TAIPEI, Taiwan - National Taiwan University (NTU) continues to be the favourite of corporate recruiters in 2015 while Tamkang University has fallen out of the top 10 for the first time, according to a survey released yesterday.
A Global Views Magazine poll showed that the most popular graduate programme among corporate recruiters this year was NTU, Taiwan's flagship university.
Tamkang University, a leading private university, fell out of the top 10 while Soochow University and Fu Jen Catholic University made the list for the first time.
National Chengchi University came in second nationwide on the strength of its MBA programme, returning to the top five after many years.
In the first and second quarters of 2015, the financial sector's demand for National Chengchi University's business graduates was at its highest in three years.
The survey on corporate hiring was conducted between June 23 and Aug. 21 by Global Views Magazine in co-operation with Adecco, a Swiss multinational human resource consulting firm, on 596 Adecco clients based in Taiwan.
Tech Schools Slip
National Taipei University of Science and Technology (Taipei Tech) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) placed sixth and seventh this year.
This year the two fell out of the top five, a result that Adecco attributed to sampling differences.
In past surveys, the majority of enterprises had 500 or fewer employees; this year, most had over 500.
Small and medium-sized businesses tend to favour tech students while large-scale enterprises and financial institutions prefer to recruit from traditional programs, said Cindy Chen, regional director of Adecco North East Asia.
Graduate schools preferred by recruiters in 2015 were, in order: NTU, NCCU, National Cheng Kung University, National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University, Taipei Tech, Taiwan Tech, Soochow University, Fu Jen Catholic University and National Sun Yat-sen University.
NT$3,740 (S$160) for Graduate Degree
The number of students attending graduate school in Taiwan is on the decline: Compared to 10 years ago, the figure has halved.
Sixty per cent of corporations surveyed said they perceived little difference between hires with a four-year undergraduate degree and an advanced degree.
On average, large enterprises were willing to pay NT$3,740 more per month for a graduate degree compared to a bachelor's, according to the survey.
That wage premium is higher than last year's, though undergraduates still said the return on investment of a graduate education is poor.