JCU’s five star graduates’ rating
James Cook University has achieved a five star result in the latest edition of the Good Universities Guide, with its graduates continuing to be highly sought after by employers.
For the fourth year in a row, the authoritative tertiary education guide has given JCU a five-star rating in the category “Getting a full-time job.” Only six other universities scored as high.
The rating means that JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates (aged under 25) were able to find full time work within four months of graduation.
Published August 11, the guide found that JCU graduates are now being paid more when they get a job. The university’s rating for a graduate’s starting salary has risen from two stars to three.
JCU is also receiving a greater share of research funding, with its rating for research grants rising from two to three stars.
James Cook University continues to record extremely strong results in the areas of teaching quality, socio-economic equity, and the teaching of generic skills. JCU received four stars in the three categories—the second highest rating possible.
JCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings continue to confirm the university’s strong performance in teaching and research.
Professor Harding said she is particularly pleased that the university’s graduates are in such high demand.
“This year’s guide yet again confirms that JCU is making a difference to the people of the Tropics. It’s great news that our graduates continue to quickly find work once they complete their studies,” she said.
As JCU expands, the guide has upgraded the university’s status from a “small” institution to an “average”-sized university. Average-sized universities are those with more than 20,000 students.
The guide also found that nearly two-thirds of JCU’s undergraduates study full time and on campus.
About James Cook University Medical School
JCU Medical School specializes in rural and remote medicine. The JCU program has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.
Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 29, 2014