The UCLM placed among the best top ten universities on university education by companies

69% of new graduates with an occupation are working in the region

The EVERIS Foundation has published a study on employability highlighting the education received by the graduates of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), by placing it among the top 10 of a total of 72 universities analyzed. The UCLM stands out in the education provided to its graduates on Science and Engineering studies and Health and Welfare, according to the opinion from a total of 2,000 companies surveyed. The study, which analyzed 21,637 hiring of recent graduates conducted from 2011 to 2015, also reveals that 69% of UCLM graduates surveyed are working in companies located in Castilla-La Mancha. The UCLM supply 10 of the 11 most popular degrees identified by the report.

The ranking University-Enterprise of the Everis Foundation reflects the views of 2,000 hiring managers on the adequacy of the skills of 21,637 new graduates to the needs of their companies. In this regard, the report analyzes the hiring of 72 graduates from Spanish universities and 95 different degrees conducted during the period 2011-2015, grouped into five major fields (Humanities and other Social Sciences, Business Administration, Economics and Law, IT & Telecommunications, Health and Welfare, Science and Engineering). Out of these 72 universities, the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has been selected among the top 10 universities in 2 of the 5 areas studied: Health and Welfare and Science and Engineering.

Another aspect on which the study focuses on is the adequacy between the graduates and the regional production system, analyzing the proportion of new graduates who obtain a job within the region in which each university is located. 69% of UCLM employed graduates are laboured in companies located in Castilla-La Mancha, contributing to retain talent through university education. The study does not include the jobs obtained by new graduates in agricultural companies or public administration.

Additionally, the report identifies 11 university degrees that are among the most in demand by companies such as Administration, Economics, Law, Industrial Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Nursing, Labour and Human Resources Sciences, Journalism and Advertising.

The regional university offers 10 out of the 11 more demanded degrees on their campuses and university centres. In this respect, the vice chancellor for Economy and Planning, Manuel Villasalero, explained that the occupations do not include agricultural enterprises or public administrations as employers, “which would explain why popular degrees such as Agricultural Sciences, Forestry Sciences, Education Sciences or Medicine have not been included on this list”.

In an evaluation of these results, Villasalero indicated that this report “showcases the work done in the university centres to ensure the skills training adapted to the needs of the regional production system, as well as the work done in the academic areas of the UCLM to line up issues such as offering degrees, curriculum or the university places offered for these requirements”.

The vice chancellor recalled that “the UCLM is committed to the socioeconomic development of Castilla-La Mancha, being among other challenges, to form graduates who can obtain highly qualified employment, preferably within the region.” Manuel Villasalero also highlighted that 69% of the graduates of the University of Castilla-La Mancha were laboured into the regional production network “in extraordinarily difficult years for employment during the period from 2011 to 2015, within an autonomous community that has experienced a sharp unfavorable differential growth in relation to the national average and other neighboring regions in particular”.

The results of the EVERIS Foundation report, based on a survey conducted by 7,473 contacts with companies from May 11 to June 29, 2015, confirm those results obtained by others, such as those made by the Knowledge and Development Foundation, in which the contribution of UCLM in the labor market and employment of highly qualified university graduates in Castilla-La Mancha was pointed out, placing the region at the second and third national position.

Press Release Office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, November 4th, 2015.

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