The Independent is reporting that the UK has experienced a sharp drop in performance for graduate employability at its universities over this decade following intensified global competition, the analysis finds.
The Global University Employability Ranking, published by Times Higher Education (THE), lists the top 150 institutions for employability based on a survey of 7,000 major employers around the world.
The UK has 10 universities in the annual ranking this year, compared to 15 institutions in 2011 – when it was the second most represented nation in the graduate employability table.
Since 2011, the country’s overall performance has declined more than any other European nation. Meanwhile, Germany has more than doubled its number of institutions in the top 150.
Experts say the international outlook of Asian universities- and the increased use of the English language in universities in other countries – are key factors for the UK’s decline.
Simon Baker, data editor at THE, said: “The new data analysis reveals a substantial global shift in graduate employability this decade. We see a dramatically improved performance within East Asia and parts of Europe.
“By-and-large, the highest risers are those equipping students with softer skills increasingly favoured among recruiters, such as teamwork –combined with the strongest possible industry experience.”
Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK, said:“Rumours of a cut in tuition fees, together with the impact of Brexit on research funding, and uncertainty over the status of international staff and students, risk putting the global reputation of our universities at risk.”
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