IE University is the No. 1 University in Spain, No. 12 in Europe and No. 34 worldwide in the Global Employability Survey and University Ranking 2013  published today by US daily International New York Times. The ranking gauges how attractive leading universities are for recruiters. Some five thousand HR directors and experts from 29 countries took part in the survey, which not only highlighted the importance recruiters attach to academic excellence, but also their insistence on the key role of a practical learning process, interpersonal skills, teamwork, a capacity to solve problems, and the ability to work under pressures.
IE University has climbed 9 positions in the 2013 ranking  to the No. 34 position worldwide. The universities of Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge head this international ranking, which has evaluated the top 150 universities on the planet. The top 40 universities include 17 in the US, 16 in Europe, 5 in Asia and 2 in Australia.
“This result has further consolidated our university education model. The learning process takes place in an international environment and is geared to the market and to a close interrelation with the corporate world,” says Salvador Carmona, Rector of IE University.
The ranking was drawn up by leading consulting firms Emerging (France) and Trendence (Germany), which analyzed the opinion of 5,000 HR directors and experts from 20 countries about the best universities in their countries, continent, and other world regions. Experts examined parameters that included the different higher education systems, their strong points, and areas where there is room for improvement. They evaluated the level of recent graduates and their capacity to apply theory to corporate realities, and also underscored how technology and initiatives like MOOCs and other digital platforms have revolutionized the future university education model.