Graduates of National Taiwan University (NTU) beat out graduates of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) among Taiwanese employers this year to become their top pick, a survey released on Thursday showed.
The annual survey by Global Views Monthly magazine in conjunction with 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) showed NCKU, the most popular school among Taiwanese employers last year and in 2010, in second place, followed by -National Tsing Hua University.
National Chiao Tung University and National Chengchi University came fourth and fifth respectively.
A good educational background may benefit graduates initially, but an employee’s skills and professional knowledge are the key factors to surviving in a competitive workplace after three to five years’ working experience, 104 Job Bank sales marketing director Regis Chen (陳力孓) said.
Chen said that National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, which placed eighth in the poll this year, was the only technology university in the top 10, with respondents praising students for their ability to learn and cope with crises.
The survey asked employers to rate schools based on five indicators, such as a student’s employment strengths and competitiveness, Chen added. The survey, conducted from Dec. 12 to Dec. 25 last year, had 554 valid responses, with a margin error of plus or minus 4.16 percentage points.