Why a Traditional University Can’t Do What ICMS Does

Why a Traditional University Can’t Do What ICMS Does

October 29, 2020

Creating employable graduates rather than churning out graduates with little to no relevant work experience is one of the many career-focused attributes that set ICMS apart from a larger, traditional Australian university.

The uncertain world today is even more focused on education that opens doors and makes graduates employable. As traditional universities try to come to grips with what industry wants, ICMS continues to lead the way in career-focused education by offering a mix of practical and academic learning experiences that traditional universities struggle to do.

Guaranteed, Industry relevant work experience on your CV before you even graduate, smaller classes with personal attention, individual academic support and career-focused individual support are what the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) does so well.

“For almost 25 years ICMS has been industry driven and career focused. Our graduate employment rate is better than the G8 universities, and and we are sure we’ll continue to outperform in this area,” ICMS Chief Executive Officer Rowan Courtney-O’Connor said.

This is what ICMS offers that traditional universities struggle to effectively offer students:

Industry Training / Internships

Industry training is a key part to who we are and what we do at ICMS. Every one of our degree students graduate with industry training; we have a dedicated work integrated team who places our students in real, world internships. Industry training is a subject, it’s a core part of the degree.

Traditional universities try to offer industry placements however, with large student numbers, it is far too complicated to place every student.

Read more about the ICMS Industry Training Program

Personalised Approach

Small classes, whether virtual or face to face, are the norm at ICMS.  The ICMS approach to education is about mentorship and individual attention. Our classes are around 30 in a class whereas traditional universities have hundreds of students in lecture halls. A smaller class size is an environment for academic, personal and professional success. This personalised approach gives prospective students the chance to shine as individuals.

Read more about The ICMS Difference


ICMS students have access to 24/7 online academic support and one-on-one support. The individual attention that students get at ICMS does not stop outside of the classroom. All ICMS students have access to the Student Success Centre (SSC) and help from Academic Learning Advisors who will assist students to develop academic skills and prepare them for the transition to tertiary student life.  Traditional universities struggle to offer one on one support.

Read more about ICMS Support

Preparation for Career Success

ICMS students start working on their career success long before they graduate. The dedicated Work Integrated Learning team prepares students for their internship and graduate employment. From the very first year of study, ICMS students are shown how to prepare a resume, practise interview techniques and gain the necessary knowledge and skills to secure the best possible placement to further their future ambitions.

Read more about Pathway to Success 

Traditional University or ICMS – is Bigger Better?

Bigger is not always better. In this case, when it comes to graduating with a degree that will be attractive to future employers because you already have work experience, smaller, personalised and career-focused, like the education offered at ICMS, is best.

And finally, the similarities…

  • ICMS Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees are recognised in the same way as all the traditional universities. ICMS undergraduate and postgraduate courses are accredited and regulated through the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator.
  • All Bachelor degrees, Graduate Certificates and Master’s degrees from ICMS represent high academic quality in the higher education sector in Australia and globally. Courses offered to international students have the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) Codes which indicate a registered program offered to international students studying in Australia on student visas.
  • Students are able to select an ICMS course in the same way they would select a course from a traditional Australian university – through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).


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