Extremely credible higher education think tank QS has released its 2018 ranking for international universities with the highest graduate employability, with Stanford University retaining the top spot for the second year running.
Overall, the top 10 places were shared between US (5), UK (2), Australian (2) and Chinese (1) universities.
Stanford, with its thousands of distinguished alumni, scored a perfect 100 to claim the top position on the list. It was followed by University College Los Angeles (UCLA) on the second spot with a score of 98.5 and Harvard University was third with 97.9. The University of Sydney kept its graduate employability reputation intact by holding on to the fourth spot (same as last year), while Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) dropped three places from last year’s second to land at the fifth spot.
University of Cambridge, which was judged the second best university in the world recently by Times Higher Education rankings, took the sixth spot on the list, followed by The University of Melbourne at the seventh position. University of Oxford was placed eighth, while University of California, Berkley (UCB) and China’s Tsinghua University rounded up the ninth and 10th spots, respectively. Tsinghua was at the third spot in last year’s rankings.
In total, there are 36 US universities, 14 UK universities, eight Australian universities and 5 Chinese universities in the top 100.
QS Research Director Ben Sowter said the results showed that employability was about more than prestige and selectivity, as institutions that prioritised achieving strong graduate outcomes scored highly, regardless of their prior reputation.
The QS rankings take into account several factors to arrive at the final list of top universities. Aspects like graduate employment rates, employer reputation, partnerships with employers, presence of employers on campus and alumni outcomes get prominent consideration.
Along with the final results, this year’s rankings also details and compares relationships that 500 different universities foster with businesses, besides a look into the number of highly-successful alumni they produce, and the number of opportunities students have to meet potential employers on campus.