Dalhousie ranks in the top 200 globally for graduate employability

- November 24, 2021

Employers placed the university among the best at preparing students for the workplace. (Danny Abriel photo)
Employers placed the university among the best at preparing students for the workplace. (Danny Abriel photo)

Dalhousie graduates are among the most employable in the world according to the more than 10,000 international recruiters who participated in the 2021-22 Global Employability University Ranking and Survey.

The ranking and survey, run by consultancy Emerging and published by Times Higher Education (THE), asked recruiters from top employers across 23 countries to rate the institutions that best prepare graduates based on six main drivers.

For the first time in the 11 years of the survey, soft skills and subject specialization have exceeded the institution’s perceived academic excellence as a priority for employability. Digital literacy was also identified by employers as a new driver with increasing importance.

Committed to student success

Globally, Dalhousie ranked 187. Employers were asked to vote for up to 15 top performers from a list of 2,000 universities. The ranking features the 250 highest rated institutions and includes universities from 44 countries and regions.

Dalhousie’s placement in the top 200 highlights the university’s commitment to preparing graduates for the workplace.

Third Century Promise, the university’s strategic plan, prioritizes employability as part of an exceptional student experience. Strengthening this commitment is the focus of one of the plan’s action items, which looks to build on “the preparation of students for employment and success through innovations in academic programing, skills-based learning, experiential and work-integrated learning, entrepreneurship training, and community-engaged teaching, research and service.”

National strength

Canadian universities took a notable share of the 118,000 votes, resulting in sixth place behind China and ahead of Japan. USA, France and UK ranked as the top three countries by vote share.

Nine Canadian universities appear in this year’s list of 250 universities. Dalhousie placed eighth ahead of University of Waterloo. University of Toronto and University of British Columbia took the top two spots nationally.


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