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Notre Dame Outperforms Bigger Universities on Almost Every Measure: Sydney Morning Herald

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
13 May 2016

The University of Notre Dame outperformed other Sydney universities on almost every measure

Quality education experience and graduate employment: standout features for Notre Dame Skills development, quality educational experience and a high graduate employment rate are some of the findings that set The University of Notre Dame Australia apart from its peers in data released by the Federal Government today.

The newly updated Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website (qilt.edu.au), reveals that the Notre Dame has excelled in critical university indicators, including being rated first in Australia for 'Skills Development'.

Notre Dame is the top university in the country for 'Skills Development' at 90.7 per cent, well above the national average of 81.3 per cent. It is in the top two universities nationally for 'Overall Quality of Educational Experience' with an 88.5 per cent rating. The QILT data also shows Notre Dame achieving high ratings in the categories of 'Student Support', 'Learner Engagement' and 'Teaching Quality'.

The Notre Dame results consistently exceeded the national average

The website also shows the University is one of the top universities in Australia for 'Graduate Employment Rate' with a full-time graduate employment rate of 79.2 per cent, well above the national average of 69.7 per cent. The median starting salary of Notre Dame graduates is at $59,800, above the national average of $55,000.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports that this figure is the highest for Sydney-based universities, toppling the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.  The paper further noted Notre Dame out performed these institutions on almost every measure including teacher quality, engagement, student support and skills.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame, Professor Hayden Ramsay told the paper that the university was "thrilled" with its results, saying that the results reflect "the Notre Dame commitment to knowledge and practical and professional skills, preparing graduates for their chosen profession."

The Department of Education and Training's QILT website enables prospective students to compare a wide range of information on higher education providers based on the results of surveys completed by current students and recent graduates across Australia.

Professor Celia Hammond, Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, said the results indicated that Notre Dame's distinctive approach to education is highly regarded by students, graduates and employers.

"Further to the University's Objects, Notre Dame provides an excellent standard of both pastoral care and education for the professions," Professor Hammond said.

Notre Dame Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond

"Students are at the heart of Notre Dame. We have always sought to educate the whole person, to provide an environment where students have the opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge and the technical skills they need to pursue their chosen professions, yet also grow and flourish as individuals.

"We are delighted to see that this approach resonates with both our students and employers, as these QILT findings indicate."

The results follow the 5-star ratings Notre Dame recently received in the 2016 Good Universities Guide, in the categories of 'Overall Graduate Satisfaction', 'Teaching Quality', 'Generic Skills', 'Getting a Full-time Job' and 'Graduate Starting Salary'.

For more information on the QILT findings, please visit www.qilt.edu.au.