The light blues of Cambridge may have recently been smashed by the dark blues of Oxford in their annual Rugby varsity game, yet Cambridge can still declare themselves league winners. The Global Employability University Ranking just named Cambridge the world's top institution for graduate employment, climbing from third in last year's rankings to beat Oxford, Harvard and Yale.
The rankings were based on interviews with 4500 recruiters in 20 different countries, and focused on the working skills of graduates rather than academic achievements and research. However, a strong focus on STEM subjects appears to help employability, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology both gaining places this year, while technological institutes in Germany and Scandinavia also performed well.
In all, 5 British universities were named among the top 25:
Lagging slightly behind these but still making the top 150 were King's College London (35), LSE (44), Birmingham (60), Nottingham (63), London Business School (74), Bristol (78) and Warwick (112). This means that we had more top-ranking universities than any other country other than the US. That said, Asian universities do seem to be closing the gap, with 20% of the top 150 based on the continent.
This increasingly global spread is particularly interesting given that the number of Americans studying abroad has reached an all-time high, and that school leaders are reporting more applications to study abroad than ever. According to Laurent Dupasquier, managing partner of Emerging (one of the consultancies that produced the rankings), we could be witnessing the emergency of an 'international elite', for, 'like the premier league, the champions have an international community of students and think internationally, unlike their more locally oriented counterparts.' Only time will tell if we can keep our heads in the game.
The full league rankings can be found here.