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NUS Graduates Achieve Stronger Employment Outcomes and Earn Higher Starting Salaries amid A Recovering Global Economy

  • Higher starting salaries[1] for graduates from 25 courses
  • 100% employment for graduates from Accountancy, Information Security, Business Analytics, Dentistry, Computational Biology); >99% employment for Computer Science graduates
  • More than nine in 10 graduates from courses in Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Design & Environment, Engineering, Nursing, and Science employed within six months of completing their final exams
  • More than nine in 10 Architecture, Law, and Pharmacy graduates were employed after completing practical training, practical law course, and pupillage

Graduates of the National University of Singapore (NUS) continued to achieve high employment rates and earned higher starting salaries in 2021, according to the Joint Autonomous Universities Graduate Employment Survey (JAUGES) 2021.

The JAUGES 2021 was jointly conducted by NUS and the other Autonomous Universities.

Professor Ho Teck Hua, NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost, said, “NUS places a strong focus on equipping our students to harness knowledge and skill sets, and develop the adaptability and innovativeness to excel in a complex and unpredictable world. We are heartened to learn that our students have remained highly employable in the uncertain global economy, and continue to command high starting salaries. This shows that our interdisciplinary and integrative university education continues to enable our students to remain competitive and deliver value in their careers.”

“NUS is committed to augmenting the future readiness of NUS students and graduates while preparing them for the fast-changing workplaces of tomorrow. In January this year, we launched two new digital platforms, the Internship-As-A-Service and conNectUS, where they can seize exciting new opportunities in building their career journeys by tapping on the gig economy to market their talents to industry, while building global networks and opportunities with NUS alumni in Singapore and across the world,” he added.

More than nine in 10 NUS fresh graduates secured employment within 6 months after final exams

Among NUS fresh graduates in the labour force, 94.1 per cent were employed within 6 months of completing their final exams, compared to 93.9 per cent in the 2020 survey. Another 2.8 per cent of NUS fresh graduates in the labour force have either accepted a job offer and are pending commencement of duty, or are actively starting a business venture.

Fresh graduates from Accountancy, Information Security, Business Analytics, Dentistry and Computational Biology achieved 100% employment while 99.1% of Computer Science majors landed jobs. More than nine in 10 fresh graduates in the labour force from courses in Arts and Social Sciences[2], Business, Computing, Design & Environment, Engineering[3], Nursing and Science were employed within six months of completing their final exams.

5,144 out of a total of 6,897 full-time fresh NUS graduates from the Class of 2021, and 576 out of 830 follow-up NUS graduates participated in the joint survey.

More than nine in 10 follow-up graduates from Architecture, Law and Pharmacy were employed after completing their practical training, practical law course, and pupillage.

NUS graduates in full-time permanent employment continue to draw high starting salaries

The survey also revealed a 4.3 per cent increase in the mean gross monthly salary of NUS fresh graduates in full-time permanent employment[4], which rose to S$4,258 in 2021 from S$4,082 in 2020.

The median gross monthly salary of fresh graduates from NUS in full-time permanent employment also increased to S$3,850 in 2021, from S$3,800 in 2020.

Graduates from 25 courses in Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Design and Environment, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, as well as the Bachelor of Arts with Honours course offered by Yale-NUS College, achieved improvement in starting salaries.

Please refer to the Annex for the list of courses in which graduates have achieved higher starting salaries compared to 2020.

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NUS graduates from the Class of 2021, Mr Rafid Zuhayer Amin and Ms Ang Shao Qing shared that their university education provided strong foundations which have helped in securing their first jobs. (Photo credits: Rafid Zuhayer Amin and Ang Shao Qing)

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