27 Nov '17, 9pm

Don't be hasty in dismissing private university degrees

Last week, I met a student who wanted to seek some advice on behalf of his sister. She had just graduated with a diploma in hospitality and tourism management and planned initially to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism course offered by a private school in Singapore next year. But she was now having second thoughts. "Is there any value in a private degree?," my student asked. His question was with reference to results from the inaugural employment survey for private school graduates, released on Nov 15. The survey showed that only 60.1 per cent of private school students found full-time permanent work within six months of graduation and their median starting pay was $2,550 a month. These statistics paled in comparison to the 79.9 per cent and $3,325 per month employment figures for graduates from the autonomous universities. There are at least two reasons to be wary wh...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/dont-be-hasty-in-dism...

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