EDUCATION research firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) said it found graduates of the Ateneo de Manila to be the “most employable” among students of Philippine universities.

In a statement Thursday, the Jesuit-run university said it was the sole Philippine institution in the Top 200 of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020. Ateneo rose to the 161 — 170 spot in the rankings from 181 — 190 in 2019.

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings focused on five indicators this year in determining the top employable university graduates in the world: “Employer Reputation; Alumni Outcomes; Partnerships with Employers; Employer-Student Connections; and Graduate Employment Rate.” The study observed the employment rate of graduates produced by the institution and the institutions effort to job-match their alumni.

The firm listed 500 universities in its rankings after studying 750 and considering 680.

The university’s president Jose Ramon T. Villarin said: “The result of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 shows that graduates of the University are some of the most desired in today’s job markets.”

He added, “We will continue to adapt, innovate, and create new openings and opportunities for our students to achieve their dreams and contribute positively to our society.” — Gillian M. Cortez