90 percent of UC graduates employed or studying

18 December 2013

The University of Canterbury is committed to producing graduates who are fully suitable for employment and for careers that will make a difference to New Zealand.

The University of Canterbury is committed to producing graduates who are fully suitable for employment and for careers that will make a difference to New Zealand.

UC’s latest graduate survey (of 2012 graduates) released today confirms this with 90 percent of graduates either employed or continuing with their studies, UC Student Services and Communications Director Lynn McClelland says.

Of the 1034 graduates who were working full time, 85 percent indicated they were either working in their ideal employment or were stepping in the right direction. About 80 percent of this cohort reported that their current employment either met or exceeded their expectations. The survey had a 49 percent response rate.

"Initial indications suggest UC will increase its number of students next year as the Canterbury recovery and rebuild takes shape. In 2013, more than 40 percent of all UC students participated in service or work-integrated engagements through academic courses, running student clubs or volunteering in the community, enhancing employability skills and attributes sought by industry

"The graduate survey result is an outstanding achievement for a University ranked among the top three percent in the world, according to the latest QS rankings.

"A significant increase in jobs is expected in the region as the Canterbury rebuild steps up, which is an opportunity few cities in the world ever have.  

"UC has already spent $160 million this year as it revamps buildings on campus and we are expected to spent $1.1 billion on remediation over the next 10 years. UC is an exciting part of the rebuild, and as our student numbers begin to grow we enter an exciting phase of the post-quake process.

"There are many opportunities for UC graduates and students to take an active part in shaping the city’s future. Christchurch is destined to be the most exciting city in Australasia for the next decade," McClelland says.

The survey looked at graduates about six months after leaving the University to gain a better understanding of employment patterns and occupations, and to identify areas where the University could better prepare graduates for their careers and further education. A total of 78 percent of graduates from the field of technology and engineering were employed full-time.


For further information please contact:
Kip Brook
Media Consultant
Student Services and Communications
University of Canterbury
Ph: (03) 364 3325
Mobile: 027 5030 168