Graduates rate Notre Dame a 5 Star experience

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Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 7-9-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

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The University of Notre Dame Australia has once again received the highest accolade from its graduates in the latest results of an independent Australia-wide tertiary survey.

The release of the 2013 edition of the Good Universities Guide to Australian Universities and Private Colleges has seen Notre Dame awarded five star ratings for the sixth year in a row in the categories of Graduate Satisfaction and Teaching Quality. The publication has also awarded Notre Dame five stars for Generic Skills and Entry Flexibility, acknowledging the strength of its application process.

The guide profiles all Australian higher education institutions providing information on a range of categories relating to the educational experiences and outcomes of their graduates.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said she was delighted with the consistent five star ratings Notre Dame had received from this highly influential publication.

"The consistency of these significant results, particularly in the areas of Graduate Satisfaction and Teaching Quality, is testament to the commitment of our outstanding staff and evidence that we are successfully achieving our Objects which define our University.

"We are delighted to also achieve a five star rating for our entry flexibility. Our admissions process is a distinctive characteristic of our University. We take a comprehensive approach that goes beyond the use of a single score and assesses each applicant on their potential for their chosen course. This is undertaken by looking at their academic achievements to date and a personal statement supporting why they want to study at Notre Dame. Additionally, prospective students are invited to attend an interview. The interview is integral in assisting both the University and the student in determining suitability for study at Notre Dame," said Professor Hammond.

"This begins the pastoral care of our students which continues through to graduation and beyond," Professor Hammond explained.

Pastoral care is at the heart of Notre Dame's Objects. These Objects specify the provision of university education within a context of Catholic faith and values; the provision of an excellent standard of teaching; scholarship and research; training for the professions and pastoral care for its students.

The Good Universities Guide, now in its 21st edition, rates a university's performance on a broad range of indicators and is a valuable resource for students and institutions seeking in-depth information on higher education facilities throughout the country.

The University of Notre Dame Australia follows the tradition and practices of Catholic higher education which, for centuries has offered leadership in university education. With campuses in Broome, Fremantle and Sydney, Notre Dame is committed to a personalised education, underpinned by pastoral care and support for all its students.

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