An annual survey and ranking produced by Emerging and carried out by Trendence in  partnership with the NY Times International  since 2011 and The Times Higher Education since 2015.

It collects worldwide the point of view of around 4500 to 6000 recruiters from major companies asking them what they are looking for in university systems and to evaluate and choose which  institutions in their opinion produce the best performing graduates.

It differs and thus complements other rankings by focusing on the practical skills of ‘ready-for-work’ graduates developed by universities rather than on academic achievements in terms of research and development.

This information is not only valuable to our clients, corporations with large recruitments  volumes of young graduates but is increasingly used by  educational establishments, government agencies, students and graduates.

According to the Trendence survey it was rated number one for use by companies amongst all other global rankings.


2017 Edition : Universities and future employability in the new digital age.




  • Global survey reveals the top institutions in the world for employability

  • The California Institute of Technology takes the top spot for the second in a row.

  • The US dominates the ranking with 35 institutions in the ranking with 7 institutions in the top 10.

  • The UK, Germany and Japan round out the top 10 in 4th, 8th and 9th place respectively

  • The UK has declined in this employability ranking raising Brexit concerns

  • Asian universities perform strongly overall, with Tokyo University producing the most employable graduates from that region

London, 16th November 2016: Times Higher Education  publishes the seventh annual Global University Employability Ranking, revealing that employers consider graduates from American universities the most employable. This ranking in this context is part of a broader survey on employability and higher education commissioned every year for seven years by HR consultancy Emerging and conducted by the polling institute Trendence.


The research is drawn from 6000 recruitment managers from large international companies*. It shows that US universities still hold sway over employers in general but that Asian universities are becoming more reputable in terms of their graduate’s reputations.


Laurent Dupasquier, Managing Partner at Emerging says:

“Our survey on employability shows that the digital transformation also impacts current recruiters’ expectations towards their higher education systems. This is probably why we have witnessed for 6 years the gradual rise in the ranking of challengers and institutions from countries that tend to develop their student’s soft skills and employability through partnerships with companies”


Simon Baker, Data Editor, Times Higher Education says:  

“Beyond the top 10 of Global University Employability Ranking, which has a familiar ring to it in terms of the universities represented, there is really diverse mix of countries and types of institution.

“This shows how a focus on university-industry links bears fruit for many universities and nations and may explain why institutions from countries in continental Europe are holding their places, or even moving up the table, while others, like the UK, are struggling.

“This is likely to raise concerns that the political turmoil caused by Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US is having an influence on these countries’ reputations.”


On the UK’s performance, Simon Baker, Data Editor, Times Higher Education commented:

“UK universities have taken a severe knock in the Global University Employability Ranking and questions will be raised about whether the Brexit process is tarnishing the image of its universities in the eyes of global recruiters.

“However, the UK’s general decline in the ranking has been happening for some time, a product of the rise of Asian universities, the use of English becoming widespread – therefore removing the UK’s natural competitive advantage - and a traditional weakness in UK institutions’ industry links.

“The odds on the UK turning this situation around in the short-term appear slim and it underscores the need to avoid Brexit leaving the country isolated on the world stage.”


On the US’s performance, Simon Baker, Data Editor, Times Higher Education added:

“The US again dominates the top 10 of Global University Employability Ranking, but you don’t have to look much further to see that the reputation of its universities among global recruiters could be waning relative to others.

“Several well-known institutions have dropped a few places and although the performance of some universities lower down the ranking is encouraging, questions will be raised about whether the country’s global image is being affected in some way by the political turmoil in Washington.

“However, compared with other nations, the US still has the most universities that trip off the tongue of global employers looking for the best graduates. This can be attributed not only to the excellent education the institutions offer, but also a tradition of strong university-industry links.”


On Asia’s performance, Simon Baker, Data Editor, Times Higher Education says:

“Asian universities have again seen gains, most notably among institutions from mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea. This extends a trend that has been building for several years, with more universities from the region becoming household names in the minds of global graduate recruiters.

“It is clear from the survey results that many Asian universities are leading in producing graduates with exactly the skills firms are looking for as they attempt to gain ground in the digital revolution.

“At the same time, some institutions in the region are also recognising the importance of instilling soft skills such as teamwork in their students, and offering them the strongest possible links with industry before they graduate.”

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