The latest results from a major national surveys by the Australian Government-funded Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT): the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) reveals that UOW graduates are among the most preferred and satisfied students by the employers.

The Employer Satisfaction Survey provides insights into the quality of education provided at Australian institutions by asking supervisors to provide feedback about the generic skills, technical skills and work readiness of graduates employed in their workplace.

Supervisors of Australian resident and international graduates from Australian universities and non-university higher education institutions participated in 2020, making it the largest Australian survey of employers of higher education graduates.

UOW earned a graduate employer satisfaction rate of 90 per cent, equal with the Australian Catholic University, placing UOW ahead of all other NSW public universities and equal first among public universities nationally.

This ranking maintains and improves on the 2019 ESS results, which placed UOW first in NSW but second nationally.

Over the last three years combined, foundational skills is the strongest and top rated category (94.6 per cent) for the employers where our graduates have achieved the highest score, which was followed by technical, collaborative, employability and adaptive skills.  An indication that our graduates have a clear understanding of basic principles, subject knowledge and strong foundational attributes which are needed for developing important life skills.

This brings UOW’s overall satisfaction score of 89.7 per cent in 2020, making UOW the only public university in NSW to have attained this score. This extends to making UOW an equal first among public universities nationally as well.

This year, a total of 3,430 valid survey responses from direct supervisors were collected across all study levels, representing a supervisor response rate of 45.5 per cent.

Further information about the survey outcomes can be found on the QILT website.