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Six universities, Project 5-100 participants, enter QS Graduate Employability Rankings

September 12, 2017

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has announced the world’s 500 leading universities for nurturing of graduates’ employability by publishing a new edition of QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

Six Russian universities, Project 5-100 participants, have been listed in the rankings. Higher School of Economics is ranked most highly by employers. It makes a strong showing in the top 300 best universities.

Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS, said: “Better comparative data about how universities are preparing their students for the 21st-century economy is required. This ranking is designed to improve the conversation we are having about this important component of a university’s mission, and allow students to make informed global comparisons.

The number of Russian universities listed in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings has grown to 11, last year there were only 7 universities. The number of Russian universities featured in the rankings increased mainly due to Project 5-100 participants’ strong presence.

Tomsk Polytechnic University, MEPhI and Novosibirsk State University entered into the rankings for the first time. Project 5-100 participants such as Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University and MISIS make the ranking for the second year in a row

Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint-Petersburg State University are Russia’s leading education institutions for nurturing graduate employability. They are ranked in the top 150.

Stanford University is the world-leader, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Harvard University (3rd).

Zoya Zaitseva, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, QS, point out: “Graduate Employment Rate’ figures cannot tell us everything about how well universities foster their students’ careers. But we see that Russian universities are ensuring that their students have numerous opportunities to meet desirable global employers on campus: four Russian universities receive a score of above 80/100 for our Employer-Student Connections metric”.

Zoya Zaitseva specifies : “The four institutions showing great results in this particular indicator are: Saint-Petersburg State University and Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (98.2/100), National University of Science and Technology MISIS (96.7/100), and National Research University Higher School of Economics (81.1/100).  When identifying the results of this criteria, QS looks at the number of employers who are actively present on campus, which can take a form of career fairs, company presentations, career sessions and other activities executed by employers. The number is then converted to a ratio between the number of distinct employers on campus and the number of full-time equivalent students, using the same dataset as the latest QS World University Rankings”. Zoya Zaitseva continues: “It is great to see Russian universities performing really well in this indicator, hopefully in time it will lead to better results in Employer Reputation and overall ranking improvement, too”.

According to QS Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Graduate Employment Rankings has undergone a few serious methodological changes – like higher weight for Alumni Outcomes and lower weight for Employer/Student Connection, recalibration of the Employer Reputation Component and the Graduate Employment Ratio. Based on this, she recommends reviewing this year’s results as a new starting point for Russian universities.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings have been released for the second time (the pilot version of the rankings was issued in 2015) and annonced the world’s 500 leading universities for the nurturing of graduate employability.  Methodology of this ranking is significantly different from other QS rankings. These rankings use the following five criteria: employer reputation, alumni outcomes,  , employer/student connections, partnerships with employers per faculty and graduate employment rate.