QS publishes the first QS Graduate Employability Rankings!

The pilot edition of the Rankings applies QS’s new innovative approach, intending to take the discussions on employability rankings to the next level. Stanford leads this first edition; more than 20 new institutions place in the top 50.

Employability has been a hot topic for the Higher Education industry for years. With far easier access to a far broader selection of universities, it became an even more relevant aspect of students’ decision making. QS has been measuring employability in all of its rankings, with our Employer Reputation Survey running for over 20 years. But given the public’s special interest in this topic, it was time to expand the analysis, step out of the comfort zone, and create a new, specific ranking.

The primary aim of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings is to help students make informed choices for their educational futures based specifically on the ability of their chosen university to help them succeed in the employment market. Thorough research conducted over the course of 13 months saw consultation with, and input from, academics, university representatives, companies, students and alumni. This year’s experimental methodology was extensively refined throughout the year, and we are delighted to have introduced – for the first time ever in our rankings – unique metrics such as graduate employment rate and university partnerships with employers.

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New Rankings: QS Graduate Employability Rankings

The QS Intelligence Unit is proud to announce the future release of a new ranking focusing on employability outcomes for the graduates.

Leonardo Silveira, in charge of the project in London, told Tamara Sredojevic about the QS Graduate Employability Rankings:

What is the QS Graduate Employability Rankings?

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings comes from an extensive research project which has been running since October 2014. This project has aimed to design a new approach and methodology on employability in university rankings.

Following the research project, we are going to launch a first edition this November at the 11th QS-APPLE in Melbourne. As a pilot initiative, this new rankings will not at first alter the other QS University Rankings results.

What initiated the QS Graduate Employability Rankings?

So far, employability has been approached in the most prominent rankings solely by using employer reputation data. But it has also always been one of the main differentiators of the QS University Rankings.

Thereby, after dealing with this subject for many years, we realized there was a huge demand both from students and universities to get in-depth information on employability outcomes after graduation. This is why we decided to create a whole new ranking dedicated to employability. Read more

40 Countries Represented at the QS Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education Conference

MApleBy John O’Leary

More than 300 academics and administrators from 40 countries attended the biggest-ever Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education (QS-MAPLE) conference in Abu Dhabi this month. The proceedings were streamed live to 30 countries.

Over 100 of the delegates stayed on for a separate consultation the following day on plans for a new QS ranking of universities in the Arab World. Debate centred on whether the ranking should cover only Arab countries or the whole of the Middle East. But there were a number of proposals on the measures to be used in the exercise and for sources of data to ensure the widest possible coverage of research in Arabic.

The session, which took place at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, followed two days of discussion and networking in the main conference. The university, founded in 2007 with a strong research brief, was one of the two main sponsors of QS-MAPLE, with the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

Among the plenary speakers was Professor Sultan Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, who appealed for stronger investment in the region’s higher education systems and more autonomy for its universities. He said that talented academics were often denied promotion in favour of longer-serving colleagues and paid too little to prevent them joining the brain drain.

Almost a third of qualified graduates were leaving for Western countries, he said, half of them trained doctors. Instability in the region since the ‘Arab Spring’ had accelerated the process. Universities could only reach their full potential with political stability and better salaries and incentives.

The conference saw the award of two scholarships to two students from Khalifa University. Derek Bastienne, who is studying aerospace engineering, and Abdul Rahman, an undergraduate in mechanical engineering, received $6,000 from the QS Education Trust. The trust uses the surplus from delegates’ fees at QS conferences for scholarships and other philanthropic activities.

There was also a new series of QS Asia Creative Awards for university website and marketing materials, won by Dar Al-Hekma University, in Saudi Arabia; Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore, and the University of Newcastle, Australia. At the same session, the University of Malaya was awarded 5 QS Stars, University of Malaysia Perlis 3 Stars; and the University of Babylon, in Iraq, 2 Stars.

Next year’s conference will be in May 2015 in Doha, with Qatar University as the host institution. Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa will have their own conference in Rwanda later in the year.


QS Rankosium: Global rankings – a detailed comparison at QS-APPLE 2013

The QS Rankosium workshop will take place at the QS Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education – QS-APPLE – is the prime conference and exhibition for international educators in Asia, Europe, America and Australia.

The 9th QS-APPLE will carry on the well-established QS tradition of improving international recognition and globalisation of Asia-Pacific universities, which reinforces its mission to help build world-class universities for regional communities through global partnership and collaboration. As a leading international higher education event, it will continue to improve and evolve in response to participants’ changing needs and in anticipation of new trends in this important sector. The engaging conference programme reflects our vision of supporting the internationalisation of Asia Pacific universities by providing valuable opportunities for networking, exchanging best practices, and discussing recent developments in higher education in this dynamic region.


Conference & Exhibition: October 30 – November 1
(Wednesday – Friday)

Sungkyunkwan University Campus, Seoul, Korea

Program on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October including parallel session.

Program of the QS Rankosium workshop on Friday 1st November 2013:

14:00 Opening address

  • Mandy Mok, Managing Director, QS Asia

14:05 Keynote address

  • From domestic to global, a brief history of university rankings and their impact, John O’Leary, Times Good University Guide (UK) and Executive Advisory Board Member (QS World University Rankings®)

14:25 PANEL 1 – Driving Performance

  • Deriving focus: identifying and establishing centres of excellence, Maxim Khomyakov, Vice-Rector (International Affairs), URAL FEDERAL UNIVERSITY
  • Establishing and using KPIs to convert strategy into actionable tactics, Michael Fung, Director of Planning and Institutional Research, HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  • Research Measurement Impact: Transformation of behaviour and culture in a university environment, Michael Khor, Director, Research Support Office and Bibliometrics Analysis, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

15:15 Measuring Progress: Exclusive analysis

  • Global rankings – a detailed comparison, Ben Sowter, Head of Division, QS INTELLIGENCE UNIT

15:45 Coffee break

16:00 PANEL 2 – Measuring Progress

  • Choose your poison carefully: leveraging rankings without selling your institution’s soul, Kevin Downing, Director (Knowledge Enterprise Analysis), CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
  • Staying on top of the world, Robert Partridge, Head of the International Office, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

16:50 PANEL 3 – Attracting Recognition

  • Driving and leading the national brand – raising awareness of a new frontier, Mukash Burkitbayev, First Vice-Rector, AL-FARABI KAZAKH NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
  • Driving reputation – how to make the world take notice, Jun Young Kim, President, SUNGKYUNKWAN UNIVERSITY

17:40 Q&A Session – All panellists and speakers

18:00 End

More information and registration on the QS APPLE website.