Recruiters turn their attention to France’s higher education institutions

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017 guide has just been published, featuring 12 French institutions, including three in the world’s top 30.

The guide, which studies the employability of young graduates from 150 different higher education establishments, places a particular emphasis on institutions with close links to industry that appreciate the importance of teaching entrepreneurship to students.

Three of France’s Grandes Écoles appear in the top 30 (École Polytechnique, HEC Paris, EM LYON), making it the third best-represented country, after the United States (10 universities) and the United Kingdom (4). Two French institutions that have fared particularly well in this year’s guide are the École Polytechnique (up 21 places) and EDHEC (up 34) in Paris.

This year marks the seventh edition of the Times Higher Education world guide, which calculates its rankings using data from a survey of 2,500 employers in 22 countries along with the views of a panel of 3,500 international managers. According to employers featured in this year’s guide, three factors that help young graduates to stand out from the crowd are good professional experience, expertise in their chosen field and advanced knowledge of a foreign language.

Click here to read the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017 guide in full.

French higher education establishments in the rankings:

  • 22nd - École Polytechnique (up 21 places)
  • 23rd - HEC Paris (down 2 places)
  • 27th - EMLYON (down 1 place)
  • 32nd - École Normale Supérieure (up 1 place)
  • 36th - Mines ParisTech (no change)
  • 41st - CentraleSupélec (up 1 place)
  • 70th - ESSEC Business School (up 4 places)
  • 90th - Sciences Po (up 7 places)
  • 98th - EDHEC (up 34 places)
  • 104th - Université Pierre et Marie Curie (down 17 places)
  • 129th - Université Paris-Sud (down 16 places)
  • 149th - ESCP Europe (new entry)

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