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Graduates of UCT remain among the world’s most employable, according to the 2022 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings
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Graduates from The University of Cape Town (UCT) are more likely to be employed than other alumni in Africa, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings.
UCT came in at number 95 – four places lower than the last study in 2020 – and remains the institution that produces the most employable graduates in South Africa and on the continent.
According to Business Insider South Africa, the QS ranking system, which analyses higher education institutions and is regarded as one of the most influential university rankings in the world, uses five indicators to determine graduate employability.
These include Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per faculty, International Faculty Ratio and International Student Ratio.
“The highest weighting of any metric is allotted to an institution’s Academic Reputation score,” writes Top Universities. “Based on our Academic Survey, it collates the expert opinions of over 130 000 individuals in the higher education space regarding teaching and research quality at the world’s universities.”
After crunching the numbers, UCT scored the highest in alumni outcomes (90.3) and graduate employment rate (90.2), while lower points for employer-student connections (64.8) and employer reputation (39) gives the institution an overall score of 59.1. In the global standings, this puts UCT between South Korea’s Hanyang University (ranked 96) and Spain’s Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ranked 94).
“I am delighted to see that UCT has again ranked among the best institutions in the world for the quality of its graduates,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. “This result reflects the calibre of education students receive at UCT and how sought-after they are by employers.”
The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) comes second to UCT in Africa, with a graduate employability ranking in the 191 to 200 band. Wits do, however, score higher than UCT in the alumni outcomes indicator, with 93.9 points. Wits’ employer reputation score is lower than UCT’s at 27.6.
The American University in Cairo (201 to 250) and the University of Nairobi in Kenya (251 to 300) place third and fourth, respectively.
The University of Pretoria is ranked fifth on the continent in the 251 to 300 band, with an alumni outcomes score of 61.7 and an employer reputation score of 35.3.
Another Egyptian institution, Ain Shams University, is ranked sixth in the 301 to 500 band. Stellenbosch University, the University of Johannesburg, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal are ranked 7 to 9 respectively in the same band as Ain Shams University.