University of Sydney leads Australia in QS Employability Rankings

27 November 2015

University of Sydney graduates have been rated the most sought-after in Australia in the first comprehensive global rankings into employability. 

The University of Sydney topped the list of Australian universities in the inaugural QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016, and was also rated in the top 15 globally with a rank of 14.

The rankings mapped more than 30,000 people to identify the educational background of the world's most employable people.  

"These rankings confirm what we've known for years about our graduates and the unique Sydney qualities they bring to the workplace," said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

"It's no secret that the University of Sydney attracts the brightest minds to some of the most competitive and rigorous courses on offer nationally. And so it follows that these students then go on to incredible careers in the most coveted graduate roles. 

"For more than 160 years, we've helped shape the minds of graduates who go on to change the world as leaders and innovators in their fields. 

This sweeping global snapshot cements our place as one of the top universities in the world, and a continued destination of choice for the most promising students.
Dr Michael Spence

As well as charting the educational backgrounds of senior leadership teams at the top 500 privately owned companies globally (by annual revenue), the rankings also covered over 16,000 tertiary degrees offered in more than 1,200 universities worldwide.

The rankings measured universities on the following indicators:

  • University's reputation among employers (30 per cent weighing)
  • Partnerships with employers (25 per cent)
  • Alumni outcomes (20 per cent)
  • Employers' presence on campus (15 per cent)
  • Graduate employment rate (10 per cent)
The full QS Graduate Employability Rankings were released on 26 November at the QS Young Universities Forum in Melbourne.
Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) was founded in 1990 and provides higher education and careers information working alongside over 2000 higher education institutions and 12,000 employers worldwide.
The QS Graduate employability Rankings is the result of an extensive research project which has been running since October 2014.