Taiwan Tech on list of world's best in terms of employability
Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) The National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) is on the Times Higher Education (THE) 2016 list of the world's 150 best universities for delivering work-ready graduates.
Taiwan Tech ranks 73rd and is one of three Taiwanese universities on the Global University Employability Ranking for 2016.
The other two are National Taiwan University (placed 127th) and National Tsing Hua University (141st), according to the ranking published in the London-based weekly magazine last week.
Taiwan Tech President Liao Ching-jong said given that many Asian universities of science and technology have relatively high spots in the rankings, he thinks it is his school's close cooperation with the industrial sector that made it into the top 100.
The California Institute of Technology in the United States tops the ranking, designed by French human resources company Emerging and published exclusively in THE.
The Technical University of Munich in Germany (8th) and the University of Tokyo in Japan (10th) are the only institutions outside the U.S. and the United Kingdom to make it into the top 10 of the rankings.
From the 11th to 20th places, Asian universities took four places -- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology at 13th, National University of Singapore at 15th, Peking University at 17th, and Tokyo Institute of Technology at 20th.
According to THE, to produce the Global University Employability Ranking, an online survey was completed by two panels of participants between April and July 2016. Both panels included respondents from 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and Malaysia.
Others are Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K. and the U.S.
The first panel consisted of recruiters at management level who have experience of hiring or working with graduates. Each person was given a list of local universities (with the option to add more) and had up to 15 votes to cast for the "universities in (their) country (that) produce the best graduates in terms of employability."
The sample size of recruiters from each country was determined by the country's number of university students, GDP and number of institutions.
Participants with experience recruiting internationally were also asked to select from a global list of universities that they considered "the best in the world when it comes to graduate employability."
The second panel consisted of 3,450 managing directors of international companies. Participants could cast a maximum of 10 votes on both the local and global lists of universities that had been produced by the first panel. They could also add universities from a database.
Votes were then aggregated into scores for each university to produce the ranking.
Most participants in the survey had at least 10 years' experience in the workplace and had worked for firms with more than 500 employees, according to THE. (Courtesy of CNA)