The University of Queensland exceeds expectations for graduate employability

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The University of Queensland has been identified as one of the top 30 universities in the world for partnerships with employers.

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings position UQ 29th of 600 measured institutes for successful collaboration with global companies to produce citable, transformative research and work placement-related partnerships.

Acting UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ ranked well above the Australian and global averages on five detailed performance areas assessed in the latest QS report.

“Not only was UQ among the leaders in regard to partnerships with employers, but it was also ahead of the pack in all other facets,” Professor Byrne said.

“We pride ourselves on simultaneously being a leading research institution, providing an outstanding environment for education, and facilitating the placement of graduates with employees who will turbo-charge their careers.

“The rankings results are not through luck and it’s been a concerted effort for UQ to raise the bar in forming partnerships with employers.

“To those who have worked so hard within the university and to our collaborators in industry, this is deserved praise for having the vision to positively influence the life trajectories of thousands of graduates.”

Aside from partnerships with employers, the additional criteria measured in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings were graduate employment rate, employer reputation, alumni outcomes, and employer-student connections.

Within Australia, UQ was ranked fourth after considering all criteria, and first within Queensland.

Five years of records were considered for the rankings.

UQ was highly judged for having research collaborations with 47 companies listed in the Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000.

In June UQ unveiled a ground-breaking co-located research facility with Boeing.

At a period six months after graduation, 87.3 per cent of UQ graduates were found to be employed.

UQ was given scores of 92.9 out of 100 for partnerships with employees and 87.9 out of 100 for its graduate employment rate.