For the current edition, we aimed to significantly increase this ranking’s scope. Whilst in previous years we acquired and analyzed data pertaining to 300 institutions and published a list of 200, this year, we are taking a bold step forward by doubling the number of evaluated institutions and publishing the top 500 universities that we have ranked. We introduced a minimal but still-significant recalibration of the weightings we use, aiming to both reduce the reliance on self reported figures and provide an enhanced normalization mechanism for the results– necessary, given their global scale.
The Alumni Outcomes indicator now carries a weighting of 25%, while the Employer-Student Connections ratio has a reduced weight of 10%. Additionally, the Employer Reputation index reflects the changes recently introduced in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, with the domestic component of the indicator receiving increased weight.
As expected, the extended coverage and the methodological refinements have had an impact on the results, introducing greater volatility into the rankings table compared to previous editions. We fully expect this volatility to be confined to this instalment.
Each institution’s score is comprised of five carefully-chosen indicators. Employer Reputation excepted, all metrics used are, currently, unique to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.