Good news for Australia’s universities

Good news for Australia’s universities

The quality of the educational experience for both international and domestic undergraduate students at Australian universities has improved since the pandemic, according to a national survey.

The results of the 2022 student experience and international student experience survey show encouraging trends, although the impacts of COVID-19 are still being felt.

The two annual surveys collect data from students across 141 higher education providers, including 42 universities.

According to the surveys, the quality of Australian educators has been recognised with international students recording an all-time high rating for teaching quality at 80%, on par with domestic students.

Universities are also delivering well on their academic promises, with international students rating the quality of their entire educational experience more highly, at 74% (a 7% increase from last year), while domestic students rated the quality of their entire educational experience at 76%, up from 74%

Other key findings:

  • Female students rate their experience higher (77%) than male students (74%).
  • Students aged over 40 rates their experience higher (81%) than those under 40.
  • Ninety-four percent of international students rated their living experience positively
  • International students rated personal safety and security as the main reason for studying in Australia at 96%
  • Students studying agriculture and environmental studies (84%), veterinary science (81%) and rehabilitation (82%) rated their overall experience highest.

 “It’s great to see the high quality of teaching at Australian universities be recognised by both international and domestic students. It’s a testament to the hard work of our educators,” Federal Education Minister Jason Clare said.

“The results underscore Australia’s great reputation for delivering high quality education.”