Ten years of 5-star ratings for Notre Dame

26 August 2016

Notre Dame has once again been ranked among Australia’s leading universities reflecting its reputation for excellence in education and preparing students for a positive career start.

The University received 5-star ratings from graduates in a record seven categories as published today by The Good Universities Guide 2017.

Nationally, Notre Dame was ranked among the top five Australian universities, making it the 10th consecutive year the University has achieved outstanding results from the Guide. This builds on Notre Dame's performance in the Federal Government's Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching indicators (QILT) published earlier this year, in which Notre Dame was first in Australia for Skills Development; and first in WA and NSW for Overall Quality of Educational Experience and Learner Engagement.

Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said the University was delighted that graduates continued to value their Notre Dame experience so highly and that their outcomes post-University were so positive.

“Students are at the heart of Notre Dame. We recognise and value the uniqueness of each and every student and we seek to provide an environment in which every student is encouraged and enabled to reach their potential.”

Notre Dame's commitment to considering each student as an individual begins with its admissions philosophy. This has never focused solely on ATAR but on the whole person, contributing to an excellent fit between student and course. It continues after admission with small class sizes, the highest quality academic teachers and outstanding pastoral care. This in turn leads to high-satisfaction, strong motivation and exemplary, committed graduates.

The Good Universities Guide includes ratings on the performance of Australian universities using a broad range of indicators (based on the Australian Graduate Survey results and Government reported data), which examines graduates’ educational experiences and outcomes. To receive a 5-star rating in any category, graduates’ ratings need to fall in the top 20 per cent across all higher education institutions.

Notre Dame achieved 5-star ratings in seven categories: Overall Quality of Educational Experience, Teaching Quality, Learner Engagement, Student Support, Skills Development, Graduate Employment Rate, and Median Graduate Starting Salary.

Reflecting the University’s outstanding achievement in the Overall Graduate Satisfaction category, Carmen Papaluca, who graduated with a Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Honours) in 2015 from the University’s Fremantle Campus, says she chose Notre Dame to continue her PhD studies due to its inspiring, community-minded learning environment.

“As a health professional/researcher I hope to contribute new knowledge about issues affecting young people. Notre Dame's extensive curriculum enabled me to discover this passion, challenging my knowledge and encouraging critical thinking about prevalent health issues in our society,” Carmen says.

School of Medicine graduate from Notre Dame’s Sydney Campus, John Farey, said Notre Dame’s lecturers and supervisors provided fantastic guidance and encouragement. “They’ve mentored me through medicine, and have been wonderful role models for my future career,” John said.

Currently working at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, John said he wanted to combine a research and clinical career to foster the translation of basic science into cutting-edge patient care. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the patient, and that’s been a huge focus of our degree – making the patient a priority.”

Applications for Semester 1 2017 are due 30 September. Visit notredame.edu.au.

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Theresa Kyne: Tel (02) 8204 4141; Mob: 0491 218 852; theresa.kyne@nd.edu.au