Where Did the Top Chinese Graduates Go in 2018?

Many Chinese universities have published their 2018 graduate employment / further study reports in different formats. Most of the top universities produced more graduates than the previous year, with 4-16% of the graduates (at all three levels) choosing to continue studying abroad. In Tsinghua, over ¼ the Tsinghua undergraduate students chose to study abroad, however, the figure is much lower for postgraduate level, at only 6%. There are a total of 1,146 Tsinghua students studying abroad at all three levels (including PhD), making up 16% of Tsinghua’s graduates. Within China, 1/3 of Tsinghua graduates work for state-owned enterprises, 1/3 for private, 5% work for multi-nationals, and 1/5 work in universities or research organizations. The top three employers for Tsinghua are Huafei, TenCent and ICBC (Industry and Commerce Bank of China). The highest absolute number of graduates who chose to study abroad are the 1500+ students from Zhejiang University, whereas the highest percentage of students studying abroad is 57%, from the NYK, Shanghai.

Other top graduate employers for leading Chinese universities include: China Construction Group, the National Grid, Aviation Industry Corporation of China Ltd (AVIC), China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China Post, China Agricultural Bank, Alibaba, China Merchant Bank, Shanghai Jiaotong University affiliate hospitals, Zhongxing Telecom, Ctrip, Baidu, and GE. Both the New York University, Shanghai and Huazhong S&T University have released their 2018 average graduate’s salary figures, which are RMB11,125 (USD1,630) and RMB8,600 (USD1,250) respectively. Each saw a 13-14% salary increase compared to 2017 graduate salaries.

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