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Our undergraduates named Australia’s most employable

14 February 2017
Most employable students nationwide from the University of Sydney

University of Sydney undergraduate students were recognised as the most employable of any Australian university, during last week’s GradConnection awards.

The University of Sydney was announced as the winner of the GradConnection Top100 Most Employable Students Award at a special ceremony on 9 February.

The award comes as the University prepares to strengthen its offerings even further with the Sydney Undergraduate Experience to be launched in 2018.

“All students enrolled in a three-year Bachelor degree will have the option to earn a four-year combined degree by adding a Bachelor of Advanced Studies. This won’t be compulsory, but we are certain that by 2020 it will be the popular option for most students”, said Professor Pip Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

As part of the new Sydney Undergraduate Experience, every student will be able to build expertise in a second field that can be chosen from across the full breadth of the University’s offerings.
Professor Pip Pattison

“We are immensely proud of the achievements of our undergraduate students this year in the GradConnection Awards. Their success is testament to the depth and breadth of teaching and learning expertise at the University, which we will continue to strengthen in 2018.” 

Established in 2014, the Top100 GradConnection Future Leaders national competition acknowledges Australia’s leading tertiary graduates and students.

Final year students from the University of Sydney were selected among the thousands of applications from across Australia as the winners in a number of categories.

Special congratulations go to our three outstanding students who won individual awards for their accomplishments.

Xueting Wang - Performance Education Group International Student Award

Currently studying a Master of Economic Analysis in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Xueting said the award will help her build more confidence and provide powerful encouragement for her to pursue her higher career goals.

“I hope I can share my stories and experiences with more international students, especially those who are female,” she said.

Why we're transforming our undergraduate offerings.

“I hope to convince them that even though they may face so many challenges or difficulties, it is always possible that they can overcome these and pursue their ambitions.”

Jasmin Jade Hamade – Ashurst Law Award

Fourth year Bachelor of Commerce/Law student at the University of Sydney Business School and University of Sydney Law School, Jasmin believes future leaders need to be resilient and ready to tackle challenges head on.

“The programs offered by the Business and Law Schools are transforming students like me into real, employable graduates with leadership attributes and a legitimate passion to make a difference,” she said.

“Everyone has the potential to lead and the more leaders we have, the better and more productive our world would become.”

Colleen O’Connor – Suncorp Information Technology Award

Suncorp IT winner from the University of Sydney, Colleen O'Connor.

“I could not think of a better course to be in," said Colleen O'Connor. 

Presently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical – Telecommunications), in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, Colleen is thankful for the knowledge and skillset she has accrued through her studies.

“The University of Sydney builds and nurtures leadership skills in its students so that they depart, not just with a degree, but with the confidence to become industry leaders.”

Thirteen University of Sydney finalists contested ten of the award categories, the largest representation of any Australian university.