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Monash University top Australian university for world business leaders

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20 October 2011

In rankings announced today by The New York Times, Monash University is regarded the best university in Australia by global CEOs and chairmen when recruiting graduates.

Hundreds of chief executives and chairmen, chosen from leading companies in 10 countries from Europe and the Americas, were asked to select the top universities from which they recruited. Monash ranked 47th in the world.

The number one position was taken by Harvard University, followed by Stanford University and Yale University at numbers two and three respectively.

Monash Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ed Byrne said the results were a testament to the quality of teaching and learning at the University.

“We believe our graduates are known for their academic ability and as independent learners, leaders and innovators. The majority of our graduates find full-time employment within a few months of graduation, often with a higher than average starting salary,” he said.

“Employers and multinational companies actively recruit on our campuses. Many Monash degrees offer industry placements that give our students vital workplace experience while they study. We are an Australian university with a number of campuses around the world, which may also account for our very high profile.”

"Part of the reason for the strong reputation of our graduates is Monash Passport. Monash Passport is more than a combination of programs; it represents the University's approach to education. Passport allows our students to complement their main studies with industry experience, international exploration, leadership and volunteering opportunities, as well as early exposure to research. These, and the many other options Passport incorporates, give students a chance to get out of the classroom or laboratory and meet situations, people and cultures that they would not otherwise encounter,” Professor Byrne said.

Read the full results at The New York Times website.

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