These universities prepare graduates best for the job market

Germany has the best university in the EU.
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German universities are in fourth place in the Global Employability Study (GERS), which examines the employability of university graduates globally.

The Technical University of Munich (TU Munich) is in twelfth place as the best university in the EU.

After the Technical University of Munich, the top-ranked universities in Germany are the Humboldt University of Berlin (48th place) and the Technical University of Berlin (53rd place).

Die Global Employability Study (GERS), which is carried out annually by the French management consulting firm Emerging and the HR company Trendence Institute, gives Germany good marks. The survey examines which universities best prepare their graduates for the job market. Germany is in fourth place after the USA, France and Great Britain.

9,800 experienced HR managers from 24 countries were interviewed. They were allowed to vote from a selection of 1000 universities that bring a total of 800,000 graduates onto the job market every year. The top 250 universities, including 17 in Germany, were included in the ranking.


As in previous years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University in the USA occupy the top three worldwide places. The University of Cambridge from Great Britain came in fourth place, with Stanford University in the USA taking fifth place. From Germany, the Technical University of Munich performs best and comes in twelfth place. The Humboldt University of Berlin, the Technical University of Berlin and the Ludwigs-Maximilian University of Munich land in places 48, 53 and 54. The Heidelberg University, the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and the Free University of Berlin also make it in the top 100

The executive director of the Trendence Institute, Robindro Ullah, raised in a press release the strong connections of German universities to employers and the focus on job-related knowledge. The combination of interdisciplinary qualifications, digital competence and soft skills is becoming increasingly important in view of the shortage of skilled workers. “This requires universities that can quickly and dynamically adapt their offerings,” says the Tendence Managing Director.


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