Global Employability Survey released, Georgetown places 68th

Last week, the 2012 Global Employability Survey, exclusively in the hands of the International Herald Tribune, released its annual study of the world’s most employable graduates based on skills, personality, and the university he or she attended. This year, the survey ranked Georgetown 68th out of 150 universities internationally. Harvard and Yale University ranked first and second internationally, followed by University of Cambridge and University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Out of the top 20 universities ranked in this year’s survey, seven were American and five from the U.K. Peking University in China came in 11th place, and Tokyo Institute of Technology placed 14th. Other universities in the top 20 were located in France and Switzerland. The folks over at George Washington University didn’t make the cut this year or last.

Last year, Georgetown placed 54th. That survey, however, only included “hundreds” of “business executives,” whereas this year’s survey involved input from thousands of employers from a range of companies. While Georgetown dropped 14 spots in the past year, Boston University jumped 34 spots from 51st to 17th.  The only Asian university that placed in the top 20 in 2011 was Japan’s University of Tokyo. In 2011, Peking University came in 129th, marking a rise of a full 118 spots in one year. The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore jumped from 134 to 35th place in the past year, as well.

The survey is compiled by a French consulting firm, Emerging, and a German research institute specializing in recruitment, Trendence. Their methodology is to consult employers about which universities they tend to rely on for recruiting and hiring, as well as the qualities they find most desirable in young graduates, with 2,500 recruiters and 2,200 international chief executives and business managers asked to select their top universities.

Asian universities are markedly on the rise over the course of the past year. The New York Times attributes this emerging market of graduates to “both a reflection on their success in preparing students for the global work force and the realization among employers that students trained in Asia are better equipped to work there.” The Times also points out that other emerging economies such as Brazil and Russia place very low compared to universities in Asia.

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