China Leads Asia Rise in Global Employability Ranking 2018


The Global University Employability Ranking, designed by a French HR consultancy Emerging and published by Times Higher Education (THE), has listed the top 150 institutions for employability.

7,000 major employers around the world voted for institutions both in their country and around the world.


Top 10 Universities

  1. Harvard University (The US)
  2. California Institute of Technology (The US)
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (The US)
  4. University of Cambridge (The UK)
  5. Stanford University (The US)
  6. Technical University of Munich (Germany)
  7. Princeton University (The US)
  8. Yale University (The US)
  9. The University of Tokyo (Japan)
  10. National University of Singapore (Singapore)

It is no surprise that Harvard University or University of Cambridge snatched the top seats again.

East and Southeast Asia

There is a total of 26 East and Southeast Asian institutions in the top 150 this year including Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. There are seven and six universities in China and South Korea in the top 150 respectively.

The University of Tokyo and the National University of Singapore(NUS) have made it to the top 10.

58 universities in Europe including Germany, France, The United Kingdom, The Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Finland and Sweden are ranked among the top 150 universities.

France and The United Kingdom hold steady this year, each retaining 10 institutions. Germany, with 13 universities on the chart, has doubled the data in 2011 and has become the most-improved European country.

The U.S. continues to experience a sharp decline (-21) in performance compared to seven years ago, despite its overall domination (34).

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been lagging behind the global scene. Both Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have dropped four and six places respectively.

Although City University of Hong Kong has received a fair amount of presence in other rankings, the academic institution has not been able to make it to the list.

Singapore & Malaysia

Two universities in Singapore have improved their rankings compared to last year.

National University of Singapore has made to the top 10 most employable university, while Nanyang Technological University has increased 18 places.

NUS President Tang Eng Chye commented on Today that NUS strives to ensure that the graduates are well-prepared for the digital economy, with deep expertise in and across disciplines, core life skills as well as a growth mindset that will position them well for a world of disruption and change.

University of Malaysia is ranked as 149 this year.


Seven universities in China have snatched their seats in the top 150 this year, with four in top 100.

Peking University: 19
Shanghai Jiao Tong University: 36
Fudan University: 44
Tsinghua University: 52

Although only three out of seven Chinese universities have moved up their ranks, this is still a huge advance for mainland China in a bigger picture. In 2011, only four universities were in the top 150.

Human Resources has selected nine universities from Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China and compared their Global University Employability Ranking with U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking and QS World University Ranking 2018: