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Global Employability University Ranking 2013 puts Oxford top of the world

Survey ranks universities on their reputation among employers

Man being chosen by employer (illustration)

Compare these rankings to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014


The University of Oxford has topped an annual global ranking measuring universities performance on graduate employability.

Oxford, which has climbed three places in this year’s Global Employability University Survey, displaced Harvard University at the top of the ranking, while the University of Cambridge (in third), Stanford University (fourth) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (fifth) completed the top five.

The list is compiled by French human resources consulting group Emerging Associates along with Trendence, a German polling and research institute.

It is based on responses from 2,700 recruiters in 20 countries, who were asked which of their local universities produced the best graduates.

There are 14 UK universities in the top 150, with University College London (UCL) (13th) and the University of Edinburgh (15th) joining the Oxbridge pair in the top 20.

However, universities in the US dominate the table, securing 45 places in the ranking overall, including seven of the top 10.

According to Emerging Associates, the performance of smaller northern European countries such as the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries had surprised this year.

“In a general way, those universities that specialise in business tend do well, which is understandable, but what is evident in a number of countries is that the universities that do best are those that have managed to adapt themselves to recruiters’ expectations - irrespective of their specializations,” said Sandrine Belloc, director of Emerging Associates.

Ms Belloc added that, in addition to existing methodology, recruiters were asked to put forward “their idea of what a perfect university might look like”.

The results suggest that student internships are highly valued by employers, she said.

Jonathan Black, director of the careers service at Oxford, told Times Higher Education that when students graduated and entered the world of work, they had to be prepared for “a 50-year game”.

“When you graduate at 21 you’re going to have to work for 50 years…We’re trying to educate people for life,” he said.

He added: “We don’t embed employability in the curriculum but what we do as a careers service is talk to employers and find out what they think our students are lacking and then try to supplement [their studies] with extracurricular programmes.”

john.elmes@tsleducation.com

Global Employability University Ranking 2013 top 100

RankInstitutionCountry
1University of OxfordGreat Britain
2Harvard UniversityUSA
3University of CambridgeGreat Britain
4Stanford UniversityUSA
5Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)USA
6Princeton UniversityUSA
7Columbia UniversityUSA
8Yale UniversityUSA
9California Institute of Technology (Caltech)USA
10The University of TokyoJapan
11Technische Universität MünchenGermany
12University of California, BerkeleyUSA
13University College London (UCL)Great Britain
14University of TorontoCanada
15University of EdinburghGreat Britain
16École PolytechniqueFrance
17HEC ParisFrance
18Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
19École Normale SupérieureFrance
20Australian National UniversityAustralia
21Imperial College LondonGreat Britain
22Brown UniversityUSA
23Indian Institute of ScienceIndia
24University of ChicagoUSA
25Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
26Peking UniversityChina
27University of ManchesterGreat Britain
28Universität HeidelbergGermany
29New York University (NYU)USA
30McGill UniversityCanada
31Duke UniversityUSA
32Boston UniversityUSA
33Monash UniversityAustralia
34IE UniversitySpain
35Johns Hopkins UniversityUSA
36University of NavarraSpain
37King’s College LondonGreat Britain
38Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich)Switzerland
39Cornell UniversityUSA
40Mines ParisTechFrance
41London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)Great Britain
42Kyoto UniversityJapan
43Fudan UniversityChina
44University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)USA
45University of NottinghamGreat Britain
46Università Commerciale Luigi BocconiItaly
47Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am MainGermany
48École Centrale ParisFrance
49National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
50University of MelbourneAustralia
51University of British ColumbiaCanada
52Indian School of BusinessIndia
53Carnegie Mellon UniversityUSA
54École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
55University of New South WalesAustralia
56Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
57University of BirminghamGreat Britain
58Dartmouth CollegeUSA
59University of MontrealCanada
60Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGermany
61University of ZürichSwitzerland
62University of PennsylvaniaUSA
63Georgetown UniversityUSA
64Tsinghua UniversityChina
65Université de LausanneSwitzerland
66University of BristolGreat Britain
67Ghent UniversityBelgium
68École de Management de LyonFrance
69Stockholm UniversitySweden
70Northwestern UniversityUSA
71Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
72Eindhoven University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
73McMaster UniversityCanada
74Politecnico di MilanoItaly
75ESSEC Business SchoolFrance
76Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinGermany
77University of CopenhagenDenmark
78University of California, San FranciscoUSA
79London Business SchoolGreat Britain
80Frankfurt School of Finance and ManagementGermany
81University of Southern CaliforniaUSA
82Boston CollegeUSA
83University of GroningenThe Netherlands
84Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
85Brigham Young UniversityUSA
86KU LeuvenBelgium
87University of WashingtonUSA
88Ohio State UniversityUSA
89Washington University in Saint LouisUSA
90Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
91University of California, San DiegoUSA
92Georg-August-Universität GöttingenGermany
93Fundação Getulio VargasBrazil
94Universität BaselSwitzerland
95Karolinska InstituteSweden
96University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA
97University of MichiganUSA
98University of VirginiaUSA
99University of HelsinkiFinland
100Sciences PoFrance

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