The published report shows which universities produce the most effective and competent graduates in South Africa and the world.
The list looks at successful people in the workforce, and universities they have graduated from. QSWUR also looks at how prospective companies work with institutions.
With none of the South African universities cracking it to the top 100, the University of Cape Town (UCT) maintained its top position in Africa for graduate employability.
Based on a variety of measures with various weightings, UCT is the only local university to land in the top 200, ranked between 101st and 110th place, with the rest of the country’s universities placed outside the top 200.
The University of the Witwatersrand ranked second in South Africa, followed by Stellenbosch University, the University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Pretoria.
Each institution’s score is comprised of five carefully chosen indicators.
The five key performance indicators include the following:
Employer reputation (30%) – Employers identifying which universities have the most competent, innovative and effective graduates.
Alumni outcomes (25%) – An analysis of which universities are producing “world-changing individuals”.
Employer/Faculty partnership (25%) – University collaboration with employers and work placement partnerships.
Employer/Student connections (10%) – The number of employers who have been actively present on a university campus.
Graduate employment rate (10%) – The proportion of graduates in full-time work 12 months after graduating.
For the 2018/19 rankings, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) climbed from fifth to first place in the world for graduate employability, overtaking Stanford University as top institution in the USA and the world.
MIT has also been crowned number one in the overall QS World University Rankings for seven consecutive years.
“It’s perhaps unsurprising therefore that MIT gets its best score for its employer reputation, although it also receives top 10 scores for alumni outcomes and partnerships with employers,” the group said.