Lianhe Zaobao reported that about 90% of Yale-NUS College’s first batch of graduates found employment or were pursuing post-graduate studies, an increase from the 63% reported during the graduation ceremony in May this year.
The article also featured comments from President Tan Tai Yong, who noted that the idea of liberal arts was still a fairly new concept in Singapore. Hence, some Singaporeans might have the perception that a liberal arts education was of limited value and some parents might be concerned about the lack of a professional degree. Professor Tan highlighted that the broad-based foundation of a liberal arts education was actually very effective in preparing students with skills that not only contributed to their employability but also good intellectual habits of critical thinking and adaptability.
Two recent graduates, Chua Yao Hui and Erika Shibuya, were also interviewed. Yao Hui, currently a software engineer in local start-up Carousell, shared that he changed his major from Economics to Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences at a late stage, attributing this to the flexibility of the Yale-NUS curriculum. Meanwhile, Erika, an analyst at Credit Suisse, said that she was glad to be part of the pioneer batch, watching the growth of the college in terms of faculty and student numbers, as well as how the College grew to its full potential to stage large-scale events, competitions, performances and public lectures.