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Several Project 5-100 Institutions Listed among Top 500 Global Universities for Graduate Employability

September 19, 2019

On September 19 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based global higher education company, released its fourth annual Graduate Employability Rankings. The part of the rankings made public features the world's 500 best universities in terms of their graduates' competitiveness in the job marketplace.

A total of 13 Russian higher education institutions appear in the league table, seven of them being Project 5-100 participants. The project's cohort is led by National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) that ranks in the 201-250 range. The other six Project 5-100 universities to have earned a ranking all sit within the 301-500 range. They are the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Novosibirsk State University (NSU), National Research Technological University MISIS, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, RUDN University and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU).

RUDN University has broken into the rankings for the first time ever.

All the Project 5-100 institutions on the QS list have either improved or maintained their standings compared to last year.

The areas where these universities score highest are the graduate employment rate and employer/student connections. On the first metric, MIPT and MEPhI rank in the top 100, with TPU appearing in the top 150 and both HSE and RUDN University in the top 200. On employer/student connections, MISIS and MEPhI make the top 100 while HSE figures in the top 150.

The best-performing Russian universities according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings are Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in 101-110th slot, St Petersburg University (SPbU) in 181-190th place, and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) in 191-200th position.

US universities have stayed top of the league, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) coming in first ahead of Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Methodologically, the employability ranking shows considerable differences from the other QS rankings. It is compiled using the following five indicators: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers per faculty, employer/student connections, and graduate employment rate.

See the full QS Graduate Employability Rankings results