17 October 2019

Linköping University is best in Sweden for the entry of students into the labour market. 88 percent of students from LiU are employed a year after graduating. The statistics are presented in a newly published report from the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ.

Bicycles on campus Valla. Magnus Johansson

“We are joint top with the Royal Institute of Technology. Given that our students graduate in a wide range of subjects, achieving first place like this is extremely impressive and gratifying”, says Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun. “And we know that many students choose to move to study at LiU, and these students then move out of the region when they enter the labour market.”

LiU graduates are attractive for employers, to say the least. A year after graduating, nearly nine out of ten (88%) have entered the labour market. The value for Sweden in general is lower, 84%.

Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun, Linköping University. Photo credit Thor BalkhedHelen Dannetun points out that this result agrees with UKÄ’s previous investigations, in which LiU has also performed better than comparable broad-based universities: Umeå, Uppsala, Örebro, Karlstad, Växjö and Malmö.

UKÄ has followed up students who graduated during the academic years from 2012/2013 to 2014/2015. In general, more graduates than ever, 84%, are entering the labour market within 1-1½ years of graduating. The means, among other things, that they have not been unemployed for any period, and had an annual salary of at least SEK 230,200 when the measurements were taken.

Sjuksköterskeprogrammets studenter tränar på läkemedelsberäkning på Clinicum. Photo credit Emma Busk WinquistThe degree of employment is highest for LiU graduates in the health and medical care field, where 95% were employed soon after graduation. Graduates in teaching are also highly employable, with 93% employed within a year. In the field of technology, nine of ten LiU graduates are in work one year after graduating.

The report shows that it pays to officially apply for and receive a degree, rather than simply collecting academic credits. Among those who did not officially graduate, 66% of women and 68% of men had entered the labour market. This is around 17% lower than it is among those who applied for and received a degree.

Translation: George Farrants

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