Frequently Asked Questions
What are the indicators used for this ranking and how did you calculate the scores?
To find out more about the methodology, thresholds and indicators used for the 2016 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, please click here or access the following link: http://www.iu.qs.com/university-rankings/ger/.
When will the ranking results be published?
The results will be published on the QS Intelligence Unit website soon after the presentation on the 26th of November at QS Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS APPLE).
What are the differences between the regular QS ranking and this pilot initiative?
In practical terms, this new ranking will not affect your participation or score in any other QS Rankings. We have offered universities the opportunity to be excluded from the analysis. The rankings are published on our QS Intelligence Unit website instead of our TopUniversities platform whilst it is in developmental phase. As the ranking and its discussion reach a new level, it is a QS objective to make this ranking a regular yearly initiative in the foreseeable future.
What are the consequences to the universities that opted out in this first version? Can they participate in future rankings?
The universities that declined the invitation to take part in this pilot exercise were excluded from QS’s final analysis this first year and will not be published. A list of official opt-out institutions will be published on our IU website along with the pilot’s results. All universities that opted out will be offered the opportunity to participate in future QS Graduate Employability Rankings and their decision to not participate in this first version will not affect the results in any form.
Why is this ranking a pilot initiative?
Employability has always been an important metric used in QS’s rankings. Over the last 20 years, we foregrounded the opinion of employers in our rankings. Now, we’re planning to expand our reach to include more data on employability to support our university rankings. In order to implement this idea, QS decided to proceed with due caution, as most of the data we requested and some of the indicators we’ve used have never been part of our rankings before. However, most of it has already been extensively analysed and collected via other QS products. This ranking intends to take the discussions on employability rankings to a new level, and through its experimental methodology attempt to create new opportunities for future development in our approach to such an important theme. Therefore, by publishing this first set of results, QS is confident that important discussions surrounding this issue will ensue. Naturally, we are open to feedback and welcome discussions with any universities interested in collaborating with us as we improve our new initiative.
What are the next steps following the QS Graduate Employability Rankings launch?
QS will schedule webinars to explain the rankings’ methodology and calculations. Institutions that filled in our data request accordingly by the proposed deadline will also receive a more detailed analysis of their results globally and regionally in December.
How many universities will be published this first year?
Although QS analysed over 600 universities, in this first year only the top 200 ranked universities.
What data sources did you use to calculate the scores?
- Employer Reputation
- Alumni Outcomes
- Partnerships with Employers
- Employers’ presence on campus
- Graduate Employment Rate
QS sources data not only directly from institutions themselves but also from government ministries, agencies such as the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in the UK, web sources and other third-parties. Where possible data are checked against multiple sources to verify their authenticity.
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