Notre Dame tops na­tional rat­ings

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Waddell

The good news con­tin­ues to roll in for the only uni­ver­sity in north­ern WA, re­cently top­ping a na­tional ed­u­ca­tional sur­vey.

The Uni­ver­sity of Notre Dame Aus­tralia fin­ished in first place for over­all stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence in the Good Univer­si­ties Guide Aus­tralian rat­ings and rank­ings for 201819, de­ter­mined by stu­dent feed­back.

Aside from rank­ing the high­est in the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence cat­e­gory for the third con­sec­u­tive year, UNDA, which has one of its three cam­puses in Broome, came in sec­ond for skills de­vel­op­ment, teach­ing qual­ity, learner en­gage­ment and stu­dent sup­port, and achieved five-star rat­ings for full-time em­ploy­ment rate and grad­u­ate salary. UNDA Broome head of cam­pus Sarah Cordiner said it was a great re­sult for the whole of the Kim­ber­ley, which will ben­e­fit from con­tin­ued ed­u­ca­tional suc­cess.

“This is huge for Broome and Kim­ber­ley lo­cals who have the coun­try’s best ed­u­ca­tion right on their doorstep,” she said.

“It is thanks to the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of our staff to stu­dents that UNDA has been rated as the num­ber one uni­ver­sity in the coun­try for the third year run­ning.

“With ex­cel­lence comes growth, and we are now draw­ing up blue­prints for a ma­jor cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment plan to in­crease our stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion and en­hance our teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“Broome is a highly de­sir­able lo­ca­tion, and the na­tional an­nounce­ment of our num­ber one rat­ing is an op­por­tu­nity to at­tract even more busi­ness, tourism, stu­dents and buzz to our town. 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.”

Ear­lier this year, UNDA ranked first in the coun­try in the Stu­dent Ex­pe­ri­ence Sur­vey for the qual­ity of its un­der­grad­u­ate ex­pe­ri­ence.

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

The Good Univer­si­ties Guide based its rat­ings on sev­eral in­di­ca­tors, mainly com­pris­ing the Aus­tralian Grad­u­ate Sur­vey and Fed­eral Govern­ment-led re­search.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Waddell

Uni­ver­sity of Notre Dame Aus­tralia head of Broome cam­pus Sarah Cordiner.

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