Harvard topped the chart of universities around the world that were ranked based on the "employability" of their graduates. MIT ranked seventh worldwide, while Boston University ranked 17th.
The chart, entitled "What the job market wants," was published today by the New York Times, which said an online survey was compiled by Emerging, a human resources consultancy based in Paris, and Trendence, an institute that researches employer branding, personal marketing, and recruitment, according to the Times.
Other U.S. schools that ranked highly were Yale (2), Standford (5), Columbia (7), and Princeton (8). BU is the next U.S. institution on the list, ranking it seventh in the nation above schools like Brown (which ranked 22) and Duke (26).
The chart states that more than 2,500 recruiters and about 2,200 international chief executives and business managers were asked between May 18 and June 7, 2012 to select their top universities. The countries represented were Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
Farther down the worldwide list were Boston College (83) and Brandeis (118). The two are 22 and 34 in the U.S., respectively.
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