American University of Beirut Breaks in the top 50 in the Latest QS Employability Rankings

AUBBy Arabia Higher Ed Editorial Team

QS published this week its second Graduate Employability Rankings, after a pilot edition in 2015.

The top ten universities were dominated by the United States with Stanford, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Harvard claiming the top three positions, respectively.

Fourteen universities from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates made the latest rankings.

Lebanon’s American University of Beirut (AUB) broke into the top 50, and ranked among elite universities at the 41st position in the world. It is the first time a University in the Arab region breaks into any rankings's top 50.

The closest ranked institution in the region is at the 201-250 position.

Egypt was the most represented country in the rankings with four institutions in the top 500, followed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with three each. Lebanon had two institutions while Jordan and Kuwait have one each.

The American University of Beirut scored a total of 72 points with an impressive 99.8 score for graduate employability rate. AUB also scored 81 for alumni outcomes, an analysis of “more than 30,000 of the world’s most innovative, creative, wealthy, entrepreneurial, and/or philanthropic individuals to establish which universities are producing world-changing individuals.”

The Global University Employability Rankings are based on five indicators that were updated this year along with their corresponding weights. The metrics include an employer reputation metric (30%) which is based on over 30,000 responses to the QS Employer Survey that asks employers to identify “those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative, effective graduates.” 

The rankings also use an alumni outcomes metric (25%) that measures the ability of universities to produce highly successful and visible alumni in addition to partnerships with employers per faculty metric (25%); an employer/student connections metric (10%) that measures employers interest in campus activity, and a graduate employment rate metric (10%) that measures the proportion of graduates in full or part time employment within 12 months of graduation.

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