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European Australian Business : 2008
49 Consistently ranked among the best for quality academic staff and gradu- ate satisfaction, the University of the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities. Located on a strikingly modern and environmentally sensitive campus on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, USC is committed to academic excellence while setting world standards in re- gional engagement. Undoubtedly, one of the key factors in the University’s success has been the high calibre of its research and teach- ing staff. Indeed, USC has the highest proportion of academic staff with Doctoral or Masters qualifications of any university in Queensland - and the fifth highest in Australia.* While the depth of knowledge and experience that comes with this talent is considerable, its value multiplies significantly when combined with USC’s innovative degree programs. Many of the programs have been designed and are delivered in collabo- ration with industry and the professions and can include workplace-based learning opportunities. The underlying principle is that stu- dents acquire skills relevant to the modern world and future employment opportunities. On campus, all students are guaran- teed a high level of personal service and are able to interact with profes- sors, lecturers and tutors and have access to a range of learning support services. This blend of high quality staff, a mod- ern curriculum and technologically advanced teaching resources results in some very excellent outcomes. Australia’s Good Universities Guide 2008 has recognised it too. USC has been awarded the highest five-star rating in three key categories - teaching quality, staff qualifications and graduates’ satisfaction. USC’s popularity is growing on the international front as well with stu- dents from more than 40 countries forming around twelve percent of the on-campus student population. Drawn by the opportunity to study in a safe and affordable environment, free from city pressures, they can also take advantage of the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful beaches, rivers and mountain ranges and its pleasant subtropical climate. Brisbane and its international airport lie just 90 kilometres to the south. Most of the University’s under- graduate, honours, postgraduate and research-based degrees are open to international applicants and are of- fered through USC’s faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, and Science, Health and Education. Full details of the programs and in- formation for international applicants can be found at www.usc.edu.au/ international Apart from its degree programs, USC offers a selection of NEAS accredited English language programs including IELTS Test Preparation, General Eng- lish, Academic English and Cambridge Exam Preparation. English language programs also include an excellent preparation for degree level studies, the Direct Entry English Pathway (DEEP). To find out more about the English language programs, go to www.usc. edu.au/international * (Department of Education, Science and Training Staff 2006: Selected Higher Education Statistics, 2006). USC International University of the Sunshine Coast Maroochydore DC Qld 4558 Australia Tel: +61 7 5430 2843 Fax: +61 7 5430 2836 Email: international @usc.edu.au www.usc.edu.au/international CRICOS Provider Number: 01595D University of the Sunshine Coast USC - International students from more than 40 countries USC offers innovative degree programs queensland