A Singaporean friend of mine,
who was then a director in a European multinational corporation located here,
told me a few years ago that he specifically directed his human resource department
not to hire any graduate from our local universities unless absolutely necessary.
His view was that local graduates lacked
the necessary mindset and attitude to do a job well.
graduates of foreign universities, Singaporean or otherwise,
tended to be more independent, streetwise, resilient and self-driven.
According to him, the only positive thing about local graduates
was that they were book-smart.