Notre Dame na­tion’s best: sur­vey

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Stu­dents at the North West’s only univer­sity are pro­vided the best ed­u­ca­tion in the na­tion, a new study has re­vealed.

For the third year run­ning, the Univer­sity of Notre Dame Aus­tralia, which has one of its three cam­puses in Broome, ranked num­ber one in Aus­tralia for over­all qual­ity of un­der­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in the Stu­dent Ex­pe­ri­ence Sur­vey.

The in­sti­tute topped the cat­e­gory with a 91.1 per­cent rat­ing and placed se­cond in learner en­gage­ment and skills de­vel­op­ment, as well as third in stu­dent sup­port and teach­ing qual­ity.

It scored higher than the na­tional av­er­age and was first in the State across all cat­e­gories.

Funded by the Fed­eral Govern­ment, the SES was de­signed to col­lect in­for­ma­tion to im­prove learn­ing out­comes and help fu­ture stu­dents se­lect a place to study.

There are about 160 stu­dents en­rolled in the Broome cam­pus, which spe­cialises in nurs­ing, Abo­rig­i­nal stud­ies, Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and ter­tiary path­ways.

UNDA Broome ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sarah Cordiner pre­dicted the re­sults would pro­vide an ex­cit­ing boost to the lo­cal stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

“Many stu­dents choose their ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions based on their ratings of qual­ity learn­ing and teach­ing, and the lo­ca­tion that it op­er­ates in,” she said.

“There are nu­mer­ous mea­sures of the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing at any ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion, but the ones that are rated by stu­dents are the most telling of all.

“Get­ting this feed­back from our stu­dents them­selves gives us much to cel­e­brate.

“This out­come is the re­sult of suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween all of our teams across all three cam­puses.”

UNDA also fared well in the post­grad­u­ate sur­vey, plac­ing first in learner en­gage­ment, skills de­vel­op­ment and teach­ing qual­ity, and se­cond in stu­dent sup­port and the over­all cat­e­gory.

Vice-chan­cel­lor pro­fes­sor Celia Ham­mond said the re­sults con­tin­ued to high­light the univer­sity’s dis­tinc­tive, per­sonal ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are truly de­lighted to again re­ceive such high praise from our stu­dents about the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

The univer­sity has a cam­pus in Fre­man­tle and Syd­ney, as well as clin­i­cal schools in NSW and Victoria.

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