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10 of the Best Australian Universities for Graduate Employability in 2019

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Australia is home to the some of the best universities in the world, excelling in various fields of study and boasting high graduate employment rates. A total of 18 Australian universities were featured in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019, assessed based on a methodology which considers factors such as graduate employment rate, employer reputation, employer-student connections and more.

Read on to learn more about the 10 best Australian universities for graduate employability, as featured in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019.

10. Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Macquarie University is one of Australia’s leading institutions for higher education, ranked among the top two percent of universities in the world, with a research rate that’s ranked in the world’s top one percent according to the QS World University Rankings® 2019.

It’s also prominently known for its production of much sought-after graduates from all fields of study, sitting in the 111-120 range for graduate employability overall and currently ranking 204th in the world for its employer reputation, as well as achieving a remarkable score for its graduate employment rate, higher than any other Australian university.

9. Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Queensland University of Technology

As one of Australia’s top universities – particularly for its strong industry connections and business relations – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is placed in the 101-110 range for graduate employability overall and comes 140th in the world for its employer reputation, and proudly displays the second-highest score for employer-student connections of all the ranked Australian universities.

Some of QUT’s notable alumni include several politicians and members of the Australian Parliament, as well as journalists and reporters, television presenters, and actors and actresses.

8. RMIT University

RMIT University

Next on our list of the best Australian universities for graduate employability is RMIT University, a globally recognized institution with a highly-regarded reputation in technology, design and enterprise. It places 85th for graduate employability overall this year, and achieves its highest score for the graduate employment rate indicator. Graduates of RMIT University have gone on to pursue remarkable careers in engineering, filmmaking, the sciences and other fields.

7. Australian National University (ANU)


Consistently ranking within the five best Australian universities, Australian National University (ANU) is one of the world’s leading institutions for research and education, ranking 73rd for graduate employability this year, having gone up an impressive 11 positions from last year. ANU graduates have made, and continue to make outstanding achievements across a variety of professional fields, including business, medicine, the arts, and government and politics.

6. University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

University of Technology Sydney

An institution that was established just 30 years ago, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ranks 10th amongst the top 50 young universities in the world, according to the QS top 50 under 50 2019. For graduate employability, UTS ranks 64th in the world and achieves its highest score in the graduate employment rate category at 49th, with the latest figures showing that 78 percent of Australian-resident undergraduates are in employment four months after graduating.

5. Monash University

As the largest university in Australia, Monash University is also ranked in the world's top 100 and is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (an alliance of world-leading research-intensive Australian universities). It offers a vast range of over 150 fields, which focus on subjects such as additive manufacturing, drug development, domestic violence, and sustainable design.

Monash University ranks 59th for graduate employability, up an incredible 20 places from last year, and achieves its highest score in the employer reputation category.

4. The University of Queensland (UQ)

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland consistently ranks among the world's top universities, and is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21 (a leading global network of research-intensive universities), as well as a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight coalition. For graduate employability, UQ ranks 48th in the world this year, with the third-highest score in Australia for the partnerships with employers indicator.

3. The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Established in 1949, the University of New South Wales is one of the world's top universities for teaching and research, with an international alumni community of 250,000.

UNSW students and graduates are the top choice for some of Australia's most noteworthy employers, which means the university ranks 24th this year for employer reputation and 28th for graduate employability overall. It also achieves the second-highest score in Australia for alumni outcomes, having educated successful figures such as Rebel Wilson, current Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, and billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.

2. The University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Based in Australia's 'cultural capital' and the alma mater of an impressive alumni that includes four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general, the University of Melbourne ranks consistently among the world's best universities and number one in Australia.

Given its internationally famed reputation and noteworthy graduates, the University of Melbourne currently ranks sixth in the world for graduate employability, achieving very high scores across the five indicators. It scores the highest in the country for employment reputation and the second-highest for alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers, and graduate employment rate.

1. The University of Sydney

University of Sydney

Concluding our look at the best Australian universities for graduate employability, the University of Sydney is ranked fifth in the world and first in the country in 2019, holding on to its top spot. Established in 1850, it was Australia's first university and today offers applicants more than 400 fields of study. As well as coming first overall in the country, Sydney boasts the strongest scores in Australia for three of the five indicators: employer-student connections (for which it’s ranked 12th in the world), partnerships with employers (14th) and alumni outcomes (27th).

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Written by Belkis Megraoui
A former content writer for TopUniversities.com, Belkis published a range of articles for students and graduates across the globe. She has a zeal for history and a natural flair for the arts and sports. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Communication with Journalism from the University of Hertfordshire and is a native speaker of the Arabic language.

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