The prospect of tertiary education is perhaps one of the most daunting to be faced by an individual. Someone pursuing a head-start or an upper hand in the evermore competitive employment market. It is common knowledge that there are more students enrolling in undergraduate degrees today than ever before.
We have embarked on an educational revolution and the universal saturation of that ‘piece of paper’ that qualifies a person to work in a particular profession has meant that students must go above and beyond to secure a graduate job.
Starting in a well-known and award winning university can contribute to this post-graduate success, however, the university that is right for one person may be ill-fitting for another. There are a number of criterion that can be taken into consideration when deciding on a tertiary institution.
Despite the wide range of assessment measures, The Australian Education Network manages to rank Australian universities in relation to their world rankings as listed below:
- Australian National University
- University of Melbourne
- University of Sydney
- University of Queensland
- University of New South Wales
- Monash University
- University of Western Australia
- University of Adelaide
- Macquarie University
- University of Newcastle
- University of Technology, Sydney
- University of Wollongong
- Queensland University of Technology
- RMIT University
- Griffith University
- Curtin University
- University of South Australia
- James Cook University
- Deakin University
- University of Tasmania
The rankings listed above do give some indication as to the university’s prestige and research success. But is this list transferrable to graduate success and student satisfaction? No. Every university is vastly different. Hence, it becomes a question of:
‘Which university best fits my needs?’
As opposed to:
‘Which university is the best in the country?’
All universities have strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, there are advantages and disadvantages in every university that are personal to everyone. These may include location, accommodation options, and forms of education and scholarship opportunities. Ultimately, the applicant must choose the university that will cater for and support their own career objectives, not the one with the oldest buildings and nicest gardens.
This advice applies especially if the choice to study at a particular university means moving away from the support of family and friends. For example, some universities take a greater interest in postgraduate students and higher degree research, while others provide greater support services to undergraduate students. Below are some individual profiles of some of Australia’s best-ranked universities that may enable an easier and more comprehensive comparison.
Australian National University
- Location: Canberra (ACT)
- Founded: 1946
- Students: 20,934
- Renound for: Having the highest world-ranking (25th) for all universities in Australia.
University of Queensland
- Location: Brisbane (QLD)
- Founded: 1909
- Students: 48,771
- Renound for: Prestigious research programs and academic reputation.
- Location: Melbourne (VIC)
- Founded: 1958
- Students: 64,479
- Renound for: International education and widespread campus locations.
- Location: Sydney (NSW)
- Founded: 1964
- Students: 38,793
- Renound for: Unique undergraduate and graduate courses.
Queensland University of Technology
- Location: Brisbane (QLD)
- Founded: 1989
- Students: 45,580
- Renound for: State-of-the-art campuses and post-graduate industry links and employment.
- Location: Brisbane (QLD)
- Founded: 1975
- Students: 43,196
- Renound for: Extensive study options with over 300 degrees across 10 faculties.
James Cook University
- Location: Townsville (QLD)
- Founded: 1970
- Students: 21,889
- Renound for: Location and academic focus on tropical studies.
There are three essential aspects of tertiary study that should be considered before applying for a university course with a certain institution. These are outlined below:
1, Course Costs
Understanding and comparing how much each course will cost is an important factor when deciding between different universities.
2, Entry Requirements
Different institutions will have specific requirements which may determine where you are able to study.
3. Course Success
Knowing the success of graduates of a particular course is an important factor in deciding where you will study.
Each university will have an ‘Orientation Week’ or ‘O-Week’ to welcome new students to their various campuses. This is an excellent time to meet new people and to develop ‘connections’ and ‘networks’ which will be beneficial throughout your degree. Some ‘O-Week’ activities include rock climbing, free barbeques, various sports, discos, parties, trivia nights, theme park trips and much more!
Five of the thirty best cities to study in, are located in Australia. Based on affordability, quality of life, and employment success, Australia is one of the most suitable countries to study within. Higher education is not the road to a well-paid job. It is an opportunity that enables people to fulfil their passions every day. Australian universities are some of the best in the world: look carefully, choose carefully and study hard. Your dream job awaits.