Employability survey reflects CityU graduate quality

Michael Gibb

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A unique ranking of today’s best universities in terms of the employability of their graduates has listed City University of Hong Kong (CityU) for the first time.
 
CityU is ranked 146th in the Global Employability University Survey and Ranking, an annual survey conducted by the French consulting group Emerging and the German research institute Trendence.
 
Some 4,700 recruiters and executives from 20 countries across Europe, Asia and North America were polled between June and October this year.
 
“I am pleased to share the good news with you that our graduates are well placed in the job market and are sought after by companies globally,” said Professor Way Kuo, University President.
 
The survey ranks the world’s top 150 universities in terms of producing the most employable graduates. CityU is one of four universities in Hong Kong listed in this international ranking.
 
“Such encouraging results reflect the dedication and hard work of our graduates and the commitment of colleagues,” Professor Kuo said.
 
The ranking also highlighted the success of the drive to integrate teaching and research at CityU, he added.
 
The criteria uses in the survey of global universities include how ready for work students are upon graduation, their levels of expertise in an area of competence, teaching quality of faculty, research facilities, reputation, links with industry and levels of internationalisation.
 
The integration of teaching and research is becoming increasingly evident at CityU. Students from the Department of Biology and Chemistry and the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering won the gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree Competition 2014 in Boston, overcoming strong competition from 2,500 participants from 245 universities across 32 countries.
 
The CityU team’s winning entry showed how to use genetically modified Escherichia coli (E. coli) to tackle obesity. It was the first time CityU had ever taken part in this fun, highly educational and thoroughly rewarding competition.

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