U of T ranks among top five public universities for global employability: Times Higher Education

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 1:06pm
Geoffrey Vendeville

Even before graduation, Julianna Paprakis had her pick of job offers – enough, in fact, to say no to Google.

The University of Toronto computer science graduate’s success on the job market is no anomaly. U of T grads are considered top candidates in the eyes of employers around the globe, a new university ranking suggests.

U of T came in 13th in Times Higher Education’s global university employability ranking, up one place from last year. That puts U of T in a class with Ivy League schools and ahead of the University of Oxford and Berkeley.

The university has focused more on students' core competencies, says U of T President Meric Gertler. “We've made sure they communicate well, that they have an opportunity to work in teams. Those efforts are paying off,” he told the Globe and Mail.

U of T's performance may also be due to its high academic standards, he says. “While our students may not always appreciate that, it seems that employers do.”

Among public universities, U of T was first in North America and fifth in the world, behind the University of Cambridge, Technical University of Munich, University of Tokyo, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

For the sixth year running, U of T was the top Canadian institution on the list. The other Canadian universities that cracked the top 100 were McGill (18th), the University of Montreal/HEC (44th), the University of British Columbia (45th) and McMaster (74th). 

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