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.