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Attitudes towards
obtaining a degree
We are a group of students doing a research on the
attitudes towards obtaining a degree in Singapore. We
would really appreciate it if you could take some time off
to fill up the questionnaire truthfully and carefully.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL ONLY BE USED SOLELY FOR THIS PROJECT
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Name (optional): _____________________________________________________

Gender (Please circle where appropriate): Male / Female

Race (Please circle where appropriate):

Chinese / Malay / Indian / Others (please specify) ________________________

Age: ________

Major in University (i.e. Mechanical Engineering) ___________________

Expected Year of Graduation (Please circle where appropriate)

2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014

Type of Residence (Please tick one)

O 1- and 2- room HDB Flat O 3 room HDB Flat


O 4 room and above HDB Flat O Condominium
O Landed Property O Private Apartment

Number of members in your household: ___________

Occupation of Household members (please fill up for all household members)

Position in household (i.e. Father, Occupation (Please give job title as well as
Mother) position if possible i.e. Shell, Executive
Manager)

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Vehicles owned by members of your household (if none just state zero for that type of
vehicle)

( ) Car ( ) Motorcycle ( ) Lorry


( ) Taxi ( ) Pickup Truck ( )Others(specify)______________

In what sectors do you hope to be employed in? (Select as many as you want)

O Accounting O Entertainment O Biotechnology O IT/Infrastructure

O Finance/Banking O Creative Design O Actuarial O Chemical Engineering

O Finance/Investment O Customer Service O Statistics O Marine Engineering

O Administrative O Logistic/Supply Chain O Food Technology O Engineering

O Human Resource O Legal Service/Law O Nutritionist O Oil/Gas

O Government Service O Social Service O Agriculture O Environmental

O Public Relations O Aviation O Geology O Building/ construction

O Advertising O Chemistry O IT/Software O Hotel/Restaurant

O Education/Training O Medicine O Nursing O Publishing

O Journalism O Pharmaceutical O Others (specify)_____________________

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For each of the following questions, please choose the option that best represents
your own opinion.

Given the context of today’s economy, Singapore would be able to survive without a large
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pool of graduates.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

2) Getting a degree in Singapore is important to me.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

3) Without a degree in Singapore, I would not be able to survive in the job market.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

4) After graduation, I expect to be employed within 6 months.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

5) Getting a degree in Singapore would improve my employability.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

In Singapore’s current context, do you think you will be able to secure a job, which pays
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sufficiently for you to have the life you want to have in Singapore, without a degree?

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

7) It is possible to build a career without a degree in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

8) With a degree, I can expect a starting salary of _________ .

O Less than $2000 O $2000<$3000 O $3000<$4000 O More than $4000

9) I keep track of the labor policies of Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

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10) I know what the niche industries of Singapore’s economy are.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

11) I know which industries are being developed by the Singapore government.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

12) I am up to date with the condition of Singapore’s labour market.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

13) My degree is related to the sector that I want to be employed in.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

14) I would not be able to find a high paying job in sectors that are not related to my degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

15) Singapore’s labour market conditions were a consideration when I was choosing my major.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

16) I am able to find a job that is not related to my degree in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

17) I intend to get a job in the sector that is related to my degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

18) I am concerned about how others think of me.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

19) It is important for me to impress others.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

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20) Graduates are more valued as citizens in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

21) A degree would improve how others think of me.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

22) People then to only think highly of those with high paying jobs.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

23) In Singapore, I can only become financially successful if I have a degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

24) In Singapore. I cannot achieve my emotional needs without a degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

25) In Singapore, I cannot achieve my material needs without a degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

26) In Singapore, I can expect to get a high-paying job with a degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

27) In Singapore, as a graduate, I will have an advantage over non-graduates.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

Everyone has an equal chance of getting a place in a Singaporean university (NUS, NTU or
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SMU).

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

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29) Everyone in Singapore has been given an equal opportunity to pursue a university education.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

I was given an equal opportunity to get a place in a Singaporean university (NUS, NTU or
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SMU).

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

31) The government has provided me with opportunities to achieve all my goals.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

32) I do not need the support of the government to achieve my goals.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

33) Equal opportunities are prevalent in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

Getting a place in a public university in Singapore has nothing to do with equal opportunities
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provided by the government.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

35) During family gatherings, the importance of education is one of the topics of conversation .

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

36) People from the older generation like to talk to me about my education.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

37) My peers often talk to me about the importance of higher education.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

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My peers, who are not studying in NUS, NTU or SMU, are pursuing their degree in a private
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institution.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

If I wasn’t accepted into NUS, NTU or SMU, I would be pursuing my degree in a private
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institution.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

40) It doesn’t matter where I get my degree from.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

In Singapore a degree from a private institution is less valuable than the one I am getting in a
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public university.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

Rank order (from 1 to 9) the following choices of people whom you think influenced you
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having the most influence, 9 having the least)

GROUP (in no particular order) RANK


Parents
Mass Media
Boyfriend/Girlfriend
Peers
Cousins
Uncles/Aunts
Grandparents
Teachers (Current or present)
Past/Current Employers (if any)

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43) It was not my choice whether to get a degree or not.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

44) I would have pursued a degree even if nobody told me to.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

45) A degree is important to me.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

46) I am pursuing a degree because others wanted me to.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

47 I get easily influenced by what others say.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

48) Without a degree, I will not be able to survive financially in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

49) The Singapore government has heavily subsidized university education.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

50) University education in Singapore is not possible without subsidies from the government.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

51) Without government subsidies, university education is affordable in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

52) Cost of university education is not a hindrance for pursuing a degree in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

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53) I know how much my university education costs.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

54) A university education would provide me with a secure career.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

55) Without a degree, it would be impossible for me to advance my career.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

56) I believe that without a degree, I cannot survive financially in Singapore.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

57) I believe that having a degree can help me achieve my material needs.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

58) Without a degree, it is impossible to achieve my goals.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

59) I have always wanted to get a degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

60) My parents have played an important role in choosing to pursue an undergraduate course.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

61) I would be in a low-paying job right now if I am not pursuing a degree.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

62) If I am unable to get a university education, it is because of my own fault.

O Strongly Disagree O Disagree O Neutral O Agree O Strongly Agree

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