London universities drop in employability rankings
British universities continue to struggle with preparing students for the complexities of the modern job market, a new report shows. Out of the 150 best ranking universities in terms of employability in the world this year, only 10 are from the UK with just five from London. The 2011 report included 15 universities from the UK.
The data comes from the 2018 Global University Employability Ranking produced by Emerging and published by Times Higher Education (THE). THE surveyed 7,000 recruiters and managers of major companies from across the world and compiled the data, giving each university a score.
The five London universities present in this year’s top 150 ranking are:
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- London Business School
There has been decline in rankings over the last few years for all universities, with UCL and LSE taking the biggest hit.
English — No Longer a Monopoly
The changes come as Germany more than doubled the number of its universities in the top 150. It now surpasses the UK with 13 universities in the top. France, which was lagging behind, is also changing its strategy to better suit the needs of their students.
“In Germany it is happening more and more, and even France – which is known for being protective of its language – they are offering courses in English too. Put together with countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, which is a hub for higher education, where English is widely used”, said THE data editor Simon Baker in an interview for The Telegraph.
Universities in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and other East Asian countries are also moving up the ranks. These countries adopting a more international approach and focusing on programmes taught in English leads to a move away from the UK, say experts.
“You’ll never knock Oxford and Cambridge out, but you might see some other British universities that are not so well known fall out and be replaced by a top university in Hong Kong or China,” added Mr Baker.
As universities all over the world adopt English on a bigger scale, the UK and US lose the monopoly on international studies. And with an uncertain Brexit looming over, the prospect of coming to London becomes even more unattractive for many. Instead, students might choose cities that are cheaper and easier to relocate to. What this means for the future of London universities remains to be seen.