The role of University reputation in finding better employment
A recent research by an international league table has shown the correlation between university reputation and the better job opportunities. The Graduate Employability Rankings has concluded from the views of 42,000 employers that certain universities impress graduate recruiters in selecting fresh graduates. In this survey, the employers were asked where they would find the potential “competent, innovative and effective” graduates. Based on the findings of this research, the US universities took the top four places, with MIT, Stanford, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Harvard, whose graduates are seen as the most sought after.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is highly reputed for technology and innovation and well known for its former students such as the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, and Amar Bose, the sound engineer and billionaire founder of the audio equipment firm.
The reputation of Stanford which takes the second place depends on its status as the academic cradle of much Silicon Valley technology research, with former students including Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Netflix founder Reed Hastings.
Two universities of Australia, the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne have also gained employability reputation and take fifth and sixth places respectively.
This league table shows Australia’s rise in employability, with the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne in fifth and sixth places.
While considering the universities in the UK, the league table has found that Cambridge is the highest UK-ranked University in seventh place, with Oxford in 10th. University College London is in 18th place.
Chinese universities have also gained positive reputation due to its economic rise which is reflected in Tsinghua University taking ninth place and the University of Peking appears in 20th place.
Finally, the league table has concluded from the top 500 universities for employability, 102 are from Asia, catching up on 144 from Western Europe. The United States has 83 universities in the top 500, including 13 of the top 30.
How students prefer to select the suitable university?
According to Ben Sowter, the research director at QS, it is not necessary that universities having good reputation of big global research may attract students for enrollment. On the other hand, the major concern of students while selecting a suitable university is “the likelihood that their prospective university will help them thrive afterwards”
Top 30 for employability
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
2. Stanford University, US
3. University of California, Los Angeles, US
4. Harvard University, US
5. University of Sydney, Australia
6. University of Melbourne, Australia
7. University of Cambridge, UK
8. University of California, Berkeley, US
9. Tsinghua University, China
10. University of Oxford, UK
11. New York University, US
12. University of Toronto, Canada
13. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
14. Yale University, US
15. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
16. Princeton University, US
17. Columbia University, US
18. University College London, UK
19. University of Tokyo, Japan
20. Peking University, China
21. Cornell University, US
22. University of Chicago, US
23. Seoul National University, South Korea
24. University of Pennsylvania, US
25. University of Michigan, US
26. (equal 25th) University of Waterloo, Canada
27. Fudan University, China
28. Waseda University, Japan
29. University of New South Wales, Australia
30. Ecole Polytechnique, France