O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has been ranked among the world’s top 500 universities in the prestigious QS Graduate Employability Rankings (GER) 2022 that were released in September. JGU is India’s youngest and the only Indian university purely focused on social sciences, arts and humanities to have found a place in the international employability rankings, which make a global comparison of the employability outcomes of higher education institutions.
This achievement makes JGU one of the leading institutions in the world in creating robust and globally recognised career pathways for its students.
Major Highlights of QS GER 2022
JGU’s ability to produce high-performing achievers is reflective of the university’s cutting edge and progressive curriculum and effective career-services governance, which enable the graduates of the university to be highly employable, and act as instruments of change in any organisation that they are a part of.
Only 12 Indian higher education institutions have made it to the QS GER 2022 this year. JGU is one of only two private Indian universities on this list; the other being Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani). Apart from JGU, the 11 other Indian institutes which feature on the list include 6 IITs, University of Delhi, BITS Pilani, University of Mumbai, Indian Institute of Science, and the University of Calcutta.
This recognition is also a testament to JGU’s constant commitment to breaking the stereotypes of success within the Indian higher education landscape. This is indicated by multiple dimensions of this accomplishment. Firstly, JGU is the only Indian university to be featured in these rankings that is purely focused on social sciences, arts and humanities. Secondly, it is one of the only two private Indian universities on this list. Thirdly, JGU, established in 2009, remains India’s youngest university on this illustrious list of 11 other Indian universities that have made it to the QS GER this year.
JGU has also received an impressive score of 86.9/100 in Graduate Employment Rate, a key indicator considered for the rankings that involves measuring the proportion of graduates (excluding those opting to pursue further study or those who have made themselves unavailable for work) in full or part-time employment within 12 months of graduation. This places JGU amongst the top 71 global institutions of higher education in terms of graduate employment rate.
For the 2022 edition of the rankings, QS, which is one of the world’s largest international higher education networks, considered responses from over 75,000 employers, over 40,800 mapped degrees and affiliations of over 29,000 high-achievers. QS also considered nearly 1,70,000 employers’ connections with graduates, and evaluated over 3,10,000 work placement partnerships. Also, QS included 786 institutions in its evaluation – up from 758 of last year’s – and published the results for the top 550 universities, 10% more than the previous year.
The QS GER methodology is very robust and ensures the consideration of multiple and diverse parameters. For determining these employability rankings of higher education institutions across the world, QS considers how well reputed the institutions are among employers, whether the institutions are nurturing high-achievers, how connected institutions are to companies and how attractive the institution’s recent graduates are to employers. QS considered the following indicators and weightings to calculate the scores for GER 2022: employer reputation (30%), alumni outcomes (25%), partnerships with employers per faculty (25%), employer-student connections (10%) and graduate employment rate (10%).
Congratulating the JGU community on the achievement which cements the university’s position among the world’s premier higher education institutions, Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU, said, “I am humbled to learn that JGU now ranks among the top 500 of the world’s higher education institutions in the prestigious QS GER 2022. As we marked the 12th Anniversary of JGU on 30 September 2021, this remarkable achievement couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a true reflection of the vision and imagination that led to the creation of JGU in 2009. It is indeed the result of the outstanding contributions of the faculty members, students and staff of JGU across all these years. This recognition proves that efforts to establish JGU as a centre of excellence that produces outstanding leaders in various walks of life are bearing fruits. This is a commendable accomplishment during this year given the impact of the global pandemic on the employment of students worldwide. I am filled with pride to see that JGU has overcome various challenges to provide world-class employment opportunities to its students even during a global health crisis.”
Expressing the significance of this accomplishment for JGU in carving a future, especially for non-STEM students of India and the world, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor, JGU said, “The fact that in just 12 years since its establishment, JGU has emerged as one of the world’s top 500 universities in the coveted QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 is a fantastic recognition of the university’s capacity to produce world-class graduates. In addition to putting in place world-class infrastructure and serving as a hub for erudite scholars from different parts of the globe, JGU has also established a robust Office of Career Services which connects our students with potential employers. I believe that these factors, combined with the university’s focus on imparting interdisciplinary experiential learning, providing our students with opportunities of international exposure, as well as enabling them with internships with leading organisations, have contributed immensely to the elevation of JGU’s status as a globally recognised institution in QS GER 2022. JGU’s entry into QS GER also shows that non-STEM graduates can also develop impactful career trajectories given the right platform. JGU will continue to work towards strengthening its platform for creating meaningful and globally recognised career pathways for non-STEM aspirants.”