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As the cost of college continues to rise in India, more and more Indian students are investing in a university education abroad. With its many pull factors, Singapore has since become a coveted destination for Indian students seeking greener pastures. In this article, we will explore the major reasons why it is wise to study for a diploma or degree in Singapore and the best universities to consider.
1. The safest country in the world
According to the 2017 Global Law and Order Report1 by worldwide consulting firm Gallup, Singapore has emerged as the safest country in the world for the third consecutive year. This is consistent with the results from other studies, such as the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2017-2018, which ranked the city-state first for order and security2. What the findings essentially mean is that you can have peace of mind whether you are on campus, or out discovering the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia’s most developed country.
2. Relative affordability
Despite its affluence, Singapore is reasonably affordable to live in3. One of the reasons for this is low cost of public transportation. In fact, a global study found that Singapore’s rail fares are among the lowest across 35 major cities4. The study showed that at S$0.77 (roughly INR 39.90), Singapore’s lowest rail fare is about three times cheaper than that of Washington DC and London.
More importantly, tuition fees in Singapore can be lower than in many other popular study destinations like the US, the UK, and Australia. For instance, a degree from the University of London (UOL), one of the oldest universities in the world, will cost you about INR 50.55 lakh. However, if you were to pursue the same UOL degree with the Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE) in Singapore, you will only have to pay about INR 14.35 lakh—saving you a massive INR 36.20 lakh.
3. Global business centre
Singapore has long been a convergence point for commerce, with about 37,400 international companies basing their operations on the island, including 7,000 multinational corporations (MNCs)5. As the city surpasses Hong Kong to be the top Asian location for MNCs to set up regional headquarters6, its position as a global business centre only looks to be getting stronger. This brings good news for students seeking internships with internationally reputable companies. Those who wish to work in the US or the UK, will also find Singapore to be a likely gateway to such valuable overseas career opportunities.
4. Top-notch education system
Singapore is widely known as Asia’s education hub, housing several of the world’s highest ranking universities. In an index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the country’s education system was once again given recognition as it was ranked best in Asia when it comes to preparing students for the future7. The study reaffirms that students in Singapore do not only learn textbook knowledge, but are equipped with important skills for their working life.
Even as there are many top universities in Singapore for undergraduates, some stand out more than others. The following are three public universities that you should definitely look out for, and their respective strengths:
• National University of Singapore (NUS): Apart from being the number one university in Asia according to the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018, NUS offers exclusive degrees like those in dentistry and pharmacy.
• Nanyang Technological University (NTU): As Singapore’s main science and technology university, NTU is particularly known for its engineering courses, even ranking fifth in engineering and technology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.
• Singapore Management University (SMU): SMU adopts the American seminar-style teaching system, which is said to be more interactive and flexible than traditional lectures.
Working alongside these well-established public universities to provide quality higher education is none other than SIM GE. A leading institute with over 50 years of experience in the private education arena, SIM GE boasts an annual enrolment of 19,000 students, 20% of which are full-time international students from more than 40 countries.
The vibrant, multicultural cohort of SIM GE comes together on its 100,000m2 campus. The largest among all Private Education Institutes, the SIM GE campus is fully equipped with Singapore’s biggest management library, a financial training centre, a 400-seat performing arts theatre and more.
An accelerated learning route with SIM GE
In addition to a modern campus, SIM GE offers over 80 diploma and degree programmes, ranging from computing and economics, to communication and psychology. While the diploma programmes are awarded by SIM GE, the degree programmes are developed and accredited by renowned foreign universities. Some of them include:
• University of Birmingham, UK: named University of the Year for Graduate Employment8
• University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, US: ranked 38thamong public universities9
• RMIT University, Australia: One of Australia’s original education institutions dating back to 1887
Recognised worldwide, degrees from these universities can facilitate your entry into master’s programmes not only in Singapore, but across the globe.
Those with high school qualifications can even choose to pursue the SIM GE through-train pathway. This allows students to take up diploma programmes and receive credit exemptions when progressing to the degree level later on, translating into shorter degree completion times.
Singapore is definitely a destination that should be on top of your list when choosing where to study for a diploma or degree, for its safety, affordability and quality of education that will set you up for global opportunities.