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Educational excellence accelerates graduate employment opportunities

20 January 2016
The relationship between a university education and performance in the workplace explained

How do the University's education initiatives in the 2016-20 Strategic Plan address and respond to the demands of the modern workplace?

We know that University of Sydney graduates are among the most sought-after in the world.
Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor

The University of Sydney today took up the debate on the relationship between a university education and performance in the modern workplace. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison said the education initiatives in the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan address and respond to the demands of the contemporary workplace while maintaining the highest quality of education offered by the University of Sydney.

“We have recognised that graduates not only need to possess well-developed analytical and problem solving skills traditionally developed through a university degree but they also need the skills to work collaboratively and creatively across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.  In increasingly dynamic workplaces and community settings, they need, too, the skills to lead positive change,” said Professor Pattison.

“The University of Sydney is developing a new degree curriculum that builds these broader skills and ensures that our degrees continue to provide an outstanding preparation for students’ future careers.”

Evidence that employers throughout the globe are already seeking the unique qualities and skills of University of Sydney graduates can be seen in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings

The University of Sydney topped the list of Australian universities in the inaugural QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016, and was also rated in the top 15 globally with a rank of 14.

“We know that University of Sydney graduates are among the most sought-after in the world. We are redeveloping our curriculum to ensure that this remains the case and that we will add to the countless success stories of our graduates,” said Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.

From pioneering prime ministers to social justice campaigners, the University of Sydney attracts the brightest minds to some of the most competitive courses offered in the higher education sector.

“It is not a coincidence that our graduates go on to make a profound difference to society. Rather it is because of the unique and challenging education offered by the University of Sydney that our graduates have gone on to such success," said Dr Spence.

“Shaping our education strategy to deliver a distinctive Sydney education, and equip our students to deal effectively with the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace has never been more imperative."