Portugal’s Lisbon, Porto universities among Europe’s 100 best for student employability

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The University of Porto, the University of Lisbon, and Nova de Lisboa are among the top 100 universities in Europe for employable students entering the workforce, according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

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University of Lisbon

The University of Lisbon is the 70th best institution of higher education in Europe for student employability, according to the ranking which, for the fourth consecutive year, analyzes graduate employability of higher education institutions.

The University of Lisbon is the largest and most prestigious university in Portugal and is one of Europe’s leading universities.

Heir to a university tradition that spans over seven centuries, the University of Lisbon acquired its current status in July 2013, following the merger of the former Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Universidade de Lisboa.

Nova de Lisboa follows Lisbon on the student employability list at 86th place, and the University of Porto comes in at 100th place in Europe.

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Nova de Lisboa

Nova de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities. The University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including medicine, sciences and humanities.

Founded in 1911, the University of Porto is a benchmark institution for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Portugal and one of the top 200 European Universities according to the most relevant international ranking systems.

While not in the top 100, the University of Coimbra was Portugal’s next university on the list at 250th.

Globally, the University of Lisbon ranked in the 181th to the 190th best institutions, followed by Nova de Lisboa and the University of Porto (both in the 201 to 250 best group) and the University of Coimbra group of 251-300 best institutions).

In general, Portuguese institutions have worsened their results this year, with only the University of Porto improving its position, according to Portuguese news outlet Publico.

This ranking is based on five indicators:

  1. The reputation of the institution among employers.
  2. The success of graduates in the labor market.
  3. Incentives for direct contact between employers and students.
  4. The employment rate of graduates for each institution.
  5. The number of partnerships with companies by professors of each university.

World Student Employability Rankings

The British universities of Cambridge and Oxford are the two best European institutions for student employability, coming in  at 7th and 10th places respectively from the list of 497 universities analyzed around the world.

This year, American institutions reappear in the top ranks of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings in the world:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  4. Harvard University

Australia held the next two slots with the University of Sydney at 5th and the University of Melbourne at 6th.

Outside the UK, 163 European universities are featured among the world’s top 500 for graduate employability in this year’s QS Graduate Employability Rankings. This includes 26 in Germany, 16 in Italy, 14 in Spain and 12 in France.

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