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  • CDU is ranked 301/351 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE). There are 35 Australian universities included in THE and CDU is ranked equal 17th alongside five other Australian universities ranked at 301/351; which puts CDU in the top 19 universities in Australia (out of a total of 40 Australian universities).

    There are just over 23,000 higher education institutions (universities) in the world, which based on the THE ranking puts CDU in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

    The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

  • CDU is ranked 34th in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017. There are 23 Australian universities in the THE Young University Rankings in 2017 and CDU ranks 5th among these 23 universities.

    The Times Higher Education Young University Ranking is a ranking of the top 200 universities under 50 years old. It celebrates young universities that have made a great impact on the global stage in years rather than centuries and showcases the future rising university stars.

    The table uses the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship Times Higher Education World University Rankings - measuring institutions on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and knowledge transfer - but the methodology has been re-calibrated to give less weight to reputation.

  • CDU is ranked =38th in the Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2017. There are 35 Australian universities in the THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings in 2017 and CDU ranks 13th 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 243 universities from 13 different nations.

    The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, however the weightings were adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region.

  • 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 below graph in the orange column, compared with all 40 Australian Table A Providers. There are six 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 seven 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 2016 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 (96 per cent); humanities, culture and social sciences (81 per cent); psychology (73 per cent); and science and mathematics (79 per cent).

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

    This comes based on a study from higher education consulting firm Firetail, who 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.

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