These are the Best Universities in Africa for Getting a Job

Best Universities in Africa for Getting a Job
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Global higher education think-tank QS Quacquarelli Symonds has named the world’s top 500 universities for nurturing graduate employability.

The Rankings includes 9 top African universities amongst the 500 institutions featured in the rankings, with only one of these featuring in the top 100.

The list is dominated by six South African universities, led by the University of Cape Town, which placed inside the top 100 overall. The rest include 3 universities from Egypt and one from Kenya.

The 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings offer authoritative, independent, multivariate data regarding the relationship between university choice and career outcomes.

The rankings are designed to help students compare universities in terms of their graduate employability prospects.

In so doing, they meet growing student demand for information about the potential employment benefits their education might offer.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is ranked number-one in the world and is followed by Stanford University and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Institutions are scored based on five indicators;

  • employer reputation,
  • alumni outcomes,
  • partnerships with employers,
  • employer-student connections and
  • graduate employment rate.

Here is the list of the best varsities in Africa for landing a job.

The Highest Ranked Universities in Africa for Graduate Employability

Africa rank
Global rank
University of Cape Town
University of the Witwatersrand
The American University in Cairo
Stellenbosch University
University of Nairobi
University of Pretoria
Ain Shams University
University of Johannesburg
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Earlier this year, UCT published its graduation survey results for the class of 2018.
The survey asked 4,791 graduating students about their plans after graduating and whether they had already secured employment.

UCT Graduation 2018 Infographic
The latest Graduate Exit Survey, conducted by the Careers Service unit in the Centre for Higher Education and Development (CHED)

The private sector emerged as the leading employer of 53.46% of graduates, with 19.71% employed in the public sector, and 6.01% by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

In respect of their monthly earnings, the research indicated that 23.39% of students earn between R20,000 and R30,000, 16.14% earn between R15,001 and R20,000, and 5.21% between R5,001 and R7,000.

Around 80% of UCT’s class of 2018 are ‘meaningfully occupied’, with 44.5% employed; 31% studying further; and 3.75% self-employed.

The results show that the Faculty of Health Sciences was the top-performing faculty in terms of graduate employability, with 70% of all medical students employed at the time of the survey. Close behind was the Faculty of Law, with 63.4% of students employed.

Only 10.71% of UCT’s 2018 graduates are still seeking employment, the survey showed.

Wits University‘s most recent graduate exit survey results, published at the end of December.

wits graduates employability
Source: Wits University

The results showed that;

  • 52% of graduates were employed, and
  • 29% were furthering their studies.

Nearly 14,000 attended graduation during this period of which around 6,000 responded to the survey.

Of those employed, 97% secured employment within six months of completing their qualification at Wits.

Two-thirds found employment during their studies or prior to completion – 26% within three months and 4% within six months.

60% of respondents said that they are in professions directly related to their field of study, while 17% said that they are in somewhat related fields.

The survey results show that the private sector was the biggest employer of Wits graduates (51%), followed by government (18%).

The top 10 employers of Wits graduates include the ‘big four auditors‘ (KPMP, Deloitte, EY & PWC) as well as banks such as FNB and Absa.

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