NUS graduates continue to be among the most sought-after in the global employment market according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Global University Employability Ranking announced on 16 November, which placed NUS at the 16th spot globally and 4th in Asia. NUS is also the only Singapore university among the world’s 20 best universities for employment.
Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost is pleased that NUS graduates continue to be highly regarded by employers around the world. “This is a demonstration of how NUS’ transformative education, which stresses academic rigour, experiential learning, global exposure and real-world relevance, provides our graduates with strong employment prospects,” said Prof Tan.
Looking ahead, Prof Tan added, “NUS will continue to vigorously pursue our strategy of nurturing future-ready graduates and build upon our efforts to prepare our students for a dynamic, fast-changing workplace of the future. We will also further develop the University into an institution for lifelong learning, where our graduates could continually upgrade their skills and develop new competencies to excel in their careers in Singapore and around the world.”
The ranking is part of a broader survey on employability and higher education commissioned yearly by HR consultancy Emerging, which draws responses from 6,000 recruitment managers from large international companies across the world. The ranking is now in its seventh year.
US universities continue to dominate with seven institutions in the top 10, while Asian universities are gaining in reputation. In addition to NUS, other Asian universities in the global top 20 were University of Tokyo, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Mr Simon Baker, Data Editor for the THE, spoke about gains made by Asian universities. “It is clear from the survey results that many Asian universities are leading in producing graduates with exactly the skills firms are looking for as they attempt to gain ground in the digital revolution”. He also pointed to Asian institutions' efforts in recognising the importance of instilling soft skills in students and establishing strong industry links.
See press release.