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Software and hardware systems are an integral part of our lives, enabling us to stream videos, make online payments, play phone games and so much more. Computer Science is at the heart of all this, shaping the world around us through technology.

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The median Computer Science salary is $88,000

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In 2019, there were 665,000 computing jobs compared to just 72,000 graduates

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Computer science jobs are projected to grow 12% by 2028

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Almost 40% of US tech companies are actively recruiting tech candidates

Computer Science involves the study of computers using computation, mathematics, algorithms and more. This involves understanding how computers actually work (hardware) and learning the programming languages that run these computers (software), all while using computing technology that follows algorithms and protocols to process information. By studying Computer Science, you can open the door to a variety of exciting career paths like IT, web development and software engineering.
Computer Science can be a challenging field, but incredibly rewarding if you’re cut out for it. Computer scientists need to have a knack for technology and an ability to creatively solve problems. You’ll also need to be a forward-thinking person with a future-oriented mindset. Contrary to what some people might think, computer scientists aren’t solitary workers - you’ll typically work with a research team that consists of programmers, IT professionals and engineers to develop solutions and products. Most computer scientists work full-time hours in a standard office environment. Computer science roles also lend themselves well to remote working, meaning you might be able to land a role that allows for more flexibility.
Most professionals working in Computer Science hold a Bachelor’s degree. This costs an average of AUD$34,400 per year in Australia, CAD$38,000 in Canada and USD$50,000 in America.

While a Bachelor’s degree is standard, it is also possible to enter Computer Science with only a certificate or diploma under your belt. As an international student, you can choose to complete a short course or vocational program in Computer Science instead, completing your studies in a shorter time period and at a lower cost. As long as you have basic coding knowledge and an ability to work within databases, you’ll likely be able to work your way up in the industry.
Studying Computer Science can lead you down a myriad of pathways. Computer scientists are needed in finance, education, hospitals, the game industry and pretty much everything else you can think of! This also means you can shift roles throughout your career, using your transferable skills in almost any setting. Computer science skills are desperately needed across a variety of industries, which means job prospects will remain strong for those with the right skills. In fact, as our reliance on technology increases, this demand will only grow accordingly. Just think of all the opportunities that could come out of artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and cloud computing!
As the field of Computer Science continues to grow and evolve, so do the career pathways within it. From data science to software development, there’s an endless range of specialisations you can choose to get into. Computer Science professionals can be found working full-time at tech companies and large corporations or working remotely according to their own schedule. From healthcare to software, the sky’s the limit when it comes to applying your Computer Science knowledge.

Computer Scientist


Computer scientists design software and hardware to solve problems, automate processes and improve the performance of existing computer systems. Rather than building new products or systems, computer scientists focus on the transmission of information between people and computers, software or devices. This involves theoretical investigations, database management, computation and numerical analysis.

Software Developer


Software developers are responsible for developing, designing and implementing new software products or updating existing software systems. You’ll need a continuous improvement mindset in order to identify ways to modify programs and update existing systems. A good grasp of a few different programming languages is also needed to excel.

Database Administrator


Database administrators use software to maintain secure databases for an organisation, being responsible for configuration, data backup and recovery as well. This means you’ll be handling sensitive information like financial records, payroll data or customer details. Database administrators also need to have relevant certifications to ensure they can be trusted.

Computer Programmer


As a computer programmer, you’ll write, test and deploy computer program code within software products. You’ll need a sharp eye in order to pick up on any bugs and deploy methodical testing processes. As well as writing and testing code, you may also be expected to create end-user documentation and outline operational procedures, so strong written communication skills are needed too.

Web Developer


Web developers are specialised software developers that work solely on the development of websites or web-based content. Web developers are typically expected to know HTML, CSS, PHP, Java and JavaScript, and will usually specialise in either back end or front end development. It’s also possible to be proficient in both, which would make you a full stack developer.

Top Computer Science courses

Top Universities to study Computer Science

Navitas Ltd

Navitas Ltd

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The University of Wollongong DUBAI

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

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Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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The University of New England

The University of New England

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Canberra Institute of Technology

Canberra Institute of Technology

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Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute

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Holmesglen

Holmesglen

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Monash University

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

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Macquarie University

Macquarie University

THE ranking: 192

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Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia

THE ranking: 601

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

THE ranking: 201

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University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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Deakin University

Deakin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

THE ranking: 301

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Flinders University

Flinders University

THE ranking: 251

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La Trobe College Australia

La Trobe College Australia

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James Cook University

James Cook University

THE ranking: 251

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University of South Australia

University of South Australia

THE ranking: 301

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The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne

THE ranking: 33

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The Australian National University

The Australian National University

THE ranking: 54

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Murdoch University

Murdoch University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology

THE ranking: 193

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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Curtin University

Curtin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

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TAFE NSW Institutes

TAFE NSW Institutes

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

THE ranking: 301

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Griffith University

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University

THE ranking: 201

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Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

THE ranking: 251

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Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)

Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)

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University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast

THE ranking: 601

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The University of Adelaide College

The University of Adelaide College

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UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

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Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia

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Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

THE ranking: 201

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Acadia University

Acadia University

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University of Prince Edward Island

University of Prince Edward Island

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Trent University

Trent University

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Durham College

Durham College

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University of Winnipeg

University of Winnipeg

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St Lawrence College

St Lawrence College

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Laurentian University

Laurentian University

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Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

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St. Francis Xavier University

St. Francis Xavier University

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

THE ranking: 251

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 801

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Seneca College

Seneca College

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Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University

THE ranking: 601

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Algoma University

Algoma University

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Algonquin College

Algonquin College

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Bishop's University

Bishop's University

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Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Brock University

Brock University

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Cambrian College

Cambrian College

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York University

York University

THE ranking: 401

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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

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Columbia College

Columbia College

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Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College

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Carleton University

Carleton University

THE ranking: 601

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Concordia University

Concordia University

THE ranking: 601

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Conestoga College

Conestoga College

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Georgian College

Georgian College

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George Brown College

George Brown College

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MacEwan University

MacEwan University

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Langara College

Langara College

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Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

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Lakehead University

Lakehead University

THE ranking: 801

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Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

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Fraser International College (FIC)

Fraser International College (FIC)

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McMaster University

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland

THE ranking: 601

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Selkirk College

Selkirk College

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Niagara College

Niagara College

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Saint Mary's University

Saint Mary's University

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Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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Queen's University

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University

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University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

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McGill University (Continuing Education)

McGill University (Continuing Education)

THE ranking: 44

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Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

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Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Calgary

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

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University of Northern British Columbia

University of Northern British Columbia

THE ranking: 801

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University of Guelph

University of Guelph

THE ranking: 501

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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

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University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

THE ranking: 301

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University of Alberta

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

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University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

THE ranking: 601

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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

THE ranking: 162

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Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University

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University of Windsor

University of Windsor

THE ranking: 601

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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

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University of Victoria

University of Victoria

THE ranking: 301

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Western University

Western University

THE ranking: 201

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Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

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University of Toronto

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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Douglas College

Douglas College

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North Island College

North Island College

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Lambton College

Lambton College

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LaSalle College

LaSalle College

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St. Clair College

St. Clair College

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Lincoln University

Lincoln University

THE ranking: 501

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Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

THE ranking: 401

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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

THE ranking: 501

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Massey University

Massey University

THE ranking: 601

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Unitec New Zealand Limited

Unitec New Zealand Limited

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

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Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

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The University of Otago

The University of Otago

THE ranking: 201

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Whitireia New Zealand

Whitireia New Zealand

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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

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Study Group - New Zealand

Study Group - New Zealand

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Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic

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Southern Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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University of Regina

University of Regina

THE ranking: 601

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Northern College

Northern College

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Okanagan College

Okanagan College

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Eastern Institute of Technology

Eastern Institute of Technology

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Vancouver Community College

Vancouver Community College

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Sault College

Sault College

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Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College

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Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University

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University of Lethbridge

University of Lethbridge

THE ranking: 1201

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Champlain College Saint-Lambert

Champlain College Saint-Lambert

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Dawson College

Dawson College

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Vanier College

Vanier College

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Cegep de la Gaspesie et des Iles

Cegep de la Gaspesie et des Iles

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Murdoch University Dubai

Murdoch University Dubai

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Alexander College

Alexander College

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CEGEP Heritage College

CEGEP Heritage College

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James Cook University Brisbane (Operated by Russo Higher Education)

James Cook University Brisbane (Operated by Russo Higher Education)

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Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic

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Whitecliffe

Whitecliffe

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Engineering Institute of Technology

Engineering Institute of Technology

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Nipissing University

Nipissing University

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Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

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Georgian College at ILAC

Georgian College at ILAC

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Adelaide Education Group

Adelaide Education Group

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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James Cook University - Singapore

James Cook University - Singapore

THE ranking: 251

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