Australian universities rank well globally for graduate employability
Australia is a popular country for students from all over the world to study and now the latest set of rankings show that eight are among the top in terms of students finding jobs.
The QS rankings look beyond mere academic results and traditional measures such as research strength and reputation to ascertain how universities perform in issues relating to the time after graduation as well.
The latest report ranks the University of Sydney at fourth in the world for graduate employability and preparing students for the workplace, coming in ahead of leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and Cambridge University and the University of Oxford in the UK.
The University of Melbourne is closely behind with a rank of seven in the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings, followed by the University of New South Wales at 36, the University of Queensland at 49 and the University of Technology Sydney at 69.
Overall, Stanford University was ranked first for graduate employability, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles, Harvard University, the University of Sydney, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford.
Martin Juno, lead analyst in the QS intelligence unit, said that Sydney University was the only institution to achieve at least a top 40 rank in all five metrics considered. It was also ranked eighth in the world for employer-student connections, 14th for its partnerships with employers and in the top 20 for its graduate employment rate.
The report says that the university is active in hosting careers fairs, employer information sessions, workshops and other events to help students and employers network with each other.
The University of Melbourne achieved the highest score among all Australian universities for its graduate employment rate and ranked tenth globally. The university counts four Australian prime ministers among its alumni, plus other successful figures such as Germaine Greer and Barry Humphries.
The University of New South Wales got its highest score for the employer reputation indicator, and was recently awarded the maximum of five stars for getting a job in the Good Universities Guide, which also found that 76% of undergraduates find a job within four months of graduating.
The University of Queensland's highest score was in the partnerships with employers category. Boasting a higher graduate employment rate than the national average, UQ offers its students a free online employability course and has other initiatives to help maximize students’ success, such as short term global experiences and student exchange programmes, internships, career workshops and more.
The highest score for the University of Technology, Sydney, was in the graduate employment rate category, with the latest figures showing that 76% of Australian resident UTS graduates are in employment three months after study. UTS runs a variety of careers fairs and events, and offers students work ready programmes and a course of career workshops.