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Universidad de Navarra named Spain’s best university for graduate employability

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education analysts and compilers of the QS World University Rankings (WUR), have today released the 2019 edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings (GER).


The rankings offer students, parents, and policymakers with comparative data on 500 universities, according to their ability to provide their students with a successful career. They are compiled according to a methodology that acknowledges that the relationship between university choice and career outcomes cannot be adequately captured by earnings data or graduate employment rate figures.


This edition indicates that Spain’s leading university for the career-minded student is, once again, the Universidad de Navarra. It ranks 61st, down 13 places year-on-year. The full dataset indicates that, among continental European nations, only Germany (4) has more top-100 universities than Spain when career preparation, employer engagement, and employer repute are the metrics used for evaluation.


What are the key takeaways?


• Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) IS the world-leader for the first time, deposing Stanford University (2nd) at the top;
• Universities in California, Asia, and Australia enjoy especial success, with Californian and Australian institutions accounting for five of the top ten;
• Spain’s other top-100 universities are the Universitat de Barcelona (82nd, up from 88th) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (92nd, up from the 121-130 category);
• One major contributor to Spain’s strong performance is the willingness of the nation’s universities to form research and work placement partnerships with employers. Seven Spanish universities achieve a top-100 score for Partnerships with Employers – more than any other continental European nation;
• In total, six Spanish universities improve their position, while only three drop. Four see their position unchanged year-on-year, while Universitat Ramon Llull (251-300 category) is a new entrant.


QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019: Global Top 10
2019 Rank 2018 Rank WUR Rank Institution Location

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | United States
2. Stanford University | United States
3. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) | United States
4. Harvard University | United States
5. The University of Sydney | Australia
6. The University of Melbourne | Australia
7. University of Cambridge | United Kingdom
8. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) | United States
9. Tsinghua University | China
10. University of Oxford | United Kingdom


How were the rankings compiled?


QS use five indicators to compile the GER:


1. Employer Reputation (30% of final score): Where are employers hiring the best graduates from? QS surveyed 42,000 employers to find out;


2. Alumni Outcomes (25%): Which universities produce world-leaders in their field? QS used alma mater data for over 28,000 highly successful individuals to work out where you should go if you want to rule the world;


3. Partnerships with Employers per Faculty (25%): This measures institutional employer engagement: how many research partnerships and internship/placement opportunities does a university have? It is adjusted by the number of faculty so as to not bias the ranking in favour of large universities;


4. Employer-Student Connections (10%): How many individual employers have been physically present on a university’s campus over the last 12 months?


5. Graduate Employment Rate: What proportion of this university’s graduates are employed 12 months after graduating? QS adjust to account for national economic conditions, so that universities aren’t penalised for operating in struggling economies, or unduly beneficiaries of thriving ones.


QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019: Spanish Entrants
2019 Rank 2018 Rank 2019 QSWUR Institution

1. Universidad de Navarra
2.Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
3. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
4. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
5. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
6. Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
7. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
8. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
9. Universidad de Alcalá
10. Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
11. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
12. Universitat Ramon Llull
13. Universitat de Valencia
14. Universitat Pompeu Fabra


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Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “Rises in tuition fees and an ever-more-competitive job market are making students ever-more-concerned about the likelihood that their prospective university will help them thrive afterwards. This ranking is designed to empower them to make more informed choices, and indicates that those universities that have excellent research profiles and global reputations aren’t always those that do most to nurture student employability.”
“It’s also important that students have the opportunity to meet prospective employers, and work placement and research placement partnerships are one way of giving students crucial career connections. It’s clear from this year’s results that Spanish universities are endeavouring to forge these relationships, and are rewarded accordingly by their ranking positions.”

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