High academic standards for bright career options

High academic standards for bright career options
The university culture in Singapore is quite competitive; students are encouraged to complete independent research work along with regular studies.

Studying in Singapore may be competitive, but it promises a fulfilling experience

By Shyamala Elango

Published: Fri 30 Sep 2016, 12:47 PM

Before you start studying in any country, it is better to know the system and quality of education there. Singapore has a well-deserved reputation for being safe and relatively crime-free. Let's have a look at the highlights of education system in Singapore.
Singapore is a multicultural society where Malay, Chinese and Indian traditions coexist along with a western cosmopolitan outlook. The university culture is generally quite competitive. Students are encouraged to complete independent research work along with regular studies to excel in education.
The application process is generally simple and straightforward. Most colleges in Singapore accept online applications. While education in Singapore is comparatively costly, cost of living in Singapore depends on where you stay and socialise. An international student in Singapore spends on an average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses depending on individual lifestyle.
Singapore offers merit and need-based fee waivers to international students. You have to contact each university individually to know their fee waiver policy. The Ministry of Education offers tuition fee grants to international students upon bond to serve in a Singapore based company for three years post-graduation.
Upon completing the degree programme, international students can submit an application for a one-year pass to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) if they want to look for employment opportunities in the country. Although education is mainly tutor-based, majority of classes encourage discussion with crucial focus on real world applications.
Singapore education system maintains top quality and requires high academic standards to get into.

- Global leader in telecommunications and information technology
- Internationally recognised education system
- Holistic and broad education culture
- Systematic and pragmatic education system
- Offers grants of about 75 per cent of tuition fees to international students

Top universities in Singapore

There are 34 universities in Singapore, of which six are national. The three best known universities are:
.    National University of Singapore (NUS)
.    Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
.    Singapore Management University (SMU)

Shyamala Elango is Director, Educational Services at Inner Universe. She can be reached at elango.shyamala@inneruniverse.org

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