NUS grads now 15th most employable in the world

November 18, 20162:28 pm515 views
NUS grads now 15th most employable in the world
National University of Singapore. TODAY file photo

Graduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are more sought after by employers this year, with the university moving up two spots to rank 15th in the world for turning out employable students.

Nanyang Technological University came in 101st this year, the only other Singapore school placed among the 150 institutions in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) latest global University Employability Ranking, up 16 places from the 117th spot last year.

US institutions laid claim to all top three spots this year, with California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University coming in first, second and third respectively.

US universities took 37 places in the 150-strong ranking, with six of them making it into the top 10, including Stanford University (5th), Yale University (6th) and Princeton University (9th).

NUS is the only Singapore institution to be among the global top 15 and the third Asian university, after University of Tokyo and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The latest THE ranking released today is in its sixth year and measures how universities perform on graduate employability.

It is designed and commissioned by French human resource consulting agency Emerging and carried out by German market research firm Trendence.

The survey was conducted in April this year with 2,500 recruiters from 20 countries, and a second panel of 3,500 international managers around the world.

Survey participants were asked to define what they look for in graduates and choose the universities they believe produce the most employable graduates.

The companies that participated in the survey covered all major business sectors, had more than 5,000 employees each and recruited more than 50 graduates each year.

Pleased by the results, NUS deputy president (academic affairs) and provost Tan Eng Chye said the university stresses academic rigour, experiential and global learning, and real-world relevance.

He added that NUS has intensified efforts over the past few years to prepare students for a dynamic and fast-changing workplace of the future through programmes such as its Overseas Colleges Programme, where students get a chance to work in fast-growing companies in high-tech hot spots around the world.

Professor Tan added: “We will continue to pioneer fresh approaches to inculcate in our students a future-ready mindset, so that NUS graduates will continue to excel in their work roles and make valuable contributions to their organisations and the society at large.

Global University Employability Ranking 2016 results:

Rank Institution Country Score
1 California Institute of Technology United States 927
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States 887
3 Harvard University United States 853
4 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 836
5 Stanford University United States 805
6 Yale University United States 800
7 University of Oxford United Kingdom 773
8 Technical University of Munich Germany 744
9 Princeton University United States 713
10 University of Tokyo Japan 677
11 Boston University United States 648
12 Columbia University United States 576
13 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong 558
14 University of Toronto Canada 541
15 National University of Singapore Singapore 530
16 Imperial College London United Kingdom 517
17 Peking University China 508
18 McGill University Canada 504
19 University of California, Berkeley United States 487
20 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan 466
21 HEC Paris France 465
22 Australian National University Australia 438
23 King’s College London United Kingdom 431
24 University of Manchester United Kingdom 420
25 IE University Spain 417
26 EMLYON France 415
27 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland 403
28 Duke University United States 382
29 Johns Hopkins University United States 378
30 Brigham Young University United States 372



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