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  • As part of the Young University Rankings, Times Higher Education has created three subset rankings: Generation X (universities established between 1968 and 1985), Generation Y (established between 1986 and 1999) and Millennials (established between 2000 and the present day).

    Each of these subsets are filtered from the Young University Rankings, breaking down how universities fared across the three different age groups. These results were determined through the same methodology used for the THE World University Rankings, although the weightings were recalibrated to reflect the missions of young universities.

    Millennial universities are the youngest of the bunch, set up since the turn of the century, from 2000 until the present day.

  • Employment outcomes

    Each year a national survey of university graduates is undertaken, exploring graduate outcomes and destinations. Formally the Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) but is now called the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is collected from November in a given year and May the following year. These survey results are published on the Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning (QILT) website, with two years of survey data aggregated in the display.

    One of the key measures of graduate outcomes is the percentage of graduates who are in full-time employment within six months of graduating. Excluded from this measure are students who are not seeking full-time employment or students who are continuing study.

    Each university receives a percentage score reflecting the percentage of survey respondents who said they were in full-time employment within six months of graduating. A confidence interval is then applied to this score depending on the representativeness of the sample collected in the survey. This means that if 100 per cent of graduates from that university in that year were surveyed and all responded the actual score would be somewhere in the range of the confidence interval. The confidence interval is shown with the line markers below.

    CDU is shown in the graph in the orange column, compared with all 40 Australian Table A Providers. There are three other Australian institutions with a score in the same confidence interval as CDU. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that CDU is better or worse than any institution in the confidence interval range; but we can say that CDU is in the same range as those institutions.

    On this basis CDU is one of six Australian universities with the top graduate employment outcomes.

    Graduate salary outcomes

    CDU has also ranked as a top national performer in The Good Universities Guide 2018, released in August by the Good Education Group.

    CDU achieved a rating of five stars for ‘overall salary’, with a median graduate salary of $60,000, and ‘overall employment’, with an 82 per cent graduate employment rate.

    The University also received the top employment rate or median salary across six specific fields of study. CDU law graduates are the best paid in Australia, with a median salary of $73,000. The university also took out equal top spot in the teacher education category with Edith Cowan University, at $62,000.

    In terms of graduate employment rates, CDU took out top spot for engineering and technology (92 per cent); humanities, culture and social sciences (88 per cent); accounting (83 per cent); business and management (83 per cent); and science and mathematics (79 per cent).

  • CDU is ranked 91st in the Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2019. There are 35 Australian universities in the THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings in 2018 and CDU ranks 29th among these 35 universities.

    The Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Ranking analysed universities across 38 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The overall ranking features over 250 universities from 13 different nations. 

    The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Ranking 2019; however, the weightings were adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region.

  • Times Higher Education has named CDU in an elite group of 20 universities worldwide (and one of only 3 Australian universities)  labelled as ‘rising stars’.

    Based on a study from higher education consulting firm Firetail, they identified the “Class of 2030” – a new generation of “challenger” universities that are quickly rising in the world rankings and have the opportunity to become globally renowned in the next 10 - 20 years.

  • Overall Impact Ranking  101 – 200
    SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing Ranked = 86
    SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities Ranked = 100
    SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities Ranked 49
    SDG 17 – Partnership for the goals 301+

    In 2019 Times Higher Education introduced a new ranking to capture universities’ impact on society, based on institutions’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This first edition included more than 450 universities from 76 countries.

    The Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings are designed for research-intensive global universities and are dominated by indicators of research excellence. The Impact Ranking aims to demonstrate how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    To be considered for the overall THE University Impact Rankings institutions must submit data for at least four out of the eleven Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under consideration for these rankings.

    • SDG17 – Partnerships for the Goals is mandatory; plus
    • Three or more elective SDGs from the list of non-mandatory SDGs.

    Following a thorough review of each of the SDG’s and the information required, CDU proposed to submit to the following three SDG’s:

    • SDG3 – Good Health and Wellbeing
    • SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG11 – Sustainable Cites and Communities.


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