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Computing is cool again - more and better students apply for courses in NUS

Published on Jul 22, 2014 6:24 AM
 
More students go for computer science degrees, which were shunned after the dot.com bust, because of good pay and fun work environment. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

After the dot.com bust of the early 2000s, computer science degrees were shunned by students heading to university.

Now such careers are cool again, with applicants enticed by good salaries and workplaces that blend work with fun.

The National University of Singapore's (NUS) School of Computing - which offers the largest number of degree courses in computer science, information systems and business analytics - has seen a rise in the quantity and quality of applications.

Officials say the number of A-level applicants who listed computing as a first or second choice has increased by about 50 per cent over the last three years.

 
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Background story

RISING DEMAND FROM FIRMS

Big data is now part of every industry - from finance to telcos to health care... As a result, the need for data scientists and analysts has never been higher.

- Professor Teo Hock Hai, who heads NUS' Department of Information Systems

INTEREST IN TECHNOLOGY

There's definitely the coolness factor. Young people are digital natives - familiar and comfortable with technology. They not only want to be consumers of technology, but also producers.

- Mr David Leong, who heads PeopleWorldwide Consulting

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