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Graduate employability: top universities in the Netherlands ranked by employers 2023-24

Universities in the Netherlands producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24

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November 23 2023
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A total of eight universities in the Netherlands appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24, designed by the HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals the universities that recruiters at top companies think are best at preparing students for the workplace.

Erasmus University Rotterdam is the top Dutch university for graduate employability, followed by Delft University of Technology.

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Top three universities in the Netherlands for graduate employability 2023-24

1. Erasmus University Rotterdam

Students and alumni of Erasmus University Rotterdam can take advantage of a wide range of career development support, including language training, masterclasses and career counselling.

Bachelor’s programmes span life sciences, medicine, business, economics, law, social sciences, humanities and art, while there is a wide range of master’s programmes and a handful of executive degrees for professionals.

The focus is on helping students achieve their ambitions, whether their aim is to improve healthcare in Africa or start a company within the private sector.

2. Delft University of Technology

At Delft University of Technology, constructive partnerships with companies are valued just as much as in-depth knowledge and cutting-edge creativity. The university aims to transform technological innovations into practical applications that can be used by society.

To that end, academics cooperate with businesses, government and civic organisations, benefiting research projects, students and society generally.

There are two entrepreneurial clubs for students to get involved in and plenty of opportunities for employers to connect with students while they are on campus.

3. Leiden University

Graduates from Leiden University can get in touch with the alumni network for study advice, career opportunities and professional development.

Leiden University helps recent graduates by providing career coaching and networking opportunities. The institution also puts its students in touch with businesses and organisations for employment opportunities.

The university has a mentoring programme where students are mentored by experts in their chosen fields. Leiden organises events, coaching cafes and workshops, and there is a specific Young Alumni Network for alumni up to the age of 35.

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Top universities in the Netherlands for graduate employability 2023-24

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Netherlands employability rank 2023-24 Employability rank 2023-24 Employability rank 2022-23 University City
1 48 39 Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam
2 89 87 Delft University of Technology Delft
3 94 96 Leiden University Leiden
4 105 101 Utrecht University Utrecht
5 118 118 Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven
6 125 126 University of Amsterdam Amsterdam
7 179 170 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam
8 184 184 Wageningen University & Research Wageningen
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