"ALARMING" new research shows that one in three Australians is not satisfied with their choice of university or university degree.
A survey of 1000 Australian university students found that 31 percent would attend a different university if they had their time again.
The main reasons given for that choice were the lack of support study, poor curriculum and the feeling that they did not get good value for money.
Other reasons that explain the general lack of enjoyment and the preference to study online.
The survey, conducted by Studiosity, an online study support service, also showed that men were more likely to regret their decision, with 36% wishing they had made a different decision, compared to 28% of women.
Mature and part time students were also significantly more likely to feel that they had made a wrong decision.
Education expert professor Chris Tisdell of the University of NSW, a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Studiosity, said the research was worrisome for the first time. world world try to take pride in its quality education system.
"The fact that almost one in three students was not happy was quite alarming to me," Professor Tisdell told news.com.au.
"Expectations have changed and, as a society, we are more connected than ever and we are more impatient, people are looking for personalized, flexible educational experiences and feel that they are not getting good value for money," said Professor Tisdell.
The biggest challenge facing universities, according to Professor Tisdell, is their inability to offer support to students after hours.
"Learning occurs anywhere, anytime, and many students really need academic support outside regular hours Many students are looking for contact after hours One of the challenges is that universities still operate in the world from 9 am to 5 pm, "he said.
" For example, it could be 9 pm and there will be an evaluation tomorrow and the students are looking for someone to communicate with, but they can not necessarily approach the teachers or tutors because they are not working those hours. "
This problem is particularly serious for postgraduate or middle-aged students who juggle multiple commitments.
"Most students in universities leave school, however, for many universities a key cohort is mature students," said Professor Tisdell.
"Someone could be in their 40s going back to college or studying for the first time, they're busy … they can have a job and a family and they're looking for that flexibility."
More Australians than ever before going to college.
The total number of student places in higher education increased by almost 70 percent
between 2001 and 2014, from around 588,000 to more than 977,000.
That growth is partly driven by foreign students. Countries that pay rates abroad increased their share from less than 20 percent in 2001 to more than 25 percent in 2014.
Most college degrees funded by the Commonwealth cost between $ 15,000 and $ 37,000, but "high-value" courses such as veterinarians and drugs are more expensive and can cost around $ 50,000.
The average one-year full-time study rate for a foreign student studying in Australia is $ 26,908 in 2014.