More than 90% of 2014 univer­sity grads find jobs

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Almost all of the Class of 2014 univer­sity grad­u­ates in Shang­hai have found jobs, and a grow­ing num­ber of have cho­sen to do grass­roots work or start their own busi­nesses, sources at the city’s lead­ing univer­si­ties said.

Some of Shang­hai’s top univer­si­ties re­cently re­leased their an­nual grad­u­ate em­ploy­ment re­port, which said that more than 90 per­cent of last year’s grad­u­ates have found work.

Shang­hai had a to­tal of 168,623 grad­u­ates in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion.

A re­port re­leased by Fu­dan Univer­sity ear­lier this month said more than 96 per­cent of its 7,509 grad­u­ates in 2014 have found em­ploy­ment.

Shang­hai Jiao Tong Univer­sity said the em­ploy­ment rate was 97 per­cent among its 8,644 grad­u­ates while Tongji Univer­sity re­ported 98 per­cent among its 9,149 grad­u­ates.

Shang­hai Univer­sity of Fi­nance and Eco­nomics also re­ported a sim­i­lar fig­ure among its more than 3,500 grad­u­ates in 2014.

Although Shang­hai and neigh­bor­ing coastal ci­ties re­main the popular places for grad­u­ates to work, lo­cal univer­si­ties said the num­ber of grad­u­ates look­ing for ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mid­dle and western re­gions is steadily ris­ing.

“The coun­try has been en­cour­ag­ing the grad­u­ates to work and start their own busi­nesses in the western re­gion in re­cent years,” said Yang De­qing, di­rec­tor of the em­ploy­ment guid­ance of­fice at Shang­haibased Fu­dan Univer­sity. “And we have seen more grad­u­ates have gone to do grass­roots work or cho­sen to de­velop their ca­reers in the western re­gion.”

Fu­dan Univer­sity said that more than 600 stu­dents who grad­u­ated in 2014 have cho­sen to work in the western re­gion or at the grass­roots level.

Shang­hai’s Jiao Tong Univer­sity said more than 60 per­cent of grad­u­ates in 2014 choose to work in the mid­dle and western re­gions, for grass­roots bod­ies and the coun­try’s key in­dus­tries.

The Shang­hai ed­u­ca­tion com­mis­sion said the pro­por­tion of grad­u­ates who chose to work in the western re­gion and at the grass­roots level in 2014 in­creased 16.2 per­cent over 2013.

In or­der to en­cour­age in­no­va­tive en­trepreneur­ship and pro­mote em­ploy­ment, the city has launched a se­ries of fa­vor­able poli­cies and in­cen­tives to support grad­u­ates start­ing their own busi­nesses, such as an en­tre­pre­neur ed­u­ca­tion plat­form, train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and tax breaks.

By the end of 2014, Shang­hai Tech­nol­ogy En­trepreneur­ship Foun­da­tion for Grad­u­ates, the coun­try’s first non­profit pub­lic foun­da­tion that mo­ti­vates col­lege stu­dents to pur­sue tech­nol­ogy en­trepreneur­ship, have spon­sored 1,015 business projects, with the fund­ing amount ex­ceed­ing 190 mil­lion yuan ($30.7 mil­lion).

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties also said that more than 40 per­cent of en­trepreneurs in 2014 were young grad­u­ates.

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