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Five-star education at Swinburne

Posted August 17, 2011 in category General by Shirley Leitch

The Good Universities Guide ratings were released today and - for the third year in a row - Swinburne has achieved five-star ratings in the educational experience categories. These include teaching quality, generic skills and graduate satisfaction. 

The high quality of the Swinburne student experience is confirmed by these ratings. The Good Universities Guide ranks us yet again as best in Victoria and first amongst a small group of equals in Australia.

This is a result in which we can all take pride. It is testament to the dedication and commitment of staff. It demonstrates the strength of Swinburne's student-focused, personalised, approach to education. It is achieved only because students are at the heart of everything we do.

The Good Universities Guide uses a comprehensive range of data to compile its ratings. It includes information provided by students in response to the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) and Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) conducted by Graduate Careers Australia. It also includes information provided by universities and information from the Department of Education, Science and Training.

The Good Universities Guide ratings are based on national comparisons of all 39 universities. A five-star rating puts us in the top 20 per cent of institutions, while a four-star rating places us in the top 40 per cent.

This year we also achieved five-star ratings for gender balance and proportion of students given TAFE credit, and four-star ratings across a number of categories including cultural diversity and research intensivity.

Our results leave no room for complacency. Every educational innovation by Swinburne is closely observed by our colleagues in other universities and often copied. Our advantage lies not in what we do but in how well we do it. In our ability to implement. In our willingness to question the 'way things are done around here' as we look for ways to improve the university experience of our students.

Today, please take the time to congratulate one another on this outstanding result and let me be the first to thank you for your important contribution to the creation of a five-star student experience at Swinburne.

Professor Shirley Leitch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

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