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Why Dublin City University is #1 in Ireland for graduate employment

International students at Dublin City University are more confident about their job prospects after graduation.

In the 2020 QS Graduate Employability rankings, DCU emerged #1 in Ireland and #19 in the world for graduate employment rates. The QS survey was participated in by 758 institutions with the Top 500 coming from 73 countries. Although DCU was within the 301-500 band overall, it emerged #19 in terms of the graduate employment rate for full time and part-time employment within 12 months of graduation.

The graduate employment rate is one of the five indicators considered by QS in determining the world rankings. The other four are (1) Employer Reputation, (2) Alumni Outcomes, (3) Partnerships with Employers and (4) Employer-Student Connections.

“Being ranked in the world Top 20 for our graduate employment rate reflects the quality of the educational experience at DCU and the strong reputation we have with employers. It also demonstrates that DCU is developing highly sought-after, rounded graduates who are ready for the workforce and eager to apply their knowledge and skills in a broad range of settings.”

— Brian MacCraith, DCU President

MacCraith adds that the university has already been recognised in Ireland as a leading university for graduate employment for some time now and the latest ranking from QS is a global acknowledgement of their collective effort to help their students and prepare them for the world of work.

1st in Ireland to integrate work placements into the degree programs

Dublin City University is commonly referred to in Ireland as the University of Enterprise due to its strong links with academic, research and industry partners. It is the first Irish university to introduce INTRA (INtegrated TRAining) or work placements as part of its degree programs. INTRA is an accredited and highly valued part of student learning and is a compulsory part of many degree programs.

The training program aims to enrich students’ education through real-world experience, help them to develop transferable skills and ultimately enhance their employability. DCU estimates 50,000 graduates already employed in significant positions within businesses and enterprises in Ireland.

The university has also launched USTART, its start-up accelerator program which supports students by lending them space and funding to launch their own businesses. These are just a few of the initiatives undertaken by DCU in ensuring that its students become highly-employable and successful in their chosen fields.

International students and education agents who wish to know more about the programs offered by DCU are encouraged to contact the EduCo representative in their area or email: [email protected].