The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has risen two places to rank #14 in the high-profile annual Global Employability University Survey and Ranking this year. HKUST graduates have been ranked the world’s top 20 most employable and the most employable in Greater China over the past three years.
In its polling of 4,600 recruiters and executives from over 20 countries, the survey outlined a number of criteria of what makes top universities attractive to global recruiters, which includes the quality of teaching staff and research facilities, expertise in one’s field of competence, international exposure, reputation of the university and past experience with graduates. Conducted by Emerging, a French human resources consultancy, and Trendence, a leading German research institute, the survey has polled employers from United States, China, Japan, Britain, Canada, Australia, Brazil, India and others from Europe, over half came from the international companies.
HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan said he was delighted about the ascent, “I am excited that our graduates are sought after in the global job market, it is a testament to our holistic education model and quality of our students. The qualities highlighted by the survey, such as international exposure and research and education excellence, are exactly HKUST’s mission. I am very happy to see that a Hong Kong institution is ranked amongst the most prestigious institutions around the world.”
“As one of the most international universities in China, our diverse learning environment has provided our students the vision and abilities to handle different settings and situations, we cultivate an environment which encourages students to think out of the box,” Prof Chan added.
The survey noted that nearly half of the respondents have recruited candidates due to qualifications they acquired via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). HKUST is one of Asia’s first universities to launch MOOCs.
In grooming desirable employees, HKUST has leveraged its strong global partnership network of 250 institutions – including some 200 exchange partners, to enhance its students’ global experiences through exchanges, internships and community services. The University has continued to boost the proportion of undergraduates with overseas exchange experience, over 50% of HKUST students now spent at least a semester overseas through the University’s regular exchange program.
HKUST’s Career Center facilitates students’ career planning by identifying their interests, keeping abreast of requirements in the ever-changing job market, and understanding employer expectations. The University also leverages its extensive network of employers, professional bodies and alumni in its programs and initiatives, enhancing graduates’ employability.
For the full results of the Global Employability University Survey and Ranking 2015, please visit https://www.timeshighereducation.com/carousels/global-employability-university-ranking-2015-results
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