The colleges with the world's most employable grads

American colleges and universities produce among the most employable graduates in the world, Simon Baker reports for Times Higher Education.

To identify the institutions with the world's most employable grads, Emerging, a French human resources firm, worked with research institute Trendence to design an annual Global University Employability Survey. For the survey, analysts asked roughly 6,000 company recruiters and managing directors from 22 countries about which colleges they thought produced the most employable graduates.

According to the survey, the top 10 colleges with the world's most employable grads are:

  1. California Institute of Technology*
  2. Harvard University*
  3. Columbia University*
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology*
  5. University of Cambridge
  6. Boston University*
  7. Stanford University
  8. Technical University of Munich
  9. University of Tokyo
  10. Yale University

*Editor's note: EAB congratulates our member institutions who made the list. Member institutions listed above are marked with an asterisk.

In addition, respondents ranked the United States as the country that's farthest ahead in addressing the digital skills revolution. Canada also ranked high, coming in at No. 8.

Laurent Dupasquier, associate director of Emerging, says U.S. colleges and universities have recognized that, within a few decades, "a huge number of jobs will have disappeared and a whole load of new jobs will have been created that we can't even envisage now." However, he notes that technical skills aren't everything. To stay competitive, grads will also need to develop soft skills like teamwork and flexibility, which cannot be replaced by automation (Baker, Times Higher Education, 11/16).

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