Column : Employers begin favouring Asian universities
The 2012 Global Employability Survey prepared by Emerging, a French consulting firm, and Trendence, a German research institute specialising in human resource recruitment, has some interesting findings on the premium attached to graduates in the job market. The survey has a bottom-up approach. Instead of identifying universities and asking industries to rank their preferences for pass-outs from these places, a large sample of recruiters, CEOs and business managers were asked to select the universities and institutes from where they prefer choosing their recruits.
Some of the results are expected. Graduates from top-notch universities and business schools in the US and Europe are among the favourites of employers. Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Columbia and Princeton from the US, and Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College from the UK feature in the top 10. The US and Europe dominate the 150 universities and business schools reflected in the employability survey.
What is interesting is the steady emergence of some Asian universities among the favourites. And within these universities, the Chinese appear to be taking major strides.
The Peking University just misses the top 10 and is ranked 11th. The Fudan University is placed at the 28th. Further down, Shanghai Jiao
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