Graduate employability: top universities in France ranked by employers

French universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017

November 16 2017
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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.

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

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Top three universities in France for graduate employability  

1. École Polytechnique

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. 

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Top universities in France for graduate employability 2017

Global Employability 2017 Rank France Rank 2017 University 
22 1 École Polytechnique
23 2 HEC Paris
32 4 École Normale Supérieure
36 5 Mines ParisTech
41 6 CentraleSupélec
70 7 ESSEC Business School
90 8 Sciences Po
98 9 EDHEC
104 10 Pierre and Marie Curie University
129 11 Paris-Sud University
149 12 ESCP Europe

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2017

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