Ateneo Is the Philippines' Best School for Employability, According to Global University Rankings


The latest school rankings are out, and according to QS World University Rankings, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) is the Philippines’ number one school in terms of preparing students for employment after graduation. 

The latest QS rankings is focused on Graduate Employability, an important topic in education as graduating students enter the new COVID-19-affected work landscape. The rankings are based on the schools that equip students with the “skills and qualities required by modern employers.” 

“Each of the universities ranked below has demonstrated an ability to produce graduates with the 'soft skills' required for the modern workplace,” the QS platform explained. “Given the fierce competition for graduate roles around the world, students should be seriously considering how their university can prepare them adequately for full-time employment, by connecting them with global employers and ensuring they develop the necessary skills and knowledge.”

Only four Philippine universities made it to the global list. Ateneo de Manila University ranked in the 151-160 bracket, University of Santo Tomas ranked in the 251-300 bracket, and De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines both ranked in the 301-500 bracket. 

The QS Intelligence Unit deemed that only 550 universities would make it to the list, which was topped by a number of American universities. But surprisingly, a number of Asian and Australian universities also made it to the top 10. Here are the top 10 universities in the world in terms of graduate employability:

1| Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A
2| Stanford University, U.S.A
3| University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A
4| The University of Sydney, Australia
5| Harvard University, U.S.A
6| Tsinghua University, Mainland China
7| University of Oxford, U.K.
8| The University of Melbourne, Australia
9| Cornell University, U.S.A
10| The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


This list is quite different from QS’s overall university rankings, which take into consideration academic reputation, student/faculty ratio, employer reputation, and more. Here are the top schools overall in the world: 

1| Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A
2| University of Oxford, U.K.
Tied for 3| Stanford University, U.S.A
Tied for 3| University of Cambridge, U.K.
5| Harvard University, U.S.A.
6| California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
7| Imperial College London, U.K.
Tied for 8| ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Tied for 8| University College London, U.K.
10| University of Chicago, U.S.A

Only four of the world’s top universities were considered the top universities for employability. The pandemic completely shifted the demands of the work environment in 2020 and 2021, so it begs the question, how will schools adjust to prepare their students for the new work landscape? 

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