The University of New England has been ranked the top public university nationally for the quality of its undergraduate student experience according to survey results released on Wednesday.
Surpassed only by Australia's three private universities, UNE exceeded the national averages in Learner Engagement, Teaching Quality and Student Support for an overall satisfaction rating of 84.1 per cent as measured by the 2018 Student Experience Survey (SES).
UNE also performed exceptionally well when it came to overall postgraduate student satisfaction with their coursework, placing second nationally behind the University of Divinity - a private provider.
In a press release this week, UNE's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, said the survey results validates the university's ongoing work to redesign the mechanics of tertiary education through innovative on-campus and online delivery.
"UNE was established as Australia's first regional university in 1954 with a vision to teach people and not courses," Prof. Duncan said.
"Ever since, and regardless of where they are, our students are our focus: their engagement, satisfaction and wellbeing underpins everything we do. We use forward-thinking online and interactive technologies to bring education to them. And we back it up with ongoing guidance and support.
"The SES results are clear acknowledgement that we are on the right track and that our students value their UNE experience."
More than 280,000 students participated in the national survey with UNE amongst the top 10 universities for response rate.