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Best universities for graduate jobs: Global University Employability Ranking 2022

Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2022

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Going to college or university is about more than just preparing for a career, but choosing the right institution and course can certainly improve your graduate prospects.

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

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The full methodology can be found here. 

These 250 universities span 44 countries, from the US to Japan. Employers voted for institutions both in their own country and around the world, if they recruit internationally.

In some countries, graduate jobs are not easy to come by, but in European countries such as France, Switzerland and Germany, professional experience is built into degree programmes.

France, Germany and China are among the best represented countries in the employability ranking, along with the UK and the US.

Singapore, Japan and the UK each have an institution in the top 10, with Japanese and Canadian universities also appearing high in the ranking.


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Top universities for employability 2022

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In addition to its world-leading courses, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also offers career-enhancing programmes for undergraduates, industry leaders and the general public.

Many companies have significant involvement with college courses and research, often spanning disciplines and lasting a number of years.

MIT students, faculty members and alumni play key roles in entrepreneurial innovations, including developing advanced computer networks, securing venture capital transactions and advancing biotechnology.

2. California Institute of Technology

It’s no surprise that the California Institute of Technology – regarded as one of the best universities in the world – is also a favourite among international employers. Students are admitted on the basis of strong interest and skills in maths, science and engineering.

Not only do Caltech students learn the fundamentals across a range of science and engineering subjects, they also get to grips with the most innovative tools to address some of society’s most pressing challenges.

The student population is tiny compared with other colleges – one of the smallest in the world, with just over 1,000 undergraduates and 1,200 postgraduates. This close community allows for good relationships between tutors and staff.

3. Harvard University

Harvard University is the oldest and arguably the most prestigious college in the United States, with a reputation for admitting and producing highly accomplished students.

More than 30 heads of state have studied at Harvard, and the university also counts 38 Nobel prizewinners and 48 Pulitzer winners among its alumni.

Like many institutions favoured by employers, Harvard has a long history of groundbreaking research and innovation.

Many students undertake extracurricular activities while studying, from sport to entrepreneurial endeavours, which equip them with the essential skills to succeed.

4. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is among the world’s best and most elite universities.

Its history stretches back to the 13th century, when it was founded by Oxford scholars taking refuge after conflicts with townspeople.

Now, its graduates are globally sought after, valued particularly for their specialist knowledge, gained as a result of the personal tuition that is unique to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

5. Stanford University

Stanford University is located in Pasadena, California, right next to the world-renowned Silicon Valley.

In total, companies founded by Stanford affiliates and alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenues, which would be the 10th-largest economy in the world. These firms include Google, Nike, Netflix, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Instagram and Charles Schwab.

Stanford alumni also have founded non-profit organisations such as Kiva and SIRUM.


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Global University Employability Ranking 2022

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2023 profile

Rank 2022 Rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
2 2 California Institute of Technology United States
3 3 Harvard University United States
4 4 University of Cambridge UK
5 5 Stanford University United States
6 8 University of Oxford UK
7 6 The University of Tokyo Japan
8 9 National University of Singapore Singapore
9 10 Princeton University United States
10 7 Yale University United States
11 12 University of Toronto Canada
12 13 Technical University of Munich Germany
13 16 Columbia University United States
14 15 Peking University China
15 11 ETH Zurich Switzerland
16 18 Imperial College London UK
17 17 New York University United States
18 22 CentraleSupélec  France
19 19 IE University Spain
20 21 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
21 32 University of California, Berkeley United States
22 36 Boston University United States
23 25 HEC Paris France
24 48 Carnegie Mellon University United States
25 35 London School of Economics and Political Science UK
26 34 Duke University United States
27 37 Tsinghua University China
28 27 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
29 29 McGill University Canada
30 23 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
31 24 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
32 28 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
33 30 École Polytechnique France
34 88 Arizona State University United States
35 20 Australian National University Australia
36 26 University of British Columbia Canada
37 41 University of Navarra Spain
38 14 Johns Hopkins University United States
39 39 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
40 73 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
41 38 EMLyon Business School France
42 43 Kyoto University Japan
43 31 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
44 53 KU Leuven  Belgium
45 52 University of Melbourne Australia
46 63 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
47 45 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
48 42 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
49 74 London Business School UK
50 40 Mines ParisTech  France
51 56 Fudan University China
52 55 Sorbonne University France
53 62 Technical University of Berlin Germany
54 50 LMU Munich Germany
55 80 ESSEC Business School France
56 54 University of Sydney Australia
57 58 EDHEC Business School France
58 61 Indian Institute of Science India
59 51 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
60 49 Bocconi University Italy
61 60 University of Helsinki Finland
62 57 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
63 47 University of Montreal/HEC Canada
64 130 King's College London UK
65 66 Seoul National University South Korea
66 68 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
67 67 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
68 89 Paris-Sud University France
69 72 University of Zurich Switzerland
70 91 ESCP Europe France
71 69 Stockholm University Sweden
72 97 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India
73 46 Heidelberg University Germany
74 44 Dartmouth College United States
75 59 University of Manchester UK
76 161 Florida Institute of Technology United States
77 70 Cornell University United States
78 82 Monterrey Institute of Technology  Mexico
79 87 University of Science and Technology of China  China
80 65 University of California, Los Angeles United States
81 78 McMaster University Canada
82 71 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Germany
83 75 Brown University United States
84 77 University of Auckland New Zealand
85 85 National Taiwan University Taiwan
86 83 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
87 76 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
88 109 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
89 79 Hanyang University South Korea
90 33 The University of Chicago United States
91 107 Tel Aviv University Israel
92 93 Sungkyunkwan University  South Korea
93 86 University of Vienna Austria
94 92 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
95 84 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
96 81 Leiden University Netherlands
97 98 The University of Queensland Australia
98 94 Free University of Berlin Germany
99 103 Polytechnic University of Milan Italy
100 95 Tufts University United States
101 99 Utrecht University Netherlands
102 102 University of Oslo Norway
103 105 Korea University South Korea
104 118 Yonsei University South Korea
105 104 University of Lausanne Switzerland
106 106 Karolinska Institute Sweden
107 96 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
108 90 University of São Paulo Brazil
109 110 Monash University Australia
110 64 Rice University United States
111 100 UNSW Sydney Australia
112 124 Zhejiang University China
113 111 Aarhus University Denmark
114 112 University of Hamburg Germany
115 115 Texas A&M University United States
116 117 Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
117 116 University of Basel Switzerland
118 108 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
118 119 University of Bern Switzerland
120 139 RWTH Aachen University Germany
121 101 University of Pennsylvania United States
122 122 University of Texas at Austin United States
123 121 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
124 126 Waseda University Japan
125 123 Keio University Japan
126 127 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
127 - Chemnitz University of Technology Germany
128 125 UCL UK
129 128 Ghent University Belgium
130 185 Michigan State University United States
131 154 Arts et Métiers France
132 132 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
133 129 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
134 134 Northwestern University USA
135 144 Autonomous University of Madrid Spain
136 138 Carlos III University of Madrid Spain
137 120 University of Edinburgh UK
138 114 University of St Andrews UK
139 141 University of Buenos Aires Argentina
140 135 Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
141 131 University of Mannheim Germany
142 146 Nanjing University China
143 142 Paris Dauphine University (PSL) France
143 140 Boston College United States
145 146 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
146 153 American University of Beirut Lebanon
147 158 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China
148 152 Northeastern University United States
149 176 University of Cologne Germany
150 113 Georgetown University United States
151 159 Aalto University Finland
152 155 Nagoya University Japan
153 143 Harbin Institute of Technology China
154 162 Indian Institute of Management  India
155 170 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
156 175 École des Ponts ParisTech France
157 160 University of Birmingham UK
158 186 Complutense University of Madrid Spain
159 179 Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
160 167 University of Technology Sydney Australia
161 164 University of Iceland Iceland
162 148 Qatar University Qatar
163 156 Tongji University China
164 163 Osaka University Japan
165 145 TU Wien Austria
166 149 University of Southern California United States
167 - University of Florida United States
168 166 University of Antwerp Belgium
169 172 University of Geneva Switzerland
170 177 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
171 223 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
172 136 University of Alberta Canada
173 157 University of Chile Chile
174 168 Purdue University West Lafayette United States
175 - University of Ottawa Canada
176 174 University of California, San Francisco United States
177 169 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
178 230 Universitat Ramon Llul  Spain
179 181 Abu Dhabi University UAE
180 184 Macquarie University Australia
181 194 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
182 188 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
183 182 University of Victoria Canada
184 228 Wageningen University & Research Netherlands
185 200 American University in Dubai UAE
186 203 Babson College United States
187 196 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
188 193 University of California, San Diego United States
189 - George Washington University United States
189 150 Durham University UK
191 201 University of Waterloo Canada
192 - Toronto Metropolitan University (Ryerson University) Canada
193 221 Penn State (Main campus) United States
194 195 Emory University United States
195 - University of Georgia United States
196 - Université du Québec Canada
197 183 Case Western Reserve University United States
198 - Cardiff University UK
199 189 Sapienza University of Rome Italy
200 216 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
201 - Leibniz University Hannover Germany
202 137 Trinity College Dublin Ireland
203 190 Vanderbilt University United States
204 197 University of Bergen Norway
205 209 Sabancı University Turkey
206 198 Aalborg University Denmark
207 178 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
208 204 University of Bologna Italy
209 207 Queensland University of Technology Australia
210 205 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
211 192 Brandeis University United States
212 206 Istanbul Technical University  Turkey
213 234 Ohio State University  United States
214 202 University of Gothenburg Sweden
215 214 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
216 208 Uppsala University Sweden
217 220 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
218 238 Bar-Ilan University Israel
219 213 Copenhagen Business School Denmark
220 226 Charles University in Prague Czech Republic
221 217 University of Malaya Malaysia
222 211 Stony Brook University United States
223 236 Télécom Paris France
224 228 International University of Rabat Morocco
225 225 Amity University India
226 250 École Centrale de Lyon France
227 - University of Washington United States
228 - Brunel University London UK
229 210 University of Notre Dame United States
230 224 University of Wisconsin -Madison United States
231 222 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) South Korea
232 - Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
233 243 University of Guadalajara Mexico
234 - Bielefeld University Germany
235 219 University of Tartu Estonia
236 240 Skema Business School France
237 230 Brigham Young University United States
238 - Aix-Marseille University France
239 236 Tokyo University of Science Japan
240 - Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) Brazil
241 240 University of Texas at Dallas United States
242 249 Bangalore University India
243 248 Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina Argentina
244 242 Macau University of Science and Technology Macau
245 199 Stellenbosch University South Africa
246 - Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Brazil
247 245 Chulalongkorn University Thailand
248 - Cairo University Egypt
249 - American University in Cairo Egypt
250 - University of the Andes, Colombia Colombia

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