Finding a job quickly after completing your studies has a lot to do with the prestige of the university or college you graduated (in addition to your actual skills and knowledge). This weighs heavily on student choices for a university abroad.
Each year, The Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) reveals a list with the best universities based on the employability rate of their graduates. The list is made after compiling answers of several recruiters, chief executives and business managers from top companies in 20 countries.
Even if your decision should not rest entirely on the employability factor, if you’re considering studying in Europe, you might want to have a look at some top European universities that are present in THE Global University Employability Ranking 2017:
1. University of Cambridge (ranked 4th in THE)
The University of Cambridge has a long history (precisely 800 years) of academic excellence and is one of the most reputed British universities. Present in most rankings of the world’s best universities, University of Cambridge has proven brilliant academic achievements and extensive and original research work. With such a track record, what employer would think twice before hiring you?
Cambridge proudly hosts the oldest publishing house in the world and it is a well-known provider of international school qualifications, including for English language proficiency.
The university has various collaborations with the local government, international NGOs and academic institutions, seeking to provide students with a holistic study perspective and to help the society benefit from its research discoveries.
2. University of Oxford (ranked 7th in THE)
The University of Oxford was the first university in the English-speaking world and today, it focuses on numerous research projects. Due to its notable and outstanding work, the University of Oxford has been continuously ranked in fields like Medicine, Engineering, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, the Arts and Humanities.
The University of Oxford currently engages in global research in areas like quantum physics, healthcare bioethics, migration, ageing society, environmental changes, and more.
3. Technical University of Munich (ranked 8th in THE)
The Technical University of Munich counts around 40,000 students each year, and over 20 % are international students. Highly supporting international network, the university collaborates with many companies and scientific institutions around the world, such as EAIE, Top Industrial Managers for Europe and more. In addition, TUM has several offices and research centres in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
The Technical University of Munich was among the first universities in Germany named a University of Excellence and provides Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programmes in a wide range of disciplines such as Engineering, Communications, Natural Sciences, Food Technology, Biosciences, Design, Information Systems, MBA, Medicine, and Education.
4. Imperial College London (ranked 16th in THE)
Imperial College London is a modern educational institution that supports a multidisciplinary education, innovation and international collaboration. Imperial College encourages the development of a strong network of alumni, academic staff and students to endorse exchange of ideas, and has several partnerships with business, and government institutions across the world.
Students can apply to undergraduate and graduate degrees in Medicine, Engineering, Business, Finance and can also join clinical research groups that tackle hot topics or challenges the society faces today like cancer, hybrid vehicles, robotics, nanomaterials.
5. HEC Paris (ranked 21st in THE)
HEC Paris is a well-known Business and Management school in France with an innovative study approach. Interested in attracting young talents that are keen in developing their management skills, HEC Paris accepts students that have graduated from a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Students can apply to several MBAs and special Master's programmes that focus on Marketing, Strategic Management, or dual degrees like Management and Public Affairs, Business and Law, etc.
HEC Paris has partnerships with over 100 prestigious universities and colleges worldwide and encourages students to partake in international exchange study programmes.
6. University of Edinburgh (ranked 32nd in THE)
Covering around four centuries of high-class teaching, the University of Edinburgh is committed to providing students valuable education that guaranteee them successful careers. According to their own statistics, around 94% of its students find employment or are admitted to postgraduate study six months after graduating.
Additionally, the university integrates a well-developed career services centre, offering students assistance with applying for internships or jobs within local companies. The University of Edinburgh also has an award-winning programme for young entrepreneurs, supporting enrolled students with a feasible and innovative business idea.
The University of Edinburgh initiated and succeeded with several famous notable research discoveries, like the first cloned mammal (Dolly the Sheep), hepatitis B vaccine or the first automated industrial robot.
7. KU Leuven (ranked 63rd in THE)
The University of Leuven is one of the oldest and largest universities in Belgium, with a great focus on delivering quality education. KU Leuven is a renowned European university known for the cutting-edge research as it co-founded the League of European Research Universities – a network of universities contributing to several research works.
Students can apply to undergraduate and graduate degree in fields like Economics, Business, Philosophy, Engineering and Technology, Medicine, Bioscience, Law, and Social Sciences.
8. University Luigi Bocconi (ranked 78th in THE)
Founded in 1902, Bocconi University was the first university in Italy offering Economics courses. Today, the university offers excellent education in the areas of Management, Finance, Law, and Social Sciences, for Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD levels.
Most courses are taught in English and in addition, the university provides students the opportunity to learn other foreign languages, like French, Spanish, German or Mandarin, perfect for an impressive CV.
Bocconi University has well—established connections with several international companies and universities, such as L’Oreal, Roland Berger, Accenture, etc., allowing students to partake in study exchange programmes in different countries.
The university also supports students in finding jobs and internships through their numerous partnerships with local companies.
9. Eindhoven University of Technology (ranked 88th in THE)
The Eindhoven University of Technology welcomes around 8,000 students annually, out which 20 % are internationals. The university is research-based, particularly in sciences and engineering and offers some innovative study degrees in subject areas like Data Science, Industrial Design, Software Engineering, Architecture, Automotive Systems, Photonics, Environmental Science.
Having close links with local industries and companies, TUE supports the development of the society and, through their research, helps develop innovative products and services especially in the fields of health, energy and mobility.
Most study programmes offered by the university are English-taught and the institution cooperates with foreign universities from China, India, America, Australia and Europe.
10. KTH Royal Institute of Technology (ranked 91st in THE)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is Sweden’s largest research institution, notably known for the intriguing international cooperation. At KTH, students can engage in educational exchange or joint programmes within many universities from Europe, the U.S., Australia, Asia and Africa.
Around 14,000 students enrol annually in degree programmes in Architecture and Urban Planning, Engineering, Embedded Systems, Nanotechnology, Renewable Energy Systems, Computer Science, Biotechnology.
In terms of employment rates, over 90% of graduate students have easily and quickly found a job, while the rest have undergone doctoral studies, whether at KTH or other universities.
Prove you’re a top graduate with a professional background
Whatever your choice may be, remember that having a diploma from a famous university or college is not enough to grab a good job. You’ll have to show very good academic results, extensive skills and that you have undergone at least one internship or volunteering work during your studies. Do your best during your studies and you will eventually achieve your dream job.