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Students from SZU-Tencent AI class sought after by employers
    2022-06-21  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Xia Yuanjie

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THE first batch of graduates from an artificial intelligence (AI) class jointly established by Shenzhen University (SZU) and Shenzhen-based tech giant Tencent are much sought after by employers, despite the worst job market for college graduates in over a decade amid the COVID-induced uncertainty.

The career outcome rate for these graduates exceeded 90%, with over half of the students being recruited by companies like Tencent and e-commerce platform Meituan six months before graduation, while some 40% choosing to further their studies at home or overseas, the company said Friday.

In 2018, SZU joined hands with Tencent to establish an AI college, the first one of its kind in Guangdong Province, aiming to cultivate talents in big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other frontier fields.

Pony Ma, the co-founder of Tencent, is an SZU alumnus.

Tencent collaborated with the college to develop courses and curricula, as well as set up bases for students to put theories into practice. The company also offers internship opportunities for students of the AI class, which has been recruiting independently since 2020. The class has ranked first in admission scores among the university’s sciences and engineering colleges for two consecutive years.

The class has so far enrolled 145 students.

This year, the total number of fresh university graduates in China surpassed the 10 million mark for the first time, an increase of 1.67 million from the previous year. Recent figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics show that China’s surveyed urban unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in April, with the youth unemployment rate reaching a new high of 18.2%.

While millions of fresh graduates struggle to find work, the country is experiencing a severe shortage of AI professionals.

To further foster talents that the job market needs, SZU-Tencent AI College plans to offer master’s and doctoral degrees in the future, according to Li Jianqiang, associate dean at SZU’s College of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

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