Most of us are familiar with the universities that dominate the University Ranking lists – Oxford, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge; all the usual suspects. But for adventurous students open to a challenging global experience, it’s worth considering a new generation of world-class institutions.
Young universities, established less than 50 years ago, are rising up the ranks and challenging the longstanding positions of more established institutions. Often excelling in research and practical learning, these higher education institutes are renowned for their dynamic and innovative approach to higher learning.
These are the institutions that will be the next generation of Harvards and MITs.
Graduates of these young universities are geared for a position in today’s ever-changing workplace. Less focused on traditional scholarship and more oriented towards helping students build practical skills they can use in the workforce, students already have one foot in the door of employment once graduation day rolls around.
Often working hand-in-hand with industry and business, students learn real-world solutions to real-world problems, and create technological advances with immediate and direct commercial outcomes.
Given that most young universities are started from scratch with the explicit purpose of creating world-class institutions, the standard of education is generally remarkably high with tailored curricula to reflect best-practice in the field.
Australia is one of the leading countries for young universities, being home to 23 of the top 200 in the world, according to Times Higher Education (THE).
With its world-class beaches, outdoor lifestyle, laid-back appeal and diverse multiculturalism, Australia makes the perfect destination for any international student seeking a fresh adventure. It is also home to seven out of the top 100 Best Student Cities according to QS Top Universities.
Here are 3 of the best young universities in Australia…
Located in the stunning state of Queensland, this top-ranking university is not only a fantastic place to expand your knowledge, but also to expand your worldview and satisfy your wanderlust. Surrounded by some of the world’s most captivating destinations, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands, the Gold Coast, and, of course, bustling Brisbane where QUT is based.
The state capital is the perfect city for any international students seeking an adventure away from their home country. Boasting a multicultural population of around 2.12 million, with 25 percent of these residents originally hailing from overseas, Brisbane is famous for its sophisticated city galleries, rooftop bars and flourishing cultural scenes.
Ranked second-best young university in Australia and 24th best in the world by the prestigious Times Higher Education in 2017, QUT is a pioneer in the young university scene, hosting the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit in April this year making it the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to hold such an honour. The University also hosted the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp that gathered more than 120 motivated entrepreneurs from 38 countries, whittled down from over 6,000 competitors.
QUT prides itself on being a research hub with a stellar global reputation. One hundred percent of their research was considered world-standard or above under the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia assessment framework.
As part of their research initiative, QUT teams up with notable international partners in the pursuit of knowledge, including Smart Skies, Solar Powered Nano Sensors Project, and the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities.
As a home to cutting-edge technology, QUT is also Australia’s first university to use Pepper, the world’s first personal humanoid robot that can recognise emotions, as part of their social robotics research platform.
“The degree to which social robots could change society is the basis of our new research program,” QUT roboticist Belinda Ward said. “What we learn from human-computer interactions with Pepper will inform the next generation of service robots, building an effective social component into their task-oriented programming.” Read the full profile…
Ranked 8th in the world by QS World University Rankings, UTS has impressive teaching and research standards.
An integrated approach to research and learning means students here are not only engaged with the research the University’s academics are carrying out, but also with inquiry-based approaches to research. Graduates are, therefore, equipped with knowledge of cutting-edge practice informed by the future needs of industry and the UTS’s community partners. This ensures graduates are fully-equipped with the tools needed to become the next generation of professionals and researchers who can be at the forefront of global society and lead the movement for change.
The integrated approach has earned UTS a reputation for producing highly-employable graduates. The creative learning process combines academic rigour with innovative technology in a highly practice-oriented environment. Students are given integrated exposure to professional practice throughout their degree via a diverse set of practice-related experiences.
Opportunities include internships, work placements in industry, projects for community organisations, high-level industry engagement, simulations and role-plays, and use of innovative technologies in practice-based scenarios. By making practical learning central to all courses, UTS ensures students are relevant and prepared to enter the dynamic global workplace.
This exposure to industry means students are introduced to the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills in their field, while also being able to start building networks for future employment.
UniSA is a globally-connected university with staff and students from over 90 countries and more than 2,000 industry and professional relationships supporting student internships, research and community engagement.
As a university of enterprise, UniSA maintains strong links with industry. Close connections in both the public and private sectors mean students get to work in partnership with a diverse range of businesses and institutions while creating and applying knowledge to real-world situations.
A perfect example of this commitment is the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) a strategic partnership between UniSA, the South Australian Government and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, supporting technology-based incubation and business growth.
Using UniSA’s expertise in business growth, commercialisation and technology, the ICC supports students through the entrepreneurial process from initial idea to successful thriving business.
The Uni prides itself on making a difference locally, nationally and internationally through a diverse range of community connections in culture, health and sport. Collaborations are with numerous museums and galleries, as well as a wealth of community health clinics at which postgraduate students conduct examinations and treatment under the guidance of experienced and qualified staff.
UniSA offers degree programs across a wide range of subjects including business and law, education, arts and social sciences, health sciences, and information technology, engineering and the environment, with a total of 88 percent of graduates being satisfied with the quality of their programme.
On average over the past five years, 90 percent of UniSA who pursue full-time work are employed in a professional occupation within four months of completing their degree.
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