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Australian universities survey shows student experience on the up

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

The results of the Australian Government’s 2022 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) student experience and international student experience surveys have been released today and show encouraging trends, said Federal Minister for Education, Jason Clare.

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.

“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,” said Minister Clare.

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

The Minister said, however, that the impacts of COVID-19 were still being felt bu Australia’s education sector.

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

Other key findings include:

  • The rating international students gave to the quality of their entire educational experience rose 7% to 74%.
  • Domestic students rated the quality of their entire educational experience at 76%, up from 74%.
  • Female students rate their experience higher (77%) than male students (74%).
  • Students aged over 40 rates their experience higher (81%) than those under 40.
  • International undergraduate students rated their overall living experience in Australia highly, with 94% of international students rating 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 per cent), veterinary science (81%) and rehabilitation (82%) rated their overall experience highest. 

The full results from the 2022 Student Experience Survey and the 2022 International Student Experience Survey can be found at the QILT website www.qilt.edu.au.

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