st in Australia and 20th in the world. Australia’s national university is further distinguished by an outstanding record for student satisfaction and graduate employability, wherein its ranked 84th. It was found in a study that an impressive 88% of ANU’s domestic graduates employed full-time four months after completing their studies. The university offers a range of diverse volunteering opportunities, including the new ANU+ initiative.


RMIT University: Ranked joint 247th globally and 97th for graduate employability, RMIT also achieves a very high score for the Graduate Employment Rate category, ranking 15th in the world. Over 50% of RMIT programs offer internships, placements and industry work experience at companies, including the revered United Nations. The curriculum is designed by working alongside some of the world’s leading organizations and helps in developing the skills employers value most. Not only that, RMIT supports entrepreneurial students with its RMIT Activator, a tailored, interactive program which is committed to giving the RMIT community an opportunity to create ideas, access collaborative workspaces and launch start-ups.


Queensland University of Technology (QUT): Ranked joint 247th and between 111-120 range for graduate employability, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), located in Brisbane, is ranked in the global top 50 for the Employer-Student connections category. With over 48,000 students, including almost 8000 international students from more than 100 countries, QUT maintains close links with business representatives and industry professionals who contribute to course development and lend practical perspectives to students’ theoretical education. Not only that, the university is active at promoting connections between employers and students via careers fairs, Work Integrated Learning (WIL), the Career Mentor Scheme, and the CareerHub jobs board.


Macquarie University: And finally, the last in our look at the 10 best Australian universities for graduate employability is the Sydney-based Macquarie University, ranked 240th worldwide and in the 121-130 band for the Graduate Employment Rate category. With over 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, enabling students to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers. Not only that, a whopping 89% of Macquarie graduates were in full-time work or study almost a year after finishing their course. Macquarie offers students the chance to get practical experience within their degree via the unique PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program.


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