McMaster University graduates are some of the most employable: report

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Published December 3, 2021 at 11:20 am

Graduates from McMaster University in Hamilton are some of the most employable in the world, according to a report. (photo credit: McMaster University)

Graduates from McMaster University in Hamilton are some of the most employable in the world, according to a report.

Times Higher Education ranked 250 universities across 41 countries. McMaster University came in at number 5 in Canada and 78 internationally in the 2021 Global Employability Ranking.

The ranking is based on the responses of nearly 11,000 international managers and recruiters from 23 countries on which universities produce the “best graduates in terms of employability” in their own countries and abroad.

“McMaster’s graduates bring a range of skills and abilities to the workforce beyond academic excellence,” says McMaster President David Farrar. “Our strong standing in this global ranking demonstrates that employers value the creativity, innovative ideas, and collaborative spirit that McMaster graduates bring to the workplace.”

Almost 90 per cent of McMaster’s graduates find work within six months of graduating, and almost 94 per cent are employed after two years.

In Canada, Mac finished behind the University of Montreal, McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto — which is ranked first in Canada and 12 in the world.

Times Higher Education ranked 250 universities across 41 countries. McMaster University came in at number 5 in Canada and 78 internationally in the 2021 Global Employability Ranking.

The full list can be found on the Higher Times website.

Earlier this year, McMaster University ranked third in Canada and 14 in the world in The Times Higher Education 2021 Impact Rankings.

Mac was ranked 17 last year in the same rankings.

This is the third year for the impact rankings, which recognize the contributions of universities “as they work to make the world a safer, more sustainable place,” based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More than 1,200 universities from 98 countries submitted data, compared to approximately 850 participants last year.

McMaster placed first in Canada in three categories that recognize the tremendous impact of its research and community work: Good health and well-being; partnerships for the goals; and decent work and economic growth.

“The impact of our work comes from addressing the most pressing challenges facing our communities and our planet — the same challenges that shape the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” says McMaster President David Farrar.

“Our researchers have a long history of working across disciplines to share and amplify their expertise — with one another, with industry partners and with members of our communities — with the goal of saving lives, supporting and sustaining our planet, and improving the lives of people around the world.”

McMaster’s SDG rankings:

  • 1st in Canada, 4th globally in Good Health and Well-Being
  • 1st in Canada, 8th globally in Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 2nd in Canada, 12th globally in Reduced Inequalities
  • 2nd in Canada, 14th globally in Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 1st in Canada, 14th globally in Partnerships for the Goals

McMaster was also ranked as one of Canada’s best universities in Maclean’s 2022 rankings of post-secondary institutions across the country.

Mac ranked 7th out of 15 medical doctoral universities in terms of student satisfaction and 4th overall among Canada’s medical doctoral universities.

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