The excellence of a university is gauged not just by academic results but also by the employability of its graduates. Employers are looking for talented people who will bring effective communication skills, team work aptitude, and the ability to perform under pressure and in challenging situations.
So it is particularly pleasing that HKUST has been ranked first in Greater China in the high-profile Global Employability University Ranking 2013, carried out by French consulting group RH Emerging in partnership with German polling institute Trendence. The University's position at No. 18 represents a very impressive jump of 28 places over the 2012 ranking, and makes it the only institution in Greater China in the top 20.
As one of the most international universities in China, HKUST is committed to nurturing graduates who have a broad set of skills and a global perspective, as well as embracing a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. It is encouraging to see that this mission is bearing fruit and that these efforts are recognized by the business world. More than 5,000 top recruiters in 30 countries and regions were interviewed for the survey.
The School of Engineering in particular can be proud with the results of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014, where engineering and technology subjects have posted striking rises.
Overall, HKUST is ranked within the world's top 20 in most engineering and technology subjects in this prestigious survey, which ranks subjects based on reputation and research citations. Three subjects achieved their highest positions since the subject rankings were launched in 2011, namely Computer Science & Information Systems (11th), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (11th), and Civil & Structural Engineering (12th). These results establish HKUST as No. 1 in Greater China in both the Computer Science & Information Systems and Electrical & Electronic Engineering fields, and No. 1 in Hong Kong in both the Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering and Chemical Engineering fields. Among the five engineering and technology subjects, HKUST enjoyed a leap of between one-to-seven places in four subjects compared with last year. HKUST continues to be ranked within the global top 30 in all five subjects in engineering and technology.
Elsewhere, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of Top 100 Universities for Engineering and Technology 2013-14 has placed HKUST first in Greater China and 21st globally. The School of Engineering moved up two places from the previous listing and has occupied the No. 1 slot in Greater China for three straight years now. The School's performance in this acclaimed survey pays tribute to its status as a global center of excellence embracing groundbreaking research and transformative teaching.
Best of the Young Stars
The QS Top 50 Under 50 2013/14 is an interesting ranking survey in that it rates the world's top 50 universities established within the last 50 years, based on the highest-performing young institutions in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings. This is the second-year running that HKUST has secured top spot, having risen from second in 2012.