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IIT Kharagpur Ranked No. 1 for Employability of its Graduates

India’s IIT Kharagpur has been ranked the country’s Number One institute in terms of graduates’ employability scoring in the 81-90 band, while Standford is ranked the world’s top in the same category.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds released the first edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings today showing the relationship between university practices and graduate employability. The ranking represents a development on last year’s pilot, with an enhanced methodology and an additional 100 universities ranked.

At the global level, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) rank first and second, while China’s Tsinghua University takes third place. Universities with a strong STEM focus, particularly those emphasising technology, rank highly.

In India, all IITs rank very high while University of Delhi is among the top universities.

  • India’s IIT Kharagpur is India’s highest-ranked institution for nurturing graduate employability, placing in the 81-90 band;
  • Three Indian universities place in the 101-150 classification: these are IIT Madras, IIT IIT Bombay, and IIT Delhi;
  • Two other Indian institutions are ranked: University of Delhi and IIT Kanpur place in the 201+ segment;
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras scores 96.6/100 for Graduate Employment Rate, making it India’s highest-scoring university for this indicator, and the fourth-highest scoring university in the world for this metric;
  • University of Delhi scores 98.6/100 for Alumni Outcomes, and ranks 13th globally for this indicator;
  • The top 20 is comprised of institutions from the United States (10), the United Kingdom and China (three each), Australia (2), France (1), and Hong Kong (1).
QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017: Top 10
2017 Rank Institution Country
1 Stanford University United States
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
3 Tsinghua University China
4 The University of Sydney Australia
5 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
6 Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech France
7 Columbia University United States
8 University of Oxford United Kingdom
9 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) United States
10 Princeton University United States
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2016 http://www.TopUniversities.com/

Releasing the rankings, Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, said: “The 2017 instalment of this ranking illustrates that universities with a heavy STEM focus are generally among the most successful in nurturing student employability.”

This cannot simply be attributed to students at these universities being more employable due to taking STEM degrees, as graduate employability rate is only one of the five indicators that contribute to this year’s ranking, and the employability rate is not broken down by subject taken, which the organisers said will be taken up in the future rankings.

About 300 institutions were included in the rankings this year and the ranking differs from QS’s other exercises in offering universities the opportunity to opt-out while it remains in its nascent stages, said a statement..

QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2017: India
Rank Indicator
81-90 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
101-150 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
101-150 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
101-150 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
201+ University of Delhi
201+ Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2016 http://www.TopUniversities.com/

As the global employment market changes in several unprecedented ways, students insist not only on the university but also for future career. "We’re confident that the insights provided by this ranking will prove invaluable in allowing them to do so,” he said.


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