20 September 2017
The QS Graduate Employability Rankings are an attempt to measure the value of a university degree in terms of graduate employment and outcomes.
There are five indicators:
- Employer Reputation (weighting of 30%) is based on responses to the QS employer survey included in the world and regional rankings. This year there is a fifty-fifty split between national and international responses.
- Alumni Outcomes (25%) compares the number of graduates in high status position in various walks of life.
- Partnerships with Employers per Faculty (25%) uses the Scopus database to identify universities that have established productive research partnerships with international companies.
- Employer/Student Connections (10%) measures the activities of employers on campus.
- Graduate Employment Rate (10%) is the proportion of graduates in employment twelve months after graduation, excluding those not seeking work or in postgraduate study.
The top universities are:
- Stanford University
- University of California Los Angeles
- Harvard University
- University of Sydney
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Cambridge
- University of Melbourne
- University of Oxford
- University of California Berkeley
- Tsinghua University.
As expected, Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge reach high positions while Chinese and Japanese universities are also doing well with Tsinghua, Tokyo, Peking, Waseda, Fudan, Zhejiang, Keio, and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities making the top fifty.