SINGAPORE: Seven in 10 students from Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) graduating class of 2016 have secured jobs before graduation, according to a preliminary survey of more than 5,000 graduates conducted by the university in June.
The projected numbers are are on par with those who graduated last year and higher than the cohort the year before, where about two in three landed a job before graduation.
One engineering graduate from the 2016 cohort, Mr A Saravanan received five job offers and currently works as a software engineering analyst at Accenture.
He said: "NTU has equipped me with a broad-based education, which has enabled me to approach projects with wider and better understanding. Another valuable experience was my internship at the US Air Force Academy, where I worked alongside cadets from the United States, France and Canada on programming tasks."
NTU also stated in a media release on Monday (Jul 25) that many of its students benefited from internships. Around 11 percent of those surveyed have been employed by their internship companies, and almost 18 per cent received job offers from where they interned.
More than 9,100 students will receive their Bachelor's and higher degrees across 18 convocation ceremonies from Monday till Aug 2.
The first ceremony saw the pioneer batch of graduates from three programmes - the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP), the University Scholars Programme (USP) and the History Programme - receive their degrees. Dr Wee Cho Yaw, UOB Chairman Emeritus presided over the ceremony. Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung was also present.
The ceremony also saw NTU confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering on Professor Sir David Payne from University of Southampton, in recognition for his significant contributions to the field of telecommunications.
Renowned Singaporean master potter and ceramicist Iskandar Jalil was also conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters for his accomplishments in pottery and his service in education.
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