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Universities aren’t preparing students for the workplace

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UK UNIVERSITIES are struggling to keep pace with global competitors in preparing students for the modern workplace, new data analysis from the Global University Employability Ranking reveals.

According to time series analysis – published with this week’s 2018 report – the UK’s performance in the ranking this decade has declined considerably, with firms increasingly citing German and East Asian institutions as top producers of workplace-ready graduates.

The annual ranking – produced by HR consultancy, Emerging, and published by Times Higher Education (THE) – lists the top 150 institutions worldwide for employability, based on a global survey of around 7,000 recruitment and international managers from major businesses.

This year, new time series analysis reveals countries’ overall performance since the first edition of the survey and ranking in 2011, based on annual representation and ranking positions(methodology and tables below).

The UK does largely hold its position in this year’s ranking, retaining 10 institutions – with several rising – and led again by Cambridge University(see first table below).

However, in 2011 it was the second best represented nation globally, with 15 in the top 150. Since then, the country’s overall performance for graduate employability – both in terms of representation and ranking positions – has declined more than any other European nation. Only the US has declined more.

France has also declined since 2011. The country also has 10 institutions included in this year’s ranking – down from 12 last year, placing it global joint third with the UK.

In contrast, Germany – which employs strong industry experience for students, favoured by recruiters – has soared, becoming the most-improved European nation for overall performance since 2011 (see final table below). It overtakes France this year to become second most represented nation globally, after the US.

The 2018 global listing is topped by Harvard University, which climbs one spot to switch places with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Cambridge both rise one place to third and fourth, while Stanford University scales two positions this year, to place fifth.




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