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Central Queensland University has ranked 2nd for graduate employment in the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey.

The university recorded an 83.4 per cent employment rate for students four months following graduation, compared with an average of 68.9 per cent across all institutions.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the ranking was a great achievement for the region and highlighted the educational opportunities available across Capricornia.

“Central Queensland University is a vital part of our community and I congratulate them for this exceptional result,” Ms Landry said.

“They are demonstrating to people in regional Australia that a university education is a viable option and delivers excellent employment outcomes.

“Graduates are then more likely to stay within our community and continue to deliver positive outcomes for the economy and society more broadly. That’s why our Government is committed to boosting university participation in regional Australia.”

Australia’s regional universities outranked their capital city counterparts for full-time graduate employment four months after graduation, the survey showed.

Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said the 2021 survey showed regional universities are performing well and clearly meeting the needs of employers and students.

“Many graduates from regional universities have completed degrees that prepare them for career paths and equip them with the skills that are in high demand by employers,” Minister McKenzie said

“These results also demonstrate that our regional universities have become centres of excellence in specialised fields and as a result are attracting the highest calibre of students.”

Graduates with strong vocational outcomes include Pharmacy, 95.0 per cent, Engineering, 80.3 per cent and Teacher Education, 79.1 per cent.

The full 2021 Graduate Outcomes Survey is available on the QILT website.

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