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Top 10 Universities for Graduate Employability in 2019

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The 2019 edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings has finally been published, and the long-awaited list of the best universities for graduate employability is now at your fingertips.

For graduate employability, universities are measured according to a methodology which highlights important employability factors such as employer reputation, alumni outcomes, graduate employment rate, and more.

Read on to learn more about these top 10 universities for graduate employability, listed from 10th to first place…

10. University of Oxford

Situated in the medieval city of Oxford and famed for its academic prestige and excellence, the University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It consistently ranks in the top 10 universities worldwide of the QS World University Rankings®, and alternates first and second place in the UK with the University of Cambridge.

Oxford University ranks 10th place in the world on this year's graduate employability index, earning perfect scores for the employer reputation and alumni outcomes indicators. Unsurprisingly, Oxford's impressive alumni network includes more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poet laureates, and over 30 political leaders of the modern world, including 26 UK prime ministers.

9. Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University

As the highest-ranked university in China in this year’s graduate employability ranking, Tsinghua University is the perfect option for students wishing to study abroad and pursue careers in engineering and computer science programs – consistently ranking among the world’s top 10 for these subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

This year's graduate employability ranking sees Tsinghua University take ninth place, achieving scores in the global top 15 for three indicators: employer reputation, partnerships with employers, and employer-student connections.

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

UC Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is one of the world's leading research universities, and home to internationally-renowned research institutes that include the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Space Sciences Laboratory.

The alma mater of 99 Nobel Laureates, 23 Turing Award winners, and 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, UCB currently ranks eighth for graduate employability, achieving its highest scores in the employer reputation and alumni outcomes indicators.

7. University of Cambridge

As the fourth-oldest university in the world, having been founded by rebellious Oxford scholars in 1209, the University of Cambridge ranks among the top 10 universities in the world, and has regularly been ranked first and second in the UK, alongside Oxford.

Renowned for its traditional academic values and international outlook, it's also one of the leading higher-education institutions for teaching and research and ranks seventh this year for graduate employability, achieving some of the highest scores for employer reputation and alumni outcomes.

Eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors, and heads of state have all graduated from Cambridge.

6. University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Located in Australia's cultural capital, the University of Melbourne regularly ranks as one of the leading universities in the world and the top five in Australia. With its array of cultural and sports activities on campus, it offers students a unique experience that stretches beyond just typical academic learning.

With an alumni of four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general, the University of Melbourne currently ranks sixth in the world for graduate employability, boasting scores in the top 25 for three indicators, including the highest score for graduate employment rate out of all the 10 universities in this list.

5. University of Sydney

University of Sydney

As a leading research university that's consistently ranked in the top 50 worldwide and among Australia's most prestigious, the University of Sydney offers the country's vastest range of disciplines, with momentous capacity in more than 20 major areas of research.

This year, it ranks fifth for graduate employability globally, achieving very high scores across all indicators, particularly for partnerships with employers and employer-student connections. Notable graduates of Sydney include Joan Sutherland, Malcolm Turnbull, Rose Byrne, Clive James and Germaine Greer, among others.

4. Harvard University

Famed for its global influence and academic standing, Harvard University is America's oldest higher-education institution, having been founded almost 400 years ago. Students and alumni of Harvard have won Pulitzer Prizes, Nobel Prizes, Academy Awards, and a total of 108 Olympic Medals.

Ranking fourth this year for graduate employability, Harvard University recieves the perfect scores for both employer reputation and alumni outcomes – which isn't surprising, given that it has proudly educated eight US presidents, several foreign heads of state, 62 living billionaires, 359 Rhodes Scholars and 242 Marshall Scholars.

=2. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


The alma mater of 14 Nobel Laureates, 261 Olympic medalists and over 140 companies created based on technology developed by it, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) regularly ranks in the world's top 50 universities overall of the QS World University Rankings®, as well as consistently placing among the world’s best for arts and humanities, communications and media studies, education and training, archaeology, and more, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

It ranks joint second place with Stanford University in the graduate employability rankings this year, with its highest score featured in the alumni outcomes category.

=2. Stanford University

Ranked second in the world in the QS World University Rankings®, Stanford University sits in the heart of Northern California's busy Silicon Valley, home to cutting-edge tech companies such as Google, Hewlett-Packard, and many others which are led and were founded by Stanford alumni and faculty, earning Stanford the nickname ‘the billionaire factory’.

Stanford ranks joint second for graduate employability this year along with UCLA, and with top five scores across three categories in the ranking: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, and partnerships with employers.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was established in 1861 as a small institution of scientific innovations. Today, it's an independent and private university, home to five different schools: architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts and social sciences; management, and science.

MIT claims first place in the world this year for graduate employability, achieving top five scores for its employer reputation and alumni outcomes.

Famous MIT alumni include world politicians, entrepreneurs and scientists, among whom include UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, celebrity businessman Mohamed Hadid, and former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz – to name a few.

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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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Please allow me to comment on what is written about the university of Bristol as I am one of its graduates. Unfortunately, you do not give the readers enough information and it is expected to have a look on the university’s history. Please consider the following points:
• The University of Bristol has long been a natural alternative to Oxbridge, favoured in particular by independent schools as mentioned in the "Good University Guide" (John O'Leary, 2010).
• Over the course of its history, 13 of its faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, including Nobel Laureate (2015) Professor Angus Deaton who taught Econometrics at the university for 7 years. The QS ranking does not mentioned this information regarding Bristol while is mentioned for some other British universities.
• Alfred Marshall, a groundbreaking economist, served as Principal of the College (now the University) until 1881 and was the first to teach economics there.
• The university was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men.
• Sir Winston Churchill was the Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1929 until 1965.
• I wish that you will update what you mentioned about Bristol Uni and give a full picture for the readers. please have a look on the following links:
kind regards
Abdulrahman Alshehri (PhD)