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More undergrads in Singapore going for double degrees and majors

Many taking their second majors from a different faculty or school

Published on Aug 5, 2014 8:52 AM
 
Nanyang Technological University graduates at their convocation ceremony. More undergraduates are taking up double degrees and majors outside their disciplines, in a bid to broaden their knowledge and become more employable. -- PHOTO: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

More undergraduates are taking up double degrees and majors outside their disciplines, in a bid to broaden their knowledge and become more employable.

The trend has emerged as universities continue to expand their offerings to include more programmes, allowing students to graduate with two degrees in different fields.

Students say the extra time spent on more modules makes them more versatile in the job market, giving them an edge over others with only one speciality. Such programmes tend to attract brighter students.

Singapore Management University (SMU) vice-provost (undergraduate) Pang Yang Hoong said that about 70 per cent of its cohort graduate with a second major or double degree. The figure was 20 per cent to 30 per cent four years ago, she said.

 
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