Graduates rated among world's most employable

11 September 2018
University of Sydney graduates have been named the most employable in Australia for the fourth year in a row and in the top five globally.

In addition to surveying more than 40,000 employers, the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings move beyond employment rates and evaluate the affiliations of high-achievers, as well as work placement partnerships and employers’ connections with graduates.

“We are delighted that these rankings once again confirm our graduates are among the most sought after in the world,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

“It is testament to our exceptionally designed courses, world-class teachers and facilities, and vast spectrum of career-building programs available to students from day one. And of course, our quality students.”

Dr Spence said the University has recently transformed its undergraduate curriculum to ensure graduates are adaptable and creative thinkers who are able to thrive in the global, ever-changing workforce which they will enter.

"As part of the new Sydney Undergraduate Experience, all students have the opportunity to take on real-world industry, community, research and entrepreneurship projects,” said Dr Spence.

30 leading business, government and community organisations, including Airbnb, PwC and CommBank, are now working with the University to offer industry project units as part of undergraduate degrees.

The University is also home to an award-winning start up program, Incubate, which supports high-potential student and alumni start ups, and runs an annual Innovation Challenge helping students take their ideas to market.

This year’s winners include the world’s first anti-pollution mask, a robotic translator for people with deafblindness, a biodegradable solution alternative to plastic mulch and vehicles that can investigate underwater structures.

To determine the 2019 employability rankings, QS mapped more than 660 institutions on the following indicators:

  • Employer reputation (30%)
  • Alumni outcomes (25%)
  • Partnerships with employers (25%)
  • Employer/student connections (10%)
  • Graduate employment rate (10%)

MIT came in at number one globally, followed by Stanford, UCLA and Harvard.

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