Graduates make it in NYU Shanghai
AS universities release placement reports on 2018 graduates, one of the newest of these august institutions, New York University Shanghai, reported an astonishing increasing starting salaries among its most recent crop of graduates compared to its first cohort who graduated in 2017.
A total of 254 students — 143 Chinese and 111 international — graduated from NYU Shanghai last year. Of them, 94 percent have found jobs or are continuing their education in graduate school. The rest are doing volunteer work, taking a year off or doing other things.
Those who have found jobs in China report an average annual salary of 134,575 yuan (US$19,600), up 14 percent from the previous year. Those who found work in the United States reported an average salary of US$60,217, a 4 percent fall.
Only 18 of the 111 international graduates have chosen to remain in China, with 11 working. Seven are pursuing further study.
Louis Demetroulakos from Greece graduated a year ahead of schedule and is working for Hellas Group as a business development manager, splitting his time between Shanghai and Athens. His job requires him to speak Greek, Chinese, and English.
“I didn’t want a traditional college experience. I wanted something unique and entrepreneurial, and NYU Shanghai has equipped me with cross-cultural tools to navigate the global workplace,” Demetroulakos said. “I can say with all certainty, that choosing NYU Shanghai was the best decision I ever made.”
Among Chinese graduates, 42 percent are employed, 57 percent doing postgraduate work and the rest are taking a break. Among the workers, 83 percent have remained in Shanghai and popular job choices include IT, financing and marketing.
Of those continuing their studies, 80 percent have gone to the US or Canada.
NYU Shanghai Chancellor Yu Lizhong is proud that some graduates have joined in non-profit organizations. Bai Hailun from Beijing joined “Teacher for China.”
“As a volunteer teacher in Yunnan, I have realized that what these children need is continuous encouragement and patience. I have seen dramatic changes in myself. I learned to manage both my own emotions and the classroom,” she said.