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Microsoft, Google and Facebook and other top companies have hired graduates from
the School of Computer Engineering
By Jeremy Koh

Big names Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Lucasfilm and Procter & Gamble – these are just some of the top companies that have hired graduates from the School of Computer Engineering. So if you have ever wanted to get your foot in the door of these companies, look no further.


Big achievements It’s no surprise that the school’s graduates are highly sought after as the school is among good company. In a ranking by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan, a body that reviews standards in higher education and research, the school was ranked fourth in the world, after big-league institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.


According to Microsoft Academic Search, NTU’s computer science research is ranked within the top five worldwide in 2012, in the areas of data mining, artificial intelligence, and simulation and modelling.

Big money At almost S$3,600, the mean gross starting pay of NTU’s Computer Engineering graduates is the highest among all fresh NTU hires. On average, the school’s Double Degree in Business & Computer Science graduates also earn more than fresh graduates of all single and double degree programmes in NTU, taking home a gross starting pay of S$3,913.


Big goals This school knows the importance of being attuned to technology trends. So expect to be equipped with strong foundations and skills that help you keep abreast of emerging challenges. Make the best use of the school’s impressive infrastructure, which includes a
state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Display. And have fun converting caffeine to code as you write killer apps or squash the competition at a hackathon.


Bigwigs Imagine starting a computer solutions company that grosses a cool S$15 million in its first year. That was Marcus Cheng’s good fortune. Inspired by the sales-oriented background of top entrepreneurs, he pursued marketing electives in his final year at the School of Computer Engineering. He is now pushing to make his company, ACCLIVIS, one of the most recognisible brands in the IT industry. His company is also working towards an Initial Public Offering in the next few years.


Then, there’s Google pioneer and Jolly Good Fellow Tan Chade-Meng, another inspiring alumnus who is something of a tourist attraction at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, where he is regularly photographed with famous people visiting the company’s headquarters, including Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Mark Zuckerberg. The award-winning engineer is also a New York Times best-selling author, a thought leader and a philanthropist who has regularly given back to his alma mater.


Dr Koh Wee Lit is another alumnus who was in the news when his start-up, Red Hare Studios, launched the first made-in-Singapore original-concept PlayStation 3 game last year.