QS appreciates that for many students, a successful career is a primary goal of their university education. We have designed the Employment Outcomes indicator to reflect the ability of institutions to ensure a high level of employability for their graduates, while also nurturing future leaders who go on to make an impact in their respective fields.
For this, we have combined two metrics, widely known from our QS Graduate Employability Rankings:
The Alumni Outcomes Index is balanced against student numbers to ensure that larger and smaller institutions are proportionately evaluated. The resulting value is scaled from 0 to 100 and used to adjust the Graduate Employment Rate on a sliding scale:
Employment Outcomes = Alumni Outcomes Index adjusted * ln(Graduate Employment Rate).
In common with our approach in various other indicators such as International Research Network, Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation, we apply log-transformation to draw in outliers and to ensure that the Graduate Employment Rate component does not unduly influence the final score when compared with Alumni Outcomes Index.