While many of the world’s top universities produce high-achieving graduates every year, employers frequently express concerns that academic institutions aren’t doing enough to prepare their students for the world of work.
The QS World University Ranking (QSWUR) has published this year’s Graduate Employability Rankings, showing which universities in Africa – and the world – produce the most effective and competent graduates.
Overall, the independent list has nine African higher education institutions ranked among 550 institutions globally. Universities from three countries in Africa tops the list, that is South Africa, Egypt and Kenya. However, South Africa dominates the list with 6 universities, then two from Egypt and one from Kenya. This implies that central and west African countries did not make it into the top ten list.
The University of Cape town is the top-ranked university for employability in Africa and 95th receiving a score of 59.1 and retaining the top spot. The University of Witwatersrand was ranked second, followed by The American University in Cairo, Egypt, University of Nairobi, Kenya and University of Pretoria – all ranked between 191st and 300th.
The Ain Shams University in Cairo is placed in the 301st -500th band along with Stellenbosch University and the University of Johannesburg and The University of KwaZulu-Natal,
The rankings measure university performance in terms of graduate employability, outcomes and prospects using four indicators: employer reputation (30%), alumni outcomes (25%), partnerships with employers per faculty (25%), employer-student connections (10%) and the graduate employment rate (10%).
On a global perspective, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, achieved a record-extending 11th consecutive year as world number one receiving a perfect score of 100, while Stanford University came in second place and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Sydney ranked third and fourth respectively.
Ben Sowter, Director of Research, QS, said: "With students becoming increasingly conscious of the competitiveness of the global graduate jobs market, and of the ever-increasing financial costs of their educational investment, it is crucial that independent data of this sort is available to them, to inform evidence-based decisions about their educational futures.
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Article by Jedidah Mwangi