Graduate employability: top universities in France ranked by employers

The best universities in France for graduate employability have been chosen by local recruiters.

November 16 2016

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2016

Employers have named more than 50 universities in France as the best for preparing graduates for jobs in the workplace.

The ranking is derived from a global employability survey, published by Times Higher Education.

The "grandes ecoles" – elite French institutions set up to produce civil servants and technical officers – do particularly well in the employability ranking.

Mines ParisTech, a grande ecole focused on engineering, comes top of the ranking.

A number of business schools also feature prominently, including HEC Paris, ESSEC and ISC Paris Business School.

The global employability ranking, in its sixth year, is designed by human resources consultancy Emerging with employment research group Trendence. It is published exclusively by Times Higher Education.

Employability rankings by country

- Top universities in the United States for employability
- Top universities in the UK for employability
- Top universities in Canada for employability
- Top universities in Australia for employability
- Top universities in the Netherlands for employability

The top three universities in France for graduate employability:   

Mines ParisTech

For over 225 years, Mines ParisTech has produced world-leading research and educated future leaders in a variety of disciplines.

Class sizes are small and students are encouraged to plan their career in parallel with their academic studies.

According to the university, every student is offered a job by the end of their studies. Many CEOs of top French companies are alumni of the school.

Ecole Normale Supérieure

ENS in Paris prepares students for a wide range of careers both in the public sector and the private sector.

Teaching is focused on innovation and creativity, endowing students with the necessary skills for the workplace.

After graduating, many students take up opportunities in state mining, civil engineering, state administration, business and communication.


Now known as CentraleSupélec after a meger, the university is one of the oldest engineering schools in France.

It describes itself as "leader, entrepreneur, innovator" and puts  a strategic focus on global initiatives, through partnerships, research and courses.

Students can undertake "The Challenge Project" in which they choose to address one of seven major social challenges, including energy, environment, health, information, territorial development, transport and economics. As part of the project they visit conferences, relevant companies and work together with a company on some research.

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Top universities in France for graduate employability

Country Rank



Mines ParisTech


Ecole Normale Supérieure




École Polytechnique


HEC Paris


Arts et Métiers ParisTech


École des Ponts ParisTech


Sciences Po Paris


École Normale Supérieure de Lyon




ISC Paris Business School


IAE Lyon


Université Paris-Dauphine




Grenoble École de Management


Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1


IAE Toulouse


IAE Lille


IAE Montpellier


Pierre and Marie Curie University


Groupe ESC Dijon-Bourgogne


INSEEC Business School


Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense


EM LYON Business School (incl. St Etienne)


Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School


Toulouse Business School


Université Panthéon-Assas




IAE Bordeaux


Paris-Sud University


Groupe ESC Troyes


IGR-IAE Rennes


SKEMA Business School


University of Strasbourg


AUDENCIA Nantes School of Management


EM STRASBOURG Business School


ESC Rennes School of Business


ESDES École de Management


Groupe ESC Pau


IAE Aix-en-Provence


ESCP Europe


NEOMA Business School


Paris Diderot University – Paris 7


Kedge Business School


IAE Grenoble


IAE Caen


ICN Business School


Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble


ESC Clermont - Graduate School of Management




ESSCA École de Management


IESEG School of Management


EUM-IAE Clermont-Ferrand


IAE Perpignan


NOVANCIA Business School Paris

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2016

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