This criterion, created with the pilot initiative of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, examines whether the efforts made by a university to prepare their students to become employable ultimately proves successful, and does so by measuring the percentage of a university’s graduates that are employed up to twelve months after graduation.

The graduate employment rate is the proportion between students employed full time within 12 months after graduation and students from the same class unemployed but seeking for employment in the same period. Students pursuing further studies, unavailable to work, working part-time or not seeking employment are excluded from this calculation.

The final graduate employment rate was thoroughly verified by our team of analysts. To be considered as part of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, the graduate employment rate needed to be one of the three following options: be part of an official government report, official university report or be supplied to QS as part of a complete list of graduates from the past complete academic year with their respective employers and date of employment.

In several countries, the timeline of survey collection and methodology is slightly different than QS’s. An additional concern is that the economic conditions of a country also have a great influence on the employability prospects of students post-graduation. Thereby, in order to normalise the effects of such factors, QS built the scores using a comparison between the universities’ graduate employment rate and the national average of tertiary education employment rate, or sub-regional average of graduate employment when applicable.


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