In total, 12 French universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals which universities recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.
The "grandes ecoles" – elite French institutions set up to produce civil servants and technical officers – do particularly well in the employability ranking.
École Polytechnique, a grande ecole focused on engineering, science and maths comes top of the ranking.
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École Polytechnique was established in 1794 and also previously served as a military academy under Napolean I in 1804. Although it is no longer a military academy, the university is still supervised by the French Ministry of Defence.
The university focuses on teachings in science and engineering but students can also take courses in humanities, social sciences, languages and sports.
Students are also expected to take an internship during their time at the university to gain some work experience.
2. HEC Paris
HEC Paris is an international business school set up in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The university's flagship course is a master's in management as well as providing 11 specialised MSc programmes and a PhD programme.
Notable alumni of the university include Louis Dreyfus, the chairman of newspaper Le Monde, Jean-Paul Agon CEO of L’Oréal and René Proglio the chairman of Morgan Stanley France.
EMLYON is a French business school located in Lyon. The university has five campuses with three in France, one in Shanghai and one in Morocco.
Teaching at the university focuses on three areas: internationalisation, entrepreneurship and social responsibility.
Notable alumni include Stephane Bern, a journalist, radio host and French TV presenter, Brice Fournier an actor and André Ferrand a French politician.
Top universities in France for graduate employability 2017
|Global Employability 2017 Rank||France Rank 2017||University|
|32||4||École Normale Supérieure|
|70||7||ESSEC Business School|
|104||10||Pierre and Marie Curie University|