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Employers Now Prefer PUP Over UP, ADMU, DLSU, UST Grads

'They don't usually display an attitude of self-entitlement.'

The tables have turned after the previously fourth ranked Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) topped a survey showing which universities employers preferred to hire graduates from.

The survey conducted by JobStreet with 551 companies as participants showed that PUP beat the University of the Philippines (UP), which was last year’s leading choice.

PUP garnered an overall 45 percent rating and was far ahead of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) which came in at second with 31 percent.

Tied at third were Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and UP with 29 percent each. De La Salle University (DLSU) meanwhile was at the sixth spot with 25 percent.

ADMU, DLSU, UP and UST make up the traditional “big four” universities in the country, consistently touted for producing the best batch of graduates every year.



This prompted JobStreet Philippines country manager Philip Gioca to explain the sudden shift in employers’ hiring preference, The Inquirer reported.

“PUP graduates display three distinct characteristics that is needed in their business,” Gioca said.

“One, PUP graduates display a drive to succeed and are very hardworking. Second, they have reasonable demands and they don’t usually display an attitude of self-entitlement. And third, they tend to stay longer in a company and they don’t leave at the slightest difficulty,” he added.

Below are the school rankings, based on the JobStreet survey:


1. PUP 45%
2. UST 31%
3. ADMU/UP 29%
4. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila 27%
5. Far Eastern University 26%
6. DLSU 25%
7. Technological Institute of the Philippines 24%
8. Mapua Institute of Technology 22%
9. University of the East 20%
10. Adamson University 17%

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