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International student satisfaction high

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Griffith University has again achieved excellent overall student satisfaction scores of above 90% in both the International Student Barometer (ISB) and the English Language Barometer (ELB) 2018 surveys.

Both of the surveys look at the student experience across all areas of the international student experience, from pre-arrival (including satisfaction with agents), through to the student experience on campus and in the classroom, as well as overall satisfaction.

Griffith University’s Internationalisation Strategy sets an objective of being in the top 10 for key dimensions underpinning the international student experience, as measured by the ISB, and Professor Sarah Todd is delighted that this objective is being met.

'Both the ISB and the English Language Barometer (ELB) provide clear evidence that international students at Griffith are feeling welcomed and having a positive experience, both on campus and in the wider communities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We will continue to work with everyone involved in the support of international students to ensure these results are reinforced and are always looking for ways to further improve and enhance the support and services we provide all international students', Vice President (Global), Professor Sarah Todd, said.

'The ISB and the ELB provide important information that we can use to ensure that not only are we leading Australia in terms of the international experience, but also that we are up there alongside the best universities in the world in this regard.'

Professor Todd also noted the contribution made by our agent network in ensuring that positive experience starts right from students’ first enquiries into studying at Griffith.

The ISB showed Griffith ranked particularly highly on both the arrival experience and the student experience dimensions, with 94% of students either very satisfied or satisfied with their arrival and 90% of students happy with their life at Griffith to date, compared with global averages of 89% and 87% respectively.

Students’ satisfaction with their welcome, opportunities to make friends from other countries, and the social activities available when they first arrived, was particularly high. The Griffith Mates, a group of volunteer senior students committed to supporting international students with their transition to life in Australia and studying at Griffith, provide a friendly welcome to thousands of students each year right from when they land at Brisbane airport, and this is an area we are committed to continuing to enhance given its critical importance in ensuring a positive experience overall.

The ELB showed Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) students’ overall satisfaction with living at 94.7%, which compares favourably with a global overall rating of 90.3%. Student satisfaction relating to studying and living at both our Brisbane-based and Gold Coast campus English Language Institutes was positive, with students rating highly the campus environment and GELI facilities.?


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Griffith graduate set for space

Sultan Saif Hamad Al Neyadi, who holds a PhD in Data Leakage Prevention Technology and a masters degree in information technology from Griffith University, has been selected as one of the first two Emirati astronauts to go on a mission to the International Space Station in April 2019.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that Sultan Saif Hamad Al Neyadi was selected from among 4,000 young men and women tested for the UAE Astronaut Programme, which aims to qualify and prepare Emirati astronauts for scientific missions in outer space.


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GELI Conservatorium visit

On 23 August, 55 High School Preparation (HSP) students from Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) visited the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University at the South Bank campus. This was the first of a series of excursions to Griffith’s campuses, designed to showcase the cutting-edge facilities and exciting study areas available to undergraduate students.

During the visit, the students participated in a tour of the practice studios, theatre, costumes gallery, instrument gallery, stage sets and sound technology studios. Playing the grand piano at the Conservatorium was a highlight for several of the musically-accomplished students. Following the tour, the students enjoyed a picnic lunch under the Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank Parklands, and attended a free baroque concert at the Ian Hangar Recital Hall.

The participating students provided glowing feedback, giving insight into their appreciation of exploring the creative life of the University. Further excursions to showcase career and study opportunities at Griffith Health, Griffith Business School and Griffith Sciences are planned in the month ahead.

Griffith partners with the InterContinental Hotel Group to support hospitality students

Griffith has recently partnered with the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) in the IHG? Academy program. This program is designed to help students develop their hospitality skills and provide opportunities for work experience at IHG hotels. The partnership with IHG will further familiarise our hospitality students with the hospitality industry and help improve their employability.
Register now for the Master of TESOL webinar

All agents are invited to learn more about Griffith’s exciting new Master of TESOL program in our webinar on 25 October at 7pm (AEST).

This one-hour webinar will provide you with an overview of the Master of TESOL and offer you a chance to learn about the program structure, courses, internships, recognition of prior learning and how to apply.

Master of TESOL Program Convenor, Dr Rowan Michael, will host the seminar and answer all of your questions in a live Q&A.

Well-trained TESOL teachers are highly sought after globally, and Griffith is excited to help professionals to accelerate their careers in this high-demand industry.

Register now for the
Where will Griffith’s Master of TESOL take you? webinar.
Meet Griffith Business School's Outstanding International Alumnus 2018

Thanuj Goonewardena is thrilled to have been named Griffith Business School’s Outstanding International Alumnus of the Year for 2018. An industry leader in the tourism sector, Thanuj says this recognition of his work is truly humbling. 'I am honoured that Griffith has recognised my endeavour towards humanity, hospitality and design. The Alumni Award is a reassurance of my commitment to create a path for people to do what they do better, and live happier lives.'

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Ascent One quick guide

Ascent One allows agents to manage their locations and users in one convenient and accessible location. It is important to keep your office details and staff contacts up-to-date to ensure students can contact you. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the Ascent One Quick Guide and make any necessary updates.

Griffith News highlights

Griffith alumni 40 year celebration
Griffith alumni came together for the University’s PhD and Doctorate reunion, commemorating 40 years of PhDs at Griffith and 70 years of PhDs in Australia. The Brisbane event brought together PhD and Higher Degree Research (HDR) alumni to celebrate the University’s remarkable achievements and its growing status as a research-intensive institution.


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Yunus Social Business Centre helps Logan look to the future
Griffith University played a key role at the
INNOV8 Logan launch event, as the local community gathered to discuss how to best capitalise on the city’s potential for innovation. Billed as Logan’s ‘official virtual innovation hub’, INNOV8 Logan is a virtual meeting place for startups, entrepreneurs, mentors, businesses, investors and innovation hobbyists alike, to keep tabs on the city’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Logan campus Yunus Program Manager, Ms Celeste Alcaraz, said the University’s involvement in regional innovation among the Logan community is reflective of Griffith’s mission to engage in outstanding scholarship that makes a major contribution to society to produce groundbreaking research.


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