Oxbridge - a portmanteau for Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which traditionally vie for the coveted positions of being number one on various crucial factors of university rankings, have been relegated to third and second places, respectively by Imperial College, London. Guardian’s University Guide, 2017 ranks Imperial College, London as the elite institution with highest graduate employment rate. It signifies students graduating from this college have more chances of being in a career six months after passing- out than any other on the list.
Although universities ranked in top slots celebrated this outcome, the ones at the bottom have a different story to tell. They underlined various incongruities in the results, comparing Guardian’s findings to their own. They stated their students to have a higher proportion (than the Guardian’s findings show) of being in their first jobs six months down the line. They stated the findings are not based on an entirely level playing field, but on an absolute measure of graduate employment, which is valid but incomplete. While it takes student satisfaction, teaching speed, and quality of feedback into consideration; familial backgrounds and social wealth are kept completely out of the picture. They further said the outcomes don’t justify the risks these universities take in realizing dreams of students with great potential but weak backgrounds.Read More