Those ranking-crazed hooligans over at the QS University Rankings have been at it again. It beggars belief how they find the time or the inclination to so comprehensively rate and itemize the top universities in the world according to various metrics, presumably they can because they are employed to do so. Their most recent punt at creating some grand league of elite educational institutions around the world has seen them create a ranking according to the perceived employability of each institution's graduates.
The Irish university that they have decreed to have the most employable graduates is University College Dublin which has placed 74th on their list - the highest ever position of an Irish institution on such a QS list. It has climbed one place since last year where it was ranked 75th.
They describe UCD as having 12 subjects which are ranked in the top 100 of their respective fields, and 30 in the top 200. They say that its status as one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities has led it to be ranked within the top 1% of educational institutions worldwide.
They determine the listings based on various factors, including the opportunities each university provides to connect with prospective employers; the reputation of the employers that many of its graduates go on to work for and the eventual outcome of its alumni. Where UCD really excelled was on its rating for the opportunities it provides for students to connect with employers, through internships, course placements etc.
Four other Irish institutions featured in the list, which rates the top 500 universities globally. Trinity College Dublin was ranked in the 101-110 bracket; University of Limerick placed in the 201-250 bracket and, both NUIG and UCC placed in the 301-500 bracket.
The full rankings can be seen here.