A look at the most influential Catholic university campuses in Australia
Fayetteville State University (FSU) is Australia’s most influential university, with over a quarter of students coming from outside the state.
The University of Sydney (NSW) is second with a quarter and the University of Western Sydney (SYD) third.
The three universities are ranked by their total number of students, or students per student.
The figures show FSU, with more than one quarter of the student population, has the most influence among the Catholic institutions.FSU has more than 300,000 students, the largest in the nation, with almost half from overseas.NSW has more students than any other Australian institution, with around 45,000.SYD has about 32,000, followed by Western Sydney with 17,000 and FSU with 15,000 each.
FSU is a Catholic university with the highest proportion of students from overseas at 73 per cent, followed closely by Western and Sydney.FSUS professor of religious studies Dr Andrew Jones said the numbers show the impact of overseas students on the university.
“It means that the university in the long term will benefit from a greater number of overseas people coming to Australia and also the number of international students coming to the university,” he said.
“It’s a win-win for the university and the people coming in from overseas, as well as for the people in Australia who work here.”
The Catholic University of Australia is a private Catholic higher education institution.
Students can choose from a range of degrees including bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, as long as they have a degree.
Students who complete a Catholic degree, or who are recognised as being a member of the Catholic Church in Australia, can then apply for admission to FSU’s faculties and programs.FSSU has been a key centre for international students.
In 2014-15, more than 60 per cent of students at the university were international students, including more than 35,000 from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.FSUs enrolment of international student students is at a record high of more than 7,500.
The Catholic University was ranked in the top ten for international enrolment among Catholic institutions in Australia in 2015.
Students have also benefited from the school’s commitment to diversity.
In 2016, the Catholic University announced that it would no longer use the term “women’s studies” to describe its programs, instead referring to them as “diversity and inclusion”.
“There’s a lot of work going on across the campus,” said Dr Jones.
“It’s very important that we all work together to support this diversity of people and students and that’s really the heart of what the Catholic university is all about.”
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