11 December 2013
Global Employability University Ranking 2013 puts Oxford top of the world
The University of Oxford has topped an annual global ranking measuring universities performance on graduate employability.
Oxford, which has climbed three places in this year’s Global Employability University Survey, displaced Harvard University at the top of the ranking, while the University of Cambridge (in third), Stanford University (fourth) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (fifth) completed the top five.
The list is compiled by French human resources consulting group Emerging Associates along with Trendence, a German polling and research institute.
It is based on responses from 2,700 recruiters in 20 countries, who were asked which of their local universities produced the best graduates.
There are 14 UK universities in the top 150, with University College London (UCL) (13th) and the University of Edinburgh (15th) joining the Oxbridge pair in the top 20.
However, universities in the US dominate the table, securing 45 places in the ranking overall, including seven of the top 10.
According to Emerging Associates, the performance of smaller northern European countries such as the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries had surprised this year.
In a general way, those universities that specialize in business tend do well, which is understandable, but what is evident in a number of countries is that the universities that do best are those that have managed to adapt themselves to recruiters’ expectations - irrespective of their specializations. The results suggest that student internships are highly valued by employers.