Trinity rises in 2020 graduate employability rankings

Trinity ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide for employability after graduation

Trinity has been ranked 92nd in the world for employability after graduation in the QS World Rankings for Graduate Employability, rising from its spot in the 101-110 bracket in the 2019 rankings.

QS World Rankings classifies universities based on employer reputation, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers, employer-student connections and graduate employment rate. Within those criteria, Trinity ranked 48th highest for graduate employment rate and 32nd highest for producing successful graduates. Trinity is the highest ranked Irish university for employer reputation and alumni outcomes.

This year, 758 institutions were taken into consideration with the opinions of 45,000 employers used in the evaluation process.

Orla Bannon, Director of Careers at Trinity, stated: “Trinity graduates continue to be highly employable and successful in their chosen careers. During their time at Trinity, students get the opportunity to develop employability skills that allow them to succeed not just in their careers but in their future lives as individuals and members of a global society.”

Bannon continued, adding: “We work to continuously develop innovative ways for students to improve their career readiness and the Trinity Employability Award, run in partnership with employers, is a good example of this.”

Additionally, Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Juergen Barkhoff, commented: “This ranking confirms Trinity’s position as a university delivering for Ireland at the highest international levels.  We want our students to develop their skills and graduate attributes to succeed in their studies and in their careers. Today’s ranking is a testament to their hard work in achieving that.” 

The increase in graduate employability comes despite College downwards trend in rankings of recent years. In September, Trinity dropped 44 places to 164th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2020, with mixed performances overall for Irish third level institutions in 2020 world rankings. 

Following the drop, College called on the government to increase third level funding to enable Irish universities to be on equal footing with other colleges internationally. Dean of Research Linda Doyle outlined: “This is not good enough in a world that sees many of our global competitors improve their scores through focused and sustained investment by their governments. There is no denying that continuing underinvestment in university education and research in Ireland is catching up with us.”

Jessica Hobbs Pifer

Jessica Hobbs Pifer is a Deputy News Editor of Trinity News. She is a Senior Fresh Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures student.