Trinity’s graduate employability ranking remains below 2017 rank, despite increase

UCD scores highest in Ireland for graduate employability on QS rankings

Trinity graduates’ employability is on the rise since last year according to the QS World University 2019 rankings released this morning.

Trinity is ranked in bracket #101-110 this year, an increase from last year when it placed in bracket #111-120. This is still a notable dip from 2017, when Trinity ranked in bracket #71-80.

The QS Graduate Employability rankings scores over 500 universities based on the employability of graduates. The ranking uses both general employability rates and individual success of “world-changing individuals” to demonstrate which universities are producing the most employed graduates.

The top university for graduate employability this year is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It has held first spot more than any other institution, but was ranked in fifth place last year. MIT holds scores of 100 in three categories, including Employer Reputation and Alumni Outcomes. The Graduate Employment Rate for MIT is 75.1.

The lowest score Trinity received in the 2019 rankings was in Employer Reputation, at 43.2. However, the Graduate Employment Rate, scored at 80.3, is better than MIT’s score.

The highest university in Europe for graduate employability is University of Cambridge, ranked in seventh place, while the highest ranked university in Ireland  for the second year in a row is University College Dublin (UCD). UCD ranked at 75 last year has risen slightly to 74.

According to research conducted by QS, a large proportion of employers are unsatisfied with the level of skill that recent graduates have when they become part of the job market. QS stated: “whatever the outcome of the Graduate Employability Rankings when it’s released on September 11, all universities need to be doing more to help their students gain the skills required for the working world.” 

Elle Buckvold

Elle Buckvold is a staff writer at Trinity News. She is a Junior Sophister History and Geography student.