The Global Employability University Ranking 2014 conducted by French human resources consulting group Emerging Associates on the performance of the universities in graduate employment placed University of Cambridge at the top, followed by Harvard University, Yale University and University of Oxford. The top ten Universities for global employability include six from the United States, two from the United Kingdom, one from Germany and one from Japan.

While Harvard University managed to maintain the second position in both 2013 and 2014, University of Oxford slipped two positions down from first to fourth position. The Emerging Associates has conducted the global employability ranking 2014 in association with Trendence, a German polling and research institute. The ranking was made on the basis of the survey on 2,500 international recruiters based in 20 countries.

Methodology of Global Employability University Ranking 2014

The global employability ranking was conducted in two field phases:

Phase 1: Tomorrow’s universities survey

The survey was carried out between June and September 2014 where 2,200 from 20 countries responded to the online and telephone survey. The respondents included managers experienced in recruiting or working with graduates, professionals with more than four years of experience and the managers who recruit employees from different countries.

Phase 2: Global employability ranking survey

There were two groups involved in the global employability ranking 2014 survey. The first group had 2,200 recruiters who were asked to choose the local universities in their country that produced the best recruits. The managers who have experience in recruiting international students were asked to choose the global universities that had the best recruits from the list of top universities for employability 2013. Each participant was given ten votes to cast. The second group had 2,300 CEOs and Chairs selected exclusively from top 1000 companies in 20 countries. Each respondent gave ten votes.

Countries represented in global employability university ranking 2014

FranceChinaGermanyThe Netherlands
TurkeySwitzerlandUnited KingdomUnited States


Key findings

  • Canada and India are the most satisfied with education in their country, Japan and Morocco the least
  • The US is the country that produces the best ready-for-work graduates
  • When selecting graduates from other countries, Russia and India have criteria other than employability such as the reputation of the university and quality of reseach facilities
  • Employability is the no.1 criteria recruiters look at when choosing a university, international exposure the last

Top 100 Universities in Global Employability University Ranking 2014

NameCountry2014 Rank2013 Rank
University of CambridgeUK13
Harvard UniversityUSA22
Yale UniversityUSA38
University of OxfordUK41
California Institute of TechnologyUSA59
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA65
Stanford UniversityUSA74
Technische Universität MünchenGermany811
Princeton UniversityUSA96
University of TokyoJapan1010
Columbia UniversityUSA117
University of California, BerkeleyUSA1212
University of TorontoCanada1314
University College LondonUK1413
Imperial College LondonUK1521
Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong1618
École Normale Supérieure ParisFrance1719
University of EdinburghUK1815
Johns Hopkins UniversityUSA1935
Peking UniversityChina2026
École Polytechnique ParisTechFrance2116
Indian Institute of ScienceIndia2223
Australian National UniversityAustralia2320
H.E.C. ParisFrance2417
University of ManchesterUK2527
Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan2625
Duke UniversityUSA2731
McGill UniversityCanada2830
IE UniversitySpain2934
University of ChicagoUSA3024
University HeidelbergGermany3128
New York UniversityUSA3229
Monash UniversityAustralia3333
Brown UniversityUSA3422
King’s College LondonUK3537
Fudan UniversityChina3643
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichSwitzerland3738
École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland38x
National University of SingaporeSingapore3949
University Commerciale Luigi BocconiItaly4046
Cornell UniversityUSA4139
École des Mines ParisTechFrance4240
Boston UniversityUSA4332
London School of EconomicsUK4441
Universityde NavarraSpain4536
Goethe-University Frankfurt am MainGermany4647
University of Montreal, H.E.C MontrealCanada4759
University of New South WalesAustralia4855
École Centrale ParisFrance4948
Ludwig-Maximilians-University MünchenGermany5060
Carnegie Mellon UniversityUSA5153
University of California, San FranciscoUSA5278
Indian School of BusinessIndia5352
Kyoto UniversityJapan5442
University of British ColumbiaCanada5551
Tsinghua UniversityChina5664
The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong5771
Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina5856
Northwestern UniversityUSA5970
University of BirminghamUK6057
University ZürichSwitzerland6161
University of California, Los AngelesUSA6244
University of NottinghamUK6345
University de LausanneSwitzerland6465
University Of MelbourneAustralia6550
Dartmouth CollegeUSA6658
Stockholm UniversitySweden6769
University of GhentBelgium6867
University of CopenhagenDenmark6977
University of PennsylvaniaUSA7062
University of WashingtonUSA7187
École de Management de LyonFrance7268
London Business SchoolUK7479
Politecnico di MilanoItaly7574
Technische University EindhovenThe Netherlands7672
Humboldt-Universitat zu BerlinGermany7776
University of BristolUK7866
Georgetown UniversityUSA7963
McMaster UniversityCanada8073
Frankfurt School of Finance and ManagementGermany8180
Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands8284
Katholieke University LeuvenBelgium8386
Boston CollegeUSA8482
Michigan State UniversityUSA85125
Rijksuniversiteit GroningenThe Netherlands8683
Georg-August-Universität GottingenGermany8792
University of BernSwitzerland88110
Erasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands89105
Lund UniversitySweden90108
University of HelsinkiFinland9199
Brigham Young UniversityUSA9285
Rutgers UniversityUSA93122
Sciences Po ParisFrance94100
University of California, San DiegoUSA9591
University de São PauloBrazil96113
Technische University DelftThe Netherlands9790
University of Southern CaliforniaUSA9881
University of Texas, AustinUSA99101
University BaselSwitzerland10094


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