An international study of universities focused on the reputation of their graduates has placed Université de Montréal as the world’s 30th best source for new recruits. Moreover, this is a significant advance on last year’s 46th place position, bucking a global trend where most gains have been made by Asian institutions.
he 2012 Global Employability Ranking also reveals that amongst French-speaking universities, Université de Montréal comes in fourth place. “We teach in French; we are the most European of the North American universities, and I think that is of added value to employers,” Université de Montréal Rector Guy Breton told the New York Times, noting that multiculturalism and multilingualism contribute to the university’s openness and worldliness. “We are exposed to the international reality.” The survey-based ranking was prepared by Emerging, a French consulting firm, and Trendence, German research institute specialized in recruitment, and it involved 2,500 recruiters in 20 countries.
As the survey covered graduates from all fields of study, the ranking also reflects the reputations that precede HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, both affiliates of the Université de Montréal.
The survey covered recruiters’ expectations of graduates: while fluency in English was the most “desired professional experience of graduates,” French was considered the second most “important foreign language for career success” (after Chinese.) Furthermore, while employers underscored the importance of past experiences and the links between their company and universities when choosing recruits, they also stated that a university’s general reputation, international exposure and position in rankings are also very important to them. “Université de Montréal is one of the few French speaking universities in the world that are competitive at an international level. We are consistently classed amongst the top one percent of universities in the world,” Dr. Breton said
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- 2012 Global Employability Survey Coverage in New York Times/International Herald Tribune
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