Methodology

geurs key facts

11 years of data

The GEURS survey has been conducted every year since 2010.
It has compiled 11 years of data on Higher Education and worldwide graduate employment.

91 000 respondents

Since 2010 we have surveyed
91,000 managers who work with young graduates. They work around the world, in private companies of all sizes and through all sectors.

1 120 000 evaluations

We have collected more than
one million ratings of universities, covering over 6000 institutions worldwide.

2,1 million recruitments

We have collected the feedback from managers who are responsible for 2,1 million recruitments worldwide.

100% qualified managers

100% of our respondents are top operational managers working and/or recruiting more than 5 graduates per year, from all sectors, all roles and all countries.

32 countries

We have scanned 32 countries from all continents regarding market expectations towards graduates and employability performance.

195 million views a year

With more than 5000 press clippings over time and 195
million views per year, the
GEURS ranking and survey is widely consulted. Source: Meltwater for the Times Higher Education.

2nd most used ranking

GEURS is the 2nd most used ranking by employers.
Source: Trendence

Independent research

GEURS is an independent survey.
It is commissioned by Emerging and conducted by the consulting and polling institute Trendence.

geurs survey and ranking base

The GEURS is the only Top 250 University ranking and survey exclusively based on employers direct assessment. In the survey, these employers share their knowledge on the challenges of future training and their expectations of higher education.

For the ranking they have up to 15 votes each to rate the employability performance of a list of + 2000 universities. They have to select the decisive factor behind each of these casted votes from a set of 6 drivers of employability performance. 

The six drivers are:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Specialization
  • Focus on work expertise
  • Graduate skills
  • Digital performance
  • Internationality

Characteristics of the sample:

  • All operational managers with more than 5 years experience
  • All recruiting and/or supervising more than 5 graduates a year
  • All used to recruit internationally or to supervise international teams
  • At least 2/3 work in companies of more than 500 employees, present in most economic sectors
  • Same share of corporate/business roles and IT/engineering roles.

specifics of the geurs 2021 11th edition