Stanford University is ranked top for the second year running.
Stanford University is ranked top for the second year running. 
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Three UK universities are among the top 20 in the world for graduate employability, according to a ranking by higher education think tank QS.

California’s Stanford University retained its top spot in the ranking, which is in its second year. Meanwhile, the University of Cambridge, the UK’s highest-ranking institution, slipped down a place this year to number 6. The University of Oxford holds onto its place at 8 and UCL enters the top 20 at number 17.

A further three UK institutions make the top 50, with Imperial College London falling nine places to 29, the University of Manchester at 33 and the University of Bristol at 50. The University of Edinburgh slips out of the top 50 at 60.

Outside of the leading 10, where the US claims five spots, the rankings include a relatively diverse range of universities from across the world. Australian universities perform particularly well, with two – the universities of Sydney and Melbourne – in the top 10. The other nation represented in the top 10 is China, although Tsinghua University has dropped seven places this year to the tenth spot.

Ben Sowter, research director at QS, says that the key takeaway from the rankings this year is that “employability is about more than prestige and selectivity”, since institutions which have prioritised achieving strong graduate outcomes score highly, regardless of reputation.

As well as looking at graduate employment rates, universities’ scores are calculated on employer reputation, partnerships with employers, presence of employers on campus, and alumni outcomes. Each category is weighted differently to reflect its importance to students.

The table below shows the top 100 universities with the overall total for 2018.

2018 rank 2017 rank Institution name Country/territory Overall score
1 1 Stanford University United States 100.0
2 15 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States 98.5
3 Harvard University United States 97.9
4 4 The University of Sydney Australia 96.7
5 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States 96.4
6 5 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 96.0
7 11 The University of Melbourne Australia 95.7
8 8 University of Oxford United Kingdom 95.1
9 9 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) United States 94.7
10 3 Tsinghua University China 94.4
11 38 New York University (NYU) United States 92.4
12 7 Columbia University United States 91.7
13 10 Princeton University United States 90.5
14 29 The University of Tokyo Japan 90.3
15 19 University of Toronto Canada 89.6
16 16 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland 89.0
17 24 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom 88.3
18 13 Cornell University United States 87.9
18 Yale University United States 87.9
20 18 University of Hong Kong (HKU) Hong Kong 86.4
21 17 University of Chicago United States 85.2
22 23 University of Pennsylvania United States 84.8
23 11 Peking University China 83.6
24 22 University of Waterloo Canada 83.0
25 27 University of Michigan United States 82.3
26 26 Waseda University Japan 81.8
27 14 Fudan University China 81.4
28 6 Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech France 79.8
29 20 Imperial College London United Kingdom 78.2
30 20 KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Germany 78.0
30 21 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore 78.0
32 26 Northwestern University United States 76.8
33 35 The University of Manchester United Kingdom 76.2
34 30 Duke University United States 75.9
35 41 University of British Columbia Canada 75.8
36 The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia 74.7
37 45 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile 73.6
38 36 Zhejiang University China 73.2
39 37 Politecnico di Milano Italy 72.7
40 47 Delft University of Technology Netherlands 72.2
41 81-90 American University of Beirut (AUB) Lebanon 72.0
42 28 McGill University Canada 71.8
43 25 Brown University United States 71.0
43 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States 71.0
45 61-70 Keio University Japan 70.9
46 33 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China 70.5
47 91-100 Purdue University United States 70.4
48 37 Universidad de Navarra Spain 70.2
49 51-60 The University of Queensland (UQ) Australia 69.7
50 39 University of Bristol United Kingdom 69.3
51 71-80 Boston University United States 69.2
52 71-80 University of Texas at Austin United States 69.0
53 Kyoto University Japan 68.5
54 61-70 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom 68.1
55 71-80 Carnegie Mellon University United States 67.1
55 51-60 The University of Nottingham United Kingdom 67.1
57 48 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan 67.0
57 91-100 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States 67.0
59 71-80 University of Southern California United States 66.6
60 50 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom 66.4
61 Universidade de São Paulo (USP) Brazil 66.3
62 40 Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) Mexico 65.9
63 51-60 King’s College London (KCL) United Kingdom 65.8
64 51-60 Johns Hopkins University United States 65.6
64 81-90 University of Washington United States 65.6
66 81-90 The University of Warwick United Kingdom 64.9
67 40 Chalmers University of Technology Sweden 64.3
68 30 Technische Universität Darmstadt Germany 64.2
69 University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia 63.9
70 42 Technische Universität München Germany 63.8
70 51-60 University of Leeds United Kingdom 63.8
72 101-150 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill United States 63.4
73 34 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States 63.0
74 101-150 Durham University United Kingdom 62.7
75 51-60 The University of Auckland New Zealand 62.5
75 151-200 University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland 62.6
76 51-60 Osaka University Japan 62.1
77 101-150 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Hong Kong 61.4
78 51-60 Technische Universität Berlin Germany 61.3
79 44 Monash University Australia 61.2
80 81-90 CentraleSupélec France 61.0
81 61-70 Arizona State University United States 60.5
82 51-60 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium 59.8
84 32 Australian National University (ANU) Australia 58.8
85 51-60 Sungkyunkwan University South Korea 58.5
86 91-100 University of Birmingham United Kingdom 58.4
87 101-150 Pennsylvania State University United States 58.3
88 71-80 Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) Spain 58.2
88 61-70 Universitat de Barcelona (UB) Spain 58.2
90 51-60 Nagoya University Japan 58.0
90 44 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen Germany 58.0
92 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany 57.7
93 49 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology South Korea 57.4
94 KTH, Royal Institute of Technology Sweden 57.3
94 91-100 University of Alberta Canada 57.3
94 101-150 University of Zurich Switzerland 57.3
97 71-80 RMIT University Australia 57.1
98 101-150 University of Virginia United States 56.9
99 200+ Washington University in St. Louis United States
QS graduate employability rankings 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/sep/11/graduate-employability-ranking-the-best-university-for-getting-a-job

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