Your QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020: Everything You Need to Know

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Wondering which higher education institutions topped the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020? We’ve got all the details below.  

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 are now live and the university that boasts both full marks and the top spot is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  

Following MIT in second and third position respectively are Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  

Interestingly, while MIT and Stanford also came first and second in the QS World University Rankings 2020UCLA was ranked in 35th place, suggesting that its graduate employability is particularly strong. 

It’s an important consideration as graduate employability is becoming more and more important for universities across the globe.  

Prospective students are thinking proactively about the graduate outcomes they want to see at the end of their degrees, significantly shaping their decision-making journey.  

QS understands the growing importance of graduate employability, which is why there’s an employer component in every ranking we do. We’re the only international rankings provider that includes employability as an indicator. 

For the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020, we included 758 institutions in our evaluation, ranked 682 institutions, and published the results for the top 500.  

These were shaped by responses from almost 45,000 employers, over 40,800 mapped degrees and affiliations of over 29,000 high achievers, considered more than 150,000 employers’ connections with graduates, and evaluated nearly 320,000 work placement partnerships. 

The top 10 higher education institutions for the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 are: 

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 
  2. Stanford University 
  3. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 
  4. The University of Sydney 
  5. Harvard University 
  6. Tsinghua University  
  7. The University of Melbourne 
  8. University of Cambridge 
  9. University of Hong Kong 
  10. University of Oxford  

Like UCLA, many of these institutions have varying ranks throughout the QS World University Rankings 2020 with the University of Sydney ranking 42nd, Tsinghua University ranking 16th, and the University of Melbourne ranking 38th 

For those students particularly concerned with graduate outcomes (like students across Asia), these graduate employability rankings could be a valuable deciding factor when choosing between institutions.  

Universities with a high graduate employability ranking may want to tailor their marketing messages and communications to emphasize this accolade, particularly in certain markets.  

If you’d like to see where your institution appears on the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020, you can read the full report here.

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