University College Dublin has risen one place to 74th place in the Graduate Employability Ranking for 2019, retaining its position as the top university in Ireland for employability for a second year.
Each year, the annual QS rankings in employability rate the top 500 universities globally. Universities are scored out of 100 across 4 metrics rankings: Alumni Outcomes, Employer-Student Connections, Employer Reputation, and Partnerships with Employers.
UCD’s Veterinary Science course is ranked 24th globally in the QS rankings by subject, while nursing at UCD is 31st worldwide.
In a statement published in the Irish Times, UCD President Prof Andrew Deeks welcomed the improved ranking, saying the university had invested “considerable resources to ensure our education curriculum includes transferable skills that our graduates take forward into their working careers.”
He also praised UCD academics whose “excellent research profiles” bring “enormous value” to students.
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) recovered slightly, rising to the 101-110 bracket, having fallen last year from its 2017 bracket ranking of 71-80 to a bracket ranking of 111-120. TCD is still the highest ranked university in Ireland in the QS World University Ranking, where it sits at 104th in 2019, despite falling from its peak ranking of 61st in the world in 2014.
Vice-Provost of TCD Chris Morash said in a statement reported in the University Times that “a Trinity education enables our students to reach their full potential both inside and outside the classroom. We want our students to develop their skills and graduate attributes to succeed in their studies and in their careers”.
Morash also said that the rankings are a “testament” to the “hard work” of TCD students.
The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and the University of Limerick (UL) both received the same bracket rankings as last year, at 301-500 and 201-250, respectively. University College Cork (UCC) also remains in the 301-500 bracket in which it sat last year.
For the first time, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scooped first place for graduate employability, having previously trailed in second in 2017 and 5th in 2018. Stanford University had dominated the rankings since they began, holding 1st place in both 2017 and 2018.