Taylor’s graduates are highly sought after

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  • Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018

On top of the world: The Taylor’s Lakeside University campus.

PETALING JAYA: Taylor’s Uni­ver­sity is the fourth best in the world based on its score of 99.7/100 in the graduate employment rate indicator under the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

This means the proportion of the university’s graduates are employed 12 months after graduating.

QS research director Ben Sowter said the graduate employment rate was one of five indicators used by QS to compile the overall Graduate Employability Rankings.

The other four indicators are Employer Reputation (30% of final score), Alumni Outcomes (25%), Partnerships with Emplo­yers per Faculty (25%) and Employer-Student Connections (10%).

“The graduate employment rate is adjusted to account for national economic conditions, so that universities are not penalised for operating in struggling economies, or beneficiaries of thriving ones,” he said.

Overall, Taylor’s University is placed in the 201-250 band in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Ran­kings.

Its vice-chancellor and president Prof Michael Driscoll expressed his elation over this achievement for a young university.

“This achievement is testament to the strong relationship that Taylor’s has nurtured with employers, allowing us to craft a curriculum that gives our students the skills and knowledge they will need for their respective careers,” he told The Star.

In total, Sowter said there were seven Malaysian universities in latest global employability rankings with five new entrants this year.

Universiti Malaya leads the listing for Malaysia, which has risen from the 201-250 category to 161-170.

This is followed by Taylor’s University, the International Islamic University Malaysia, UCSI Univer­sity, Universiti Kebangsaan Malay­sia, Universiti Sains Malay­sia and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

On the Malaysian universities, Sowter said they could classify themselves among the world’s top 500 for engaging with employers, nurturing hireable graduates and fostering industry leaders.

UCSI University vice-chancellor and president Senior Prof Datuk Dr Khalid Yusoff said that UCSI always took graduate employability seriously.

“UCSI embraces Industry 4.0 and partners with more than 4,200 companies to equip students with skills and mindsets for employability and entrepreneurship.

“In the past year, for instance, three of our alumni have been inducted into the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 for social entrepreneurship,” he said.

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings compiled by the company that also produces the annual QS World University Rankings, offers students, parents and policymakers the comparative data on 500 universities, according to their ability to provide their students with a successful career.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States tops the rankings this year.

For more on the full rankings, visit www.TopUniversities.com.

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