Australia’s high postgraduate degrees are failing to recruit more students, new research shows.
The latest national report by the Graduate Council of Australia and the University of NSW found Australia’s 16 universities had the third-lowest proportion of postgraduate postgraduate students of any tertiary institution in the country.
While the University at Sydney ranked first for enrolment, and the Victorian University of Technology ranked second, the figures show the average number of postgraduates enrolled in universities across Australia is only about 4 per cent higher than the national average.
“There is a need to diversify the student cohort from tertiary institutions,” Dr Simon Smith, a senior associate at the GCA, said.
“We have to give more opportunities to those who want to get into the universities.”
In the capital, the median postgraduate enrolment was 5.9 per cent.
In Sydney, the average was 6.4 per cent and in Brisbane, it was 7.1 per cent, according to the report.
“Our postgraduate numbers are not really competitive, particularly for universities,” Dr Smith said.