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.


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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.

CentraleSupélec

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

University

1

Mines ParisTech

2

Ecole Normale Supérieure

3

CentraleSupélec

4

École Polytechnique

5

HEC Paris

6

Arts et Métiers ParisTech

7

École des Ponts ParisTech

8

Sciences Po Paris

9

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

10

ESSEC

11

ISC Paris Business School

=12

IAE Lyon

=12

Université Paris-Dauphine

14

EDHEC

15

Grenoble École de Management

16

Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1

17

IAE Toulouse

=18

IAE Lille

=18

IAE Montpellier

=18

Pierre and Marie Curie University

=21

Groupe ESC Dijon-Bourgogne

=21

INSEEC Business School

=21

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

=24

EM LYON Business School (incl. St Etienne)

=24

Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School

=24

Toulouse Business School

=24

Université Panthéon-Assas

28

ISAM-IAE Nancy

=29

IAE Bordeaux

=29

Paris-Sud University

=31

Groupe ESC Troyes

=31

IGR-IAE Rennes

=31

SKEMA Business School

=31

University of Strasbourg

=35

AUDENCIA Nantes School of Management

=35

EM STRASBOURG Business School

=35

ESC Rennes School of Business

=35

ESDES École de Management

=35

Groupe ESC Pau

=35

IAE Aix-en-Provence

=41

ESCP Europe

=41

NEOMA Business School

43

Paris Diderot University – Paris 7

44

Kedge Business School

45

IAE Grenoble

46

IAE Caen

47

ICN Business School

48

Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble

=49

ESC Clermont - Graduate School of Management

=49

ESCEM

=51

ESSCA École de Management

=51

IESEG School of Management

53

EUM-IAE Clermont-Ferrand

54

IAE Perpignan

55

NOVANCIA Business School Paris

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2016

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