Graduate employability: top universities in the Netherlands ranked by employers 2018

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

November 14 2018
Nyenrode Business University

A total of 10 universities in the Netherlands 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.

Delft University of Technology is the top university for graduate employability followed by Eindhoven University of Technology.


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Top three universities in the Netherlands for graduate employability 2018

1. 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.

2. 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 an equally wide range of master’s programmes and a handful of executive degrees for professionals.

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

3. Leiden University

Graduates from Leiden University can get in touch with the alumni network for study and career opportunities. They can also advise young alumni on their careers and professional development.

Leiden 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 mentor programme, on which students are mentored by experts in their chosen fields. Leiden organises events, coach 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 2018

Netherlands Rank 2018 Global Employability Rank 2018 Global Employability Rank 207 University City
1 55 69 Delft University of Technology Delft
2 87 96 Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam
3 95 105 Leiden University Leiden
4 96 NR Utrecht University Utrecht
5 128 84 Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven
6 150 NR University of Amsterdam Amsterdam
7 150-200 109 University of Groningen Enschede
=8 200-250 NR Radboud University Nijmegen Enschede
=8 200-250 NR Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam
=8 200-250 NR Wageningen University & Research Wageningen

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2018

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