Singapore offers a lifestyle like no other, and with a rigorous quality assurance system on all its higher education providers, you're guaranteed a world class education.
Singapore's diverse mix of cultures, ethnicities, expats and locals means you'll get as much of an education outside the classroom as you will if you choose to study for your graduate degree here. With its strategic location in the heart of South-East Asia, Singapore naturally lends itself to the convergence of eastern and western influences. This unique vantage point, coupled with the strong support of its Government, means that the education system in Singapore is well poised to offer students the best of East-West education.
Over the years, Singapore has developed a strong public education system with high standards in teaching and learning. The three local public universities - the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) are internationally recognised as evident in their positions in world university rankings. Both the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University were ranked in the top 200 of the 2008 Times Higher - QS World University Rankings, 30= and 77 respectively, and in the top 20 of the 2009 QS.com Asian University Rankings, 10 and 14 respectively.
The Singapore Management University, which opened its doors in 2000, is modelled after the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and aims to groom outstanding business leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world. The government has recently announced a fourth public university will be opened in Singapore in 2011. Designed with a strong research focus, its curriculum is being developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Singapore is well poised to offer students the best of East-West education
Types of qualifications
There are three main types of graduate programs offered in Singapore, all of which are developed to challenge students: doctoral (PhD), Masters (by coursework or thesis), and the graduate diploma.
PhD: At NUS, all doctoral degrees are primarily research based. They equip students with the skills required to advance knowledge and human progress. Doctoral degrees are typically the first choice of students who seek depth of knowledge, enjoy creative problem-solving, and who aspire to hold high level positions in their respective fields.
Masters: Masters degree programs are predominantly designed to prepare students for work within a specific profession (typically through a Masters by coursework) or to gain advanced knowledge in a specific subject area as a precursor to doctoral training (typically through a Masters by research).
Graduate diploma: The graduate diploma provides limited professional training in a specific niche. The diploma is often favoured by those students who seek additional exposure to an area of interest without wishing to commit themselves long-term to further studies.
Singapore takes its education system very seriously. Every undergraduate or graduate program has to undergo a stringent evaluation and approval by the Boards of Undergraduate Studies or Graduate Studies respectively, the University Committee on Educational Policy and the Senate. Quality assurance reviews are also carried out involving student surveys, International Visiting Committees and International Advisory Panels and the Quality Assurance Framework for Universities set up by Singapore's Ministry of Education. Educational programs in the professions, such as engineering, medicine and architecture, are further accredited by internationally recognised accreditation panels with broad representation from academia and the professional world.
A multitude of study options is available for postgraduate students, ranging from mainstream courses to the niche areas. In a bid to be industry-relevant, Singapore universities offer a myriad of speciality courses in areas such as tourism, hospitality and digital media. But they're not offering them alone. An increasing number of overseas universities have set up their off-shore campuses in Singapore, contributing to its reputation as the educational hub of the region.