Positive endorsement in good uni guide

Tuesday, 2 August 2005

The University of Adelaide has again received a positive endorsement in the recently released 2006 edition of the Good Universities Guide.

Generally regarded by potential students as the most reliable source for choosing a university and program, the 2006 edition says: "The main campus (North Terrace) has the kind of setting that all universities should have - in the thick of the city action ... a high proportion of undergraduates go on to do honours and postgraduate work."

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha says it's this kind of endorsement that will encourage more South Australians to consider a tertiary education.

"Coupled to this, increased university participation will assist a State Government objective to exceed the national average within 10 years," he says.

The Guide says that most South Australian programs derive their focus from the key academic disciplines and professions. "But at the University of Adelaide, there is also the option to sample something a little bit different with courses such as Gastronomy - taught in association with Le Cordon Bleu - and niche programs in areas such as Animal Science and Molecular and Drug Design."

The Guide also highlights recently introduced degree programs in Optics and Photonics, Space Science and Astrophysics, Media and a combined degree in Arts and Science.

"I am encouraged that we continue to rate highly in the Good Universities Guide," Professor McWha said. "This medium is well researched by potential students and it's crucial our high standards are continually recognised."

As the country's third oldest university, the Guide acknowledges the University of Adelaide as the first Australian university to teach women on equal terms with men and the first to establish a Conservatorium of Music.

The guide also identifies the University's strong international connection. "Adelaide took in its first international students 60 years ago. Its students now come from 88 different countries and represent a range of ethnic and cultural groups. International students comprise 20 per cent of total enrolments," it says.

The University received excellent ratings in staff-student ratios, student demand, research grants, research intensity, positive graduate outcomes and international enrolments.


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