For the second year in a row, McGill has been ranked 29th out of more than 1,000 universities worldwide in the Global Employability University Ranking and Survey (GEURS), produced by the HR consultancy Emerging and published by Times Higher Education (THE).
The 12th edition of the annual survey asked over 10,000 employers about their recruitment processes, their relationship with universities, and the skills they are looking for in graduates. The employers that took part provided a total of around 800,000 graduate jobs or placements in 2022-2023.
Survey respondents were able to allocate up to 15 votes each to rate the employability performance of more than 1,000 universities and to indicate which of the following factors were decisive in how they voted: academic excellence, subject specialization, focus on work expertise, graduate skills, digital performance and internationality. The final GEURS list highlights the top 250 universities in the world.
Released on November 23, this year’s rankings revealed that graduate skills, including digital literacy and soft skills, have become the most important factor to employers since the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Recruitment is shifting from [being] degree-based to skills-based,” said Laurent Dupasquier, associate director of Emerging.
“What will matter more and more is what graduate skills the young graduates possess rather than the origin of their degrees.”