Ever wondered the true strength and value of your university degree in comparison with others? How a valuable degree will help you in the job market and how far can it take you?
With the help of QS World Rankings, we can broadly rank your university and find out its strengths. But most importantly, we can estimate how powerful our degrees will be on a global or domestic market.
You can also check how strong the courses are based on their rankings. For example, if you study Medicine, you can filter everything down and search for your university. You can also filter it by continent or country to see how well your university, college or business school is doing on a national scale. What determines the strength of an educational institution. This does not include face-value based on tuition fees but from an academic perspective. Of course, money is a strong factor in the research and credibility of hiring the best teachers. But for now, we wish to focus solely on six factors to justify a valuable degree:
- academic reputation,
- employer reputation,
- citations per faculty,
- international faculty,
- number of international students
How do I know where to apply and whether I will get a valuable degree?
In order to get started, you need to narrow down your search to a certain field you are in. You can even narrow down further to continent or country and type of degree (Msc., Bsc. Mphil., MBA, etc.) This way if you are looking to do your studies, you can make an estimation on the true value of a degree from a specific university or college.
It is important to note that rankings don’t necessarily mean that a university with weaker rankings deserves no credit or that you will get a less valuable degree. These rankings are a guide to attract students, researchers, teachers, investors, and companies. But they cannot estimate knowledge or a student’s capabilities. Therefore there is no reason to feel worn down if you are not in UCL, Oxford, École Polytechnique or Heidelberg.
Remarkable inventors, celebrities, laureates, and millionaires come from many lesser-known universities. Rankings are there to attract. At the end of the day, work experience and connections will beat rankings. There is no doubt that an Ivy League degree is noteworthy. But work experience and connections play a bigger role in your career than the paper you would receive. Wherever you study, make the most of it.
Go to student unions, join study clubs, apply for jobs (even voluntary) and fill up your resume with meaningful experience. If you do that, a degree from a top university will be just a minor recommendation by employers. You can do it! 🙂