University of Wollongong scores big in international QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Aaron Lozenkovski. Picture: Paul Jones

Aaron Lozenkovski. Picture: Paul Jones

Aaron Lozenkovski isn’t surprised the University of Wollongong has for the third straight year been ranked in the top 200 universities around the world for graduate employability outcomes.

The recent UOW graduate is now working in his dream job with NEC at the Wollongong Innovation Campus.

But it was during the 21-year-old’s three years at UOW that he helped found the Wollongong IT Society for students.

Lozenkovski, who graduated with a Bachelor of Business Information Systems in December 2016, was also a Google Ambassador during his time at UOW.

‘’I was working part-time with NEC while I was studying but have since secured a graduate position with NEC. I’m very happy,’’ he said.

The results also show that more than 87 per cent of UOW graduates are employed within six months of graduation, above the national average of 82 per cent.

UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings CBE is also extremely happy with the fresh round of data released on Tuesday by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which confirms UOW’s strong position in the graduate employment field.

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings, now in its third year, evaluates the links between university practices and graduate employability.

UOW scored above the nation’s average in the graduate employment rate and partnerships with employers categories.

The university was rated number 73 in the world for graduate employment rates and number 167 for partnerships with employers.

The results also show that more than 87 per cent of UOW graduates are employed within six months of graduation, above the national average of 82 per cent.

Professor Wellings attributed the strong results to the university’s deep commitment to equipping graduates for the jobs of the future.

‘’These results confirm our longstanding ranking in graduate employability and reflect our enduring focus on helping our students achieve positive outcomes as graduates,’’ he said.

‘’Through our internship and placement programs UOW will continue to make our graduates highly sought after by employers.’’

The rankings are determined based on survey responses from over 30,000 employers as well as mapping the degrees and affiliations of over 30,000 high-achievers, assessing 130,000 employers’ connections with graduates and evaluating more than 200,000 work placement partnerships.

The QS results come just weeks after UOW topped the 2018 Good Universities Guide in student experience, achieving a clean five star sweep of all student experience categories.

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