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QS Rankings find UK graduates among the world’s most employable

Exterior of King's College in Cambridge

12 September 2013

Four of the world’s top six universities are in the UK

The latest QS World University Rankings have been released, and a record six UK universities are ranked in the global top 20 – showing the standard of UK higher education continues to rise. Four UK universities made the top six: the University of Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford. The University of Edinburgh and King’s College London both moved up into the top 20 this year. Within Europe, the UK has seven universities in the top 10.

Five UK universities in the top 10 for 'employability'

The QS World University Rankings look at indicators including academic reputation, employer reputation, the faculty/student ratio, the proportion of international students and the proportion of international faculty.

In measuring employer reputation, it carries out a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, which found that UK degrees are highly valued by employers worldwide – graduates from UK universities are among the most 'employable', with employers rating five UK universities among the world’s top 10. QS head of research Ben Sowter said, 'Clearly the prestige of a UK degree is recognised by employers around the world.'

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