According to the recently released Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2013, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is the second-best university in Asia. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), another Singapore tertiary institution, also emerged in the list, at the 11th place.
Both universities made it to the list, along with 98 other universities in Asia according to 13 performance indicators which covered their core missions i.e. teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Analysis by Singapore company registration specialist Rikvin shows that this report is further testament to the quality of education offered by Singapore’s homegrown universities.
Furthermore, this study builds on a recent report by Rikvin regarding the employability and salaries of graduates from Singapore’s homegrown universities, including those mentioned above. In the Graduate Employment Survey (GES) 2012, it was revealed that 91% of fresh graduates surveyed were employed within half a year from the completion of their final examinations.
While the rankings serve as a barometer that will help with some form of decision-making, it is more important to pursue knowledge in the fields of study that resonate well with one’s personality. At the same time, it is also prudent to look at Singapore’s strategic skills in demand, so that one is employable after investing in that education.
“In addition, they secured competitive salaries. The mean gross monthly salary was S$3,260. This is very close to the average monthly salary of Singapore citizens in 2012. However, graduates from the Architecture, Biomedical Science, Law, Medicine and Pharmacy faculties earned significantly higher than their peers, especially if they completed a practical training component. Their mean gross monthly salary was S$4,465,” said Ms. Christine Lim, General Manager of Rikvin.
“The rankings ultimately help students decide on which institutions in Asia and in Singapore will offer them the highest quality of education they are looking for. In turn, choosing the right course at the right university could open more doors for them in future,” she added.
“Nevertheless, having access to the “best” education is no guarantee for success later in life. It is key to understand who one really is and what kind of course or line of work is most fitting for oneself. While the rankings serve as a barometer that will help with some form of decision-making, it is more important to pursue knowledge in the fields of study that resonate well with one’s personality. At the same time, it is also prudent to look at Singapore’s strategic skills in demand, so that one is employable after investing in that education,” affirmed Ms. Lim.