Best universities for graduate jobs: Global University Employability Ranking 2021

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Going to college or university is about more than just preparing for a career, but choosing the right institution and course can certainly improve your graduate prospects.

A global employability ranking, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

These 250 universities span 43 countries, from the US to Japan. Employers voted for institutions both in their own country and around the world, if they recruit internationally.

In some countries, graduate jobs are not easy to come by, but in European countries such as France, Switzerland and Germany, professional experience is built into degree programmes.

France, Germany and China are among the best represented countries in the employability ranking, along with the UK and the US.

Singapore, Japan and the UK each have an institution in the top 10, with Japanese and Canadian universities also appearing high in the ranking.


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Top universities in the UK for employability
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Top universities in the Netherlands for employability
Top universities in France for employability
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Top universities for employability 2021

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In addition to its world-leading courses, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also offers career-enhancing programmes for undergraduates, industry leaders and the general public.

Many companies have significant involvement with college courses and research, often spanning disciplines and lasting a number of years.

MIT students, alumni and faculty members play key roles in entrepreneurial innovations, including developing advanced computer networks, securing venture capital transactions, and biotechnology.

2. California Institute of Technology

It’s no surprise that the California Institute of Technology – regarded as one of the best universities in the world – is also a favourite among international employers. Students are admitted on the basis of strong maths, science and engineering skills and interest.

Not only do Caltech students learn the fundamentals across a range of science and engineering subjects, they also get to grips with the most innovative tools to address some of society’s most pressing challenges.

The student population is tiny compared with other colleges – one of the smallest in the world, with just over 1,000 undergraduates and 1,200 postgraduates. This close community allows for good relationships between tutors and staff.

3. Harvard University

Harvard University is the oldest and arguably the most prestigious college in the United States, with a reputation for admitting and producing highly accomplished students.

More than 30 heads of state are Harvard alumni, and the university also counts 38 Nobel prizewinners and 48 Pulitzer winners among its alumni.

Like many institutions favoured by employers, Harvard has a long history of groundbreaking research and innovation.

Many students undertake extracurricular activities while studying, from sport to entrepreneurial endeavours, which equip them with the essential skills to succeed.

4. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is among the world’s best and most elite universities.

Its history stretches back to the 13th century, when it was founded by Oxford scholars taking refuge after conflicts with townspeople.

Now, its graduates are globally sought after, valued particularly for their specialist knowledge, gained as a result of personal tuition that is unique to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

5. Stanford University

Stanford University is located in Pasadena, California, right next to the world-renowned Silicon Valley. 

In total, companies founded by Stanford affiliates and alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, which would be the 10th largest economy in the world. These firms include Google, Nike, Netflix, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Instagram and Charles Schwab. 

Stanford alumni also have founded non-profit organisations such as Kiva and SIRUM.


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Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2022 profile

Global University Employability Rank 2021 Global University Employability Rank 2020 University Country
1 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
2 1 California Institute of Technology US
3 3 Harvard University US
4 4 University of Cambridge UK
5 7 Stanford University US
6 6 The University of Tokyo Japan
7 10 Yale University US
8 5 University of Oxford UK
9 9 National University of Singapore Singapore
10 14 Princeton University US
11 13 ETH Zurich Switzerland
12 8 University of Toronto Canada
13 12 Technical University of Munich Germany
14 19 Johns Hopkins University US
15 17 Peking University China
16 16 Columbia University US
17 11 New York University US
18 18 Imperial College London UK
19 25 IE University Spain
20 15 Australian National University Australia
21 20 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
22 22 CentraleSupélec France
23 26 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
24 31 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
25 24 HEC Paris France
26 28 University of British Columbia Canada
27 27 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
28 29 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
29 23 McGill University Canada
30 30 École Polytechnique France
31 32 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
32 33 University of California, Berkeley US
33 42 The University of Chicago US
34 47 Duke University US
35 37 London School of Economics and Political Science UK
36 60 Boston University US
37 50 Tsinghua University China
38 36 EMLyon Business School France
39 55 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
40 40 Mines ParisTech France
41 45 University of Navarra Spain
42 39 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
43 46 Kyoto University Japan
44 51 Dartmouth College US
45 48 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
46 44 Heidelberg University Germany
47 41 University of Montreal/HEC Canada
48 64 Carnegie Mellon University US
49 57 Bocconi University Italy
50 43 LMU Munich Germany
51 34 Ecole Normale Supérieure (PSL) France
52 35 University of Melbourne Australia
53 54 KU Leuven  Belgium
54 38 University of Sydney Australia
55 63 Sorbonne University France
56 61 Fudan University China
57 58 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
58 59 EDHEC Business School France
59 53 University of Manchester UK
60 49 University of Helsinki Finland
61 71 Indian Institute of Science India
62 69 Technical University of Berlin Germany
63 62 Georgia Institute of Technology US
64 67 Rice University US
65 65 University of California, Los Angeles US
66 70 Seoul National University South Korea
67 68 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
68 73 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
69 66 Stockholm University Sweden
70 72 Cornell University US
71 78 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Germany
72 74 University of Zurich Switzerland
73 76 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
74 89 London Business School UK
75 75 Brown University US
76 51 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
77 81 University of Auckland New Zealand
78 77 McMaster University Canada
79 84 Hanyang University South Korea
80 80 ESSEC Business School France
81 79 Leiden University Netherlands
82 91 Monterrey Institute of Technology Mexico
83 82 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
84 83 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
85 87 National Taiwan University Taiwan
86 95 University of Vienna Austria
87 99 University of Science and Technology of China China
88 145 Arizona State University (Tempe) US
89 112 Paris-Sud University France
90 109 University of São Paulo Brazil
91 115 ESCP Europe France
92 86 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
93 92 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
94 93 Free University of Berlin Germany
95 94 Tufts University US
96 100 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology  Germany
97 128 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India
98 85 The University of Queensland Australia
99 97 Utrecht University Netherlands
100 88 UNSW Sydney Australia
101 101 University of Pennsylvania US
102 102 University of Oslo Norway
103 104 Polytechnic University of Milan Italy
104 90 University of Lausanne Switzerland
105 108 Korea University South Korea
106 96 Karolinska Institute Sweden
107 121 Tel Aviv University Israel
108 122 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
109 107 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
110 98 Monash University Australia
111 141 Aarhus University Denmark
112 119 University of Hamburg Germany
113 117 Georgetown University US
114 21 King's College London UK
115 135 Texas A&M University US
116 105 University of Basel Switzerland
117 116 Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
118 114 Yonsei University South Korea
119 106 University of Bern Switzerland
120 103 University of Edinburgh UK
121 130 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
122 124 University of Texas at Austin US
123 126 Keio University Japan
124 137 Zhejiang University China
125 113 UCL UK
126 136 Waseda University Japan
127 123 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
128 110 Ghent University Belgium
129 129 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
130 209 University of St Andrews UK
131 111 University of Mannheim Germany
132 133 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
133 132 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia
134 134 Northwestern University US
135 120 Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
136 131 University of Alberta Canada
137 125 Trinity College Dublin Ireland
138 157 Carlos III University of Madrid Spain
139 118 RWTH Aachen University Germany
140 179 Boston College US
141 140 University of Buenos Aires Argentina
142 142 Paris Dauphine University (PSL) France
143 143 Harbin Institute of Technology China
144 149 Autonomous University of Madrid Spain
145 144 Vienna University of Technology Austria
146 147 Nanjing University China
146 212 University of Michigan US
148 146 Qatar University Qatar
149 151 University of Southern California US
150 185 Durham University UK
151 139 Bauman Moscow State Technical University Russia
152 148 Northeastern University US
153 152 American University of Beirut Lebanon
154 150 Arts et Métiers France
155 153 Nagoya University Japan
156 156 Tongji University China
157 160 University of Chile Chile
158 189 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China
159 158 Aalto University Finland
160 154 University of Birmingham UK
161 163 Florida Institute of Technology US
162 184 Indian Institute of Management  India
163 161 Osaka University Japan
164 162 University of Iceland Iceland
165 164 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) Russia
166 155 University of Antwerp Belgium
167 166 University of Technology Sydney Australia
168 168 Purdue University West Lafayette US
169 167 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey US
170 195 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
171 170 University of Bath UK
172 171 University of Geneva Switzerland
173 172 University of Massachusetts US
174 180 University of California, San Francisco US
175 177 École des Ponts ParisTech France
176 181 University of Cologne Germany
177 183 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
178 191 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
179 182 Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
180 174 University of Freiburg Germany
181 159 Abu Dhabi University UAE
182 176 University of Victoria Canada
183 193 Case Western Reserve University US
184 175 Macquarie University Australia
185 220 Michigan State University US
186 187 Complutense University of Madrid Spain
187 186 Dalhousie University Canada
188 199 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
189 196 Sapienza University of Rome Italy
190 189 Vanderbilt University US
191 (-) University of Warwick UK
192 194 Brandeis University US
193 205 University of California, San Diego US
194 202 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign US
195 208 Emory University US
196 197 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
197 188 University of Bergen Norway
198 192 Aalborg University Denmark
199 222 Stellenbosch University South Africa
200 173 American University in Dubai United Arab Emirates
201 200 University of Waterloo Canada
202 201 University of Gothenburg Sweden
203 206 Babson College US
204 203 University of Bologna Italy
205 169 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
206 207 Istanbul Technical University Turkey
207 211 Queensland University of Technology Australia
208 218 Uppsala University Sweden
209 228 Sabancı University Turkey
210 213 University of Notre Dame US
211 235 Stony Brook University US
212 214 Washington University in St Louis US
213 217 Copenhagen Business School Denmark
214 225 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
215 210 Lund University Sweden
216 221 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
217 226 University of Malaya Malaysia
218 (-) University of Leeds UK
219 223 University of Otago New Zealand
220 229 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
221 219 Penn State (Main campus) US
222 224 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) South Korea
223 238 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill US
224 (-) University of Wisconsin -Madison US
225 236 Amity University India
226 232 Charles University in Prague Czech Republic
226 233 University of Groningen Netherlands
228 230 Université Internationale de Rabat Morocco
228 237 Wageningen University & Research Netherlands
230 (-) Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
230 246 Universitat Ramon Llul  Spain
230 (-) Brigham Young University US
233 216 TU Dresden Germany
234 241 Ohio State University (Main campus) US
234 231 University of Virginia (Main campus) US
236 244 Télécom Paris - Institut Polytechnique de Paris France
236 (-) Tokyo University of Science Japan
238 243 Bar-Ilan University Israel
239 250 Diego Portales University Chile
240 240 Skema Business School France
240 (-) University of Texas at Dallas US
242 247 Macau University of Science and Technology Macau
243 241 University of Guadalajara Mexico
244 248 University of Turku Finland
245 249 Chulalongkorn University Thailand
246 234 University of Bonn Germany
247 (-) Leipzig University Germany
248 (-) Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Argentina
249 (-) Bangalore University India
250 178 École Centrale de Lyon France
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Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2021