More than nine out of 10 bosses rate the performance of local university graduates as average or satisfactory, according to a new government survey. The study of about 1,000 companies, organisations and government departments by the Education and Manpower Bureau gave 2,100 graduates an average score of 3.51 on a five-point scale. Two similar government surveys, in 1998 and 1999, both scored an average 3.46. A total of 94 per cent of employers in the latest survey rated performances 'satisfactory' or 'average'. Sixteen per cent rated them 'very satisfactory'. They said graduates did best in information technology and scored higher in Cantonese than English. But a bureau spokesman said: 'Proficiency in Putonghua continues to be local graduates' weakest area.' Scores in Putonghua averaged 2.92 this year, an improvement from 2.66 in 1998. About 70 per cent of bosses said universities should make studies more relevant.