EDUCATION

HKUST ranks 16th in world for employability of graduates

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 December, 2014, 2:20am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 December, 2014, 7:52am

The University of Science and Technology has been ranked 16th in the world for employability of its graduates in an annual survey of recruiters and bosses.

The university topped the list for China.

HKUST climbed two places from last year to take the city's top ranking. Chinese University was the next best local institution on the global list, at No57, followed by the University of Hong Kong, at 107th. City University made the list for the first time, at 146th.

HKUST president Professor Tony Chan Fan-cheong was "delighted" with the ranking. "This is particularly meaningful as it says that HKUST graduates are performing well in their jobs and they are sought after by companies globally," Chan said.

Some 4,700 recruiters and executives from 20 countries across Europe, Asia and North America were polled for the annual Global Employability University Survey and Ranking, carried out by French consulting group Emerging and German research institute Trendence. It was conducted between June and October, to rank the world's top 150 universities for producing the most employable graduates.

More than half of those polled were from companies with over 1,000 staff.

HKUST vice-president Eden Woon Yi-teng put the ranking down to a global push. "We're doing more to promote internationalisation on campus … we have several highly international programmes, such as the MBA and EMBA, and over 40 per cent of our undergraduates can go overseas on exchange, too."

Woon said HKUST aimed to expand its exchange programme and increase the proportion of students taking part to 50 per cent. He said the experience benefited students who went on to work in multinational companies.

And the university's graduates also deserved credit for their diligence, Woon added.

"Some local employers have told me that our graduates are competent and humble," he said.