Graduate employability: top universities in France ranked by employers 2018

French universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018

November 14 2018
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In total, 17 French universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018, 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 écoles” – elite French institutions set up to produce civil servants and technical officers – do particularly well in the employability ranking.

Business schools also feature prominently, including HEC Paris and ESSEC Business School. The majority of universities on the list are located in Paris.


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Top three universities in France for graduate employability

1. 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. It also offers 11 specialised MSc programmes and a PhD programme.

Notable alumni of the university include Louis Dreyfus, chairman of newspaper Le Monde; Jean-Paul Agon, CEO of L’Oréal; and René Proglio, chairman of Morgan Stanley France.

2. École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique was established in 1794 and 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 expected to take an internship during their time at the university to gain some work experience.

3. École Normale Supérieure

École Normale Supérieure is one of the most selective and prestigious French grandes écoles and is a constituent college of Université PSL.

It was initially intended to train a new body of professors but has since become an institution for students to pursue careers in government and academia. The principal goal of ENS is the training of professors, researchers and public administrators. During their studies, ENS students hold the status of paid civil servants. 

Among its alumni are 13 Nobel laureates and 12 Fields Medalists.


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Top universities in France for graduate employability 2018

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2019 results.

France Rank 2018 Graduate Employability Rank 2018 Graduate Employability Rank 2017 University City
1 23 23 HEC Paris Paris
2 30 22 École Polytechnique Paris
3 31 32 Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris (PSL) Paris
4 33 36 Mines ParisTech (PSL) Paris
5 34 27 EMLYON Lyon
6 39 41 CentraleSupélec Various
7 84 70 ESSEC Business School Cergy
8 89 104 Sorbonne University (Faculty of Science and Engineering) Paris
9 97 98 EDHEC Business School Various
10 110 129 Paris-Sud University Paris
=11 150-200 NR École des Ponts ParisTech Paris
=11 150-200 149 ESCP Europe Paris
=11 150-200 90 Sciences Po Paris
=11 150-200 NR Télécom ParisTech Paris
=15 200-250 NR Arts et Métiers ParisTech Paris
=15 200-250 NR École Centrale de Lyon Lyon
=15 200-250 NR Paris Dauphine University (PSL) Paris

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2018

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