Good employment rates for university graduates

A good sign for the economy – Most graduates from the three local universities got employed within six months after graduation, a recent MOE survey reveals.

Judging from the 2009 Graduate Employment Survey, Singapore Management University (SMU) graduates seem to be the most sought after – almost all of them obtain employment six months after graduation, and their salaries are generally higher than their counterparts in similar courses from the other two universities.

The highest starting pay goes to graduates from the Information Systems Management programme at SMU, pegged at an average of $3,445. Those who graduated from the course with at least a Cum Laude (with honours) take in up to $3,754.

On the other end of the spectrum, the worst performing course is Environmental Engineering in National University of Singapore (NUS), where only 63.2% of the graduates are hired. On the long run, however, they may do slightly better than graduates from Art, Design & Media in NTU, where only 61.7% manage to get permanent employment. The latter are also one of the lower-paid ones, with only $2,431 as starting pay. Applied Science graduates from NUS followed close behind, scraping the bottom at $2,393.

More Than Just Management

The Project and Facilities Management programme at the Department of Building in NUS may be relatively new, but its students are set to make a difference to the urban landscape of Singapore and beyond.

By Ong Kai Ling

“Project management is a skill and construction of buildings can be one of the most complex projects. So if you can handle a building, you can handle anything else,” Grace Lee quotes her professor confidently when asked if an interest in construction is necessary for her course of study. The 23-year-old is a final year student studying Project and Facilities Management in the Department of Building at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

This is a far cry from the girl who confesses that she “freaked out” when she attended her first lesson in NUS and realised that the Project and Facilities Management programme is not the business management programme she envisaged.
Thankfully, Grace adjusted her perceptions accordingly and now feels that the programme has broadened her horizons. “I see the world in a more multi-dimensional perspective now,” she reveals.

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Clear Skies Ahead with CAAS

Flying is often said to be safer than driving – Ang Eng Kiat’s job is to ensure it stays that way.

By Azhar Jalil

Mix high passenger volumes with a crowded airspace and it is easy to appreciate the part Ang Eng Kiat plays in keeping the sky over Singapore safe. In the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Eng Kiat is an assistant airworthiness manager responsible for the oversight on safety issues related to aircraft operations and maintenance activities.

“We’re the people who conduct audits and inspections on aircraft and organisations to ensure high levels of safety, while Singapore continues to grow as a vibrant air hub and civil aviation system,” the 26-year-old explains.

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Steering the Ship to Success

They have taken the first, brave step to pursue a degree in the relatively obscure field of Maritime Studies. Now let the SMF scholars tell you more about their passion for the sea and the maritime industry.

By Lim Yan Wen

While her wide-eyed innocence may initially trick you into believing that she behaves her age, Guan Yifei's quiet determination to succeed and her firm belief in the industry she has chosen reveals a kind of maturity that is beyond her years.

The 20-year-old is currently a first-year student in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), pursuing a double major in Maritime Studies and Business. Born in China, Yifei has been studying in Singapore for the past six years. She enrolled into secondary three at Xin Ming Secondary School, before entering the Hwa Chong Junior College. Her decision to enter the field of Maritime Studies with a Business Major stemmed mostly from her self-understanding.

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Young but flourishing

SMU offers opportunities for the go-getters who charge after what they want from life.

By Everlyn Lee

The Singapore Management University (SMU) may be young with only ten years since its incorporation, but it is certainly charging ahead in the tertiary education arena. Modelling its style of education after The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, SMU prides itself on pioneering an interactive pedagogy in Singapore that remains its unique hallmark today.

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Making the Best of Yourself

After taking a leap of faith and choosing to study Law, one third-year undergraduate is now absolutely certain that she has chosen the right degree.

By Cheryl Tay

Faced with the common dilemma of choosing a university and degree programme after the ‘A’ levels, Magdalene Lie found herself at a fork in the road, uncertain of which path to take.

Eventually, after seeking advice from her family, teachers and seniors, Magdalene decided that pursuing a Law degree would best fit her strengths in argumentative writing, critical thinking and debating.

“No one else in my family had studied law and I was initially considering Business or Arts. But after two and a half years of studying Law, I have no regrets about choosing it,” says the former Anglo-Chinese Junior College student.

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Programming success

Nathekumar s/o Tamilselvan and Koh Meng Hui explain why NUS School of Computing is their school of choice.

By Joyce Lin

Computing isn’t all about computers, as recent graduate Nanthekumar s/o Tamilselvan, and current undergraduate, Koh Meng Hui from the School of Computing at National University of Singapore (NUS) can attest to. More than just machines and numbers, computing is a field of study that opens up many doors to exciting and meaningful careers and is a good choice for paving a way for a bright future.

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A Novel Educational Path

For three Engineering Science undergraduates from NUS, the quality faculty and extensive range of subjects covered are their primary reasons for enrolling with the school.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

The discipline of Engineering Science is relatively new to the tertiary education scene in South East Asia, but its heritage goes as far back as the 1930s when it emerged as a non-disciplinary degree for graduates. Today, it has evolved into a field that integrates science with aspects of modern engineering.

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Going beyond the books

One local scholar talks about how an education in NUS is just as fulfilling as an overseas university experience.

By Philip Tnee

She has just turned 19 this year, but Phoebe Lim is already being put through the paces of the working world in the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Arts and Social Sciences undergraduate is not only a scholar with the NUS Global Merit Scholarship programme, but is also an active member of NUS University Scholars Programme (USP).

Just one semester into her university life and Phoebe has already immersed herself with a multitude of activities such as the NUS’ Rag & Flag Parade where students build super-sized floats made entirely out of recycled materials.

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A Different Kind of Exchange

The unique position of SGX as an Asian gateway to the global finance industry is certainly appealing to graduates who are keen to dive into the exciting world of business and finance. SGX scholars John Lim and Wong Yun Zhen can testify to that.

By Lim Yan Wen

Since joining Singapore Exchange (SGX) in August 2004, Senior Associate Wong Yun Zhen has gained considerable maturity and confidence. “I came in wanting to get diverse exposure to different work experiences, and I have gotten that through job rotation,” Yun Zhen says.

The 28-year-old graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS), after taking on the SGX Scholarship following her 'A' levels. “At that time, we were one of the pioneer batches for the scholarship,” the bubbly young lady recalls.

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