The World's Most Employable Graduates: Global University Employability Ranking 2017

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The Global University Employability Ranking 2017 ranks 150 universities from 33 different countries. The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, China, and Switzerland are among the best-represented countries in the employability ranking. 

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Going to university is not about acquiring knowledge anymore. In recent years, choosing the right college or university has more to do with the student prospects after finishing university and their employability. As a result, many higher education institutions are implementing strategies to better prepare students for the workplace.

A new global employability ranking, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published by Times Higher Education, reveals which universities the recruiters at top international companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

The Global University Employability Ranking 2017 ranks 150 universities from 33 different countries according to the perceptions of recruiters at top international companies about the employability of their graduates. 

The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, China, and Switzerland are among the best-represented countries in the employability ranking.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is in the first position, followed by Harvard University, Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Cambridge in the Top 5 higher education institutions for employability.  

In Latin America, the best universities producing employable graduates are the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in the 75th position, climbing 9 positions from the 2016 ranking is Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) in number 101 and in the position number 141 is the National Autonomous University of Mexico. 


Top 20 universities for employability 2017

1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
2. Harvard University
3. Columbia University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
5. University of Cambridge
6. Boston University
7. Stanford University
8. Technical University of Munich
9. University of Tokyo
10. Yale University
11. Princeton University
12. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
13. University of Toronto
14. Peking University
15. University of Oxford
16. National University of Singapore
17. Imperial College London
18. McGill University
19. Tokyo Institute of Technology
20. University of California, Berkeley


To see the full table, visit Times Higher Education website