Notre Dame has once again been ranked as Sydney’s leading university after receiving five-star ratings from graduates in a record seven categories in The Good Universities Guide 2017.
According to the guide, published on 26 August, Notre Dame was ranked among the top five universities around Australia.
It is the 10th consecutive year the university has achieved top results from the guide, which builds on the outstanding Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results published earlier this year.
“The results affirm Notre Dame’s position as a leading Australian university for students, validates our recent accolades and shows a consistency of excellence,” said senior deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Hayden Ramsay.
“Notre Dame gives transparent consideration to a range of factors when making admissions decisions.
“Our admissions philosophy has never focused solely on ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank), but on the whole person. This contributes to excellent fit between student and course, and optimises chances of high-satisfaction and strong motivation.”
Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said the university was delighted graduates valued 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.”
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 five-star rating in any category, graduates’ ratings need to fall in the top 20 per cent across all higher education institutions.
Notre Dame achieved five-star ratings in seven of eight categories, including teaching quality, graduate employment rate, and median graduate stating salary.
Medicine graduate John Farey said Notre Dame’s lecturers and supervisors provided fantastic guidance and encouragement.
“They’ve mentored me through medicine, and 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.”