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Despite having their schools ranked highly in annual university rankings, Singapore graduates are in fewer demand in 2016.

The latest graduate survey conducted in 2016 found that 18.8% of the graduates from the three government universities – Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) – are unable to find a full time job and their starting salaries increased by only a mere S$60 to S$3,360.

NUS ranks 12th, while NTU ranks 13th in the QS World University Ranking 2015/2016.

10,904 of the 13,953 fresh graduates from the three universities were polled last year (2016). NTU graduates are the lowest paid among the three, with a mean monthly gross salaries of S$3,424, as compared to NUS’s S$3,541 and SMU’s S$3,722. The salaries also highlighted that engineering graduates are not in demand and hence lower-paid as compared to SMU which offers only business, finance, law and non-engineering courses.