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.

Why another university ranking ? 

What does the GEUR bring that the others don’t ? 

The Global Employability University Survey and Ranking is the first ranking ever published on young graduates employability. 

It has been launched in 2010 and is now releasing its 8th consecutive edition.

Most rankings tend to evaluate institutions based exclusively or mainly on their research.

That is forgetting that the huge majority of students attend university in order to prepare themselves for a career and that quality of research doesn’t automatically transfer into quality of teaching. Therefore universities have an increasingly important role to foster the employability of their students. 

The Global Employability Survey and Ranking value seeks to complement existing studies and rankings based on academic achievements by considering the word “employability” from the point of view of the main receptors of young graduates: the corporate world. 

Thus it is focused on practical skills universities should develop and it is based on operational managers's opinion with experience recruiting graduates and or working with graduates in corporate/business roles, engineering roles, IT Roles, HR roles, digitals 

  • Working from big companies to starts ups, in all main economic sectors.

  • Summing up a very representative recruitment volume past and future (250 000 in 2017, more than one million recruitments since 2010).

  • Located in countries representing 80% world GDP & 80% world young graduates population.

More quality checks:

  • Focused on collecting insights, it starts with a survey. The recruiters can then select the universities ranking on employability criterias.   

  • Different and complementary of peer to peer declarative rankings on academic achievements and research. 

  • Independent and carried out by a specialized polling institute. 

Its objective is to answer three main questions: 

  • What are the key skills of a “ready to work graduate” from the recruiters point of view ?: 

    • it measures the importance, satisfaction and gaps of skills and competencies for graduate performance now and in the future. It also evaluates employers expectations towards universities and how can companies support universities in their efforts to develop the employability of their graduates.

  • Which universities provide the best performing graduates ? 

    • it identifies the drivers for universities selection, the satisfaction with national Higher Education systems and  the best performing education systems or universities internationally.

  • What are the most efficient higher education country systems according to employers?

    • We have introduced this year a country HE scoring system which ranks countries in function of not only the numbers but also the placing of their universities. We also produce a comparison  of this scoring since we started  which reveals quite a lot of surprises as the relative decline of the UK and US  in terms of employability during that period.

Published the first time in 2011 in the International Herald Tribune, in the International New York Times and since 2015 in the Times Higher Education. 

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


From data to action: With 8 years of data collected in a fast changing Higher Education world and shifting paradigms, the Global Employability Survey and Ranking is a strategic tool to develop expertise and monitor trends in higher education. 

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