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Higher starting pay, employment rates for fresh graduates from SUTD in 2018

SINGAPORE – For the second year running, graduates from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) earned higher starting salaries than their peers from other local autonomous universities with those in full-time permanent positions earning a median salary of $3,850 last year.

Established in 2009, SUTD focuses on engineering, innovation and design.

A survey by SUTD of 285 out of 334 of its graduates last year showed the 2018 batch also earned more than their seniors from the previous batch who recorded a median starting salary of $3,700.

The same survey showed the median starting salary of the 2018 batch of graduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) was $3,500.

About 11,200 graduates from these four universities participated in the survey. These graduates came from a wider range of disciplines, including the arts and social sciences and the creative disciplines.

SUTD’s survey results also revealed that almost all of its fresh graduates were employed within six months of completing their final examinations.

The overall employment rate for its graduates was 94 per cent, up from 91.4 per cent in 2017, while 86 per cent secured full-time employment – a rate that was similar to the 2017 batch.

SUTD said that top hiring sectors included information and communications, finance and insurance, and scientific research and development.

For example, its information systems technology and design graduates received a median salary of $4,400, with a full-time permanent employment rate of 93.3 per cent.

Commenting on the survey results, SUTD president Chong Tow Chong said: “This is further affirmation that SUTD’s multi-disciplinary, design-centric education nurtures our students with strong critical thinking, innovation and problem solving abilities, preparing them well for the jobs of tomorrow.”

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