The university of the Witwatersrand has scored top honours for graduate employability in the country, in a new ranking by the Times Higher Education Group.
The ranking, compiled by French HR consultancy, Emerging, and published by the THE reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.
The 150 universities span 33 different countries, from the US to Japan. Employers voted both for institutions in their own country and universities around the world if they recruit internationally, the group said.
Emerging polled the views of respondents from 22 countries, with a survey that focuses on the practical skills of ‘ready-for-work’ graduates developed by universities. The respondents were asked which of their local universities produce the best graduates.
Ranked at 150, Wits is the only university in South Africa and in Africa to make it to the top 150, the cut-off line by the rankings.
A graduate employability ranking compiled by QS Top Universities for 2018 also ranks Wits as producing some of the most employable graduates, second to the University of Cape Town.
The QS ranking differs from the THE ranking in that it looks at a broader set of indicators, which are already taken into account when the group does its top university ranking, and lists the top 500 universities for employability in the world.
Six South African universities made the 2018 ranking.
The graduate employability ranking focuses on employer reputation, which gauges responses from over 30,000 respondents in the QS employer survey. Further, it looks at published work from graduates from universities, as well as the partnerships and connections universities forge with prospective employers, as well as the actual employment rates of alumni.
According to the QS ranking, the university of Cape Town has the most employable graduates, followed, by Wits, and the University of Pretoria.
The ranking is outlined below.
- University of Cape Town
- University of the Witwatersrand
- University of Pretoria
- Stellenbosch University
- University of Johannesburg
- University of KwaZulu Natal