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The Asian education hub

The strength of Singapore?s education system lies in its broad-based, quality curriculum that offers a diverse range of courses that meet the requirements of the new economy

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 17:03 IST

The country’s USP
Singapore is fast emerging as Asia's premier education hub. First its stable economy — it has the reputation of being a top location for investment and the world's busiest port.

Second, its bilingual education policy (English with Malay/Mandarin/ Tamil) is a big draw for Indians. Third, its low crime rate and high living standards and last but not least, the climate is also a big 'yes' factor, for it's never too hot or cold there, with temperatures ranging from 23 to 33 degrees centigrade.

 

SEE Chak Mun, High Commissioner of Singapore

 "Singapore is a destination that offers world-class educational programmes and facilities at an affordable price in a safe and friendly learning environment. The Indian student would benefit from Singapore's quality-driven education system that aims at developing students of diverse talents.



The student would be taught by dedicated and qualified teachers, exposed to an international curriculum and student network, coupled with character-building co-curricular activities so as to mould a student who could thrive anywhere in the world.



Moreover, the Indian student could enjoy affordable school and tuition fees and a cost of living in Singapore, that is still significantly lower than that of many developed countries.



The Indian student can also assimilate faster into the community in view of the many similarities with Singapore Indian culture, language and food preferences.



Lastly, Singapore is close to India with cost-efficient air connectivity and as such, the Indian student can enjoy the benefits of close proximity should the need arise for the student to return home or parents decide to pay a visit to Singapore."

What's more, besides local universities, there are leading international universities like the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, that have set up shop in the island country.

Hot for what?
Its management and culinary programmes. The Bachelors courses are usually of a year's duration.
Top five institutes
· Singapore Management University: www.smu.edu.sg
· National University of Singapore: www.nus.edu.sg
· Nanyang Technical University: www.ntu.edu.sg
· Singapore Institute of Management: www.sim.edu.sg
· at-sunrice: www.at-sunrice.com

If you want to study in Singapore here's some basic information

Commencement of semesters: The academic year generally commences in July/August and comprises two semesters, each lasting for 16 to 17 weeks. The main vacation break generally stretches over 10-12 weeks from April to July/August with a shorter six-week break during Christmas.

Semesters vary for different universities; some universities offering a third or summer term over the long vacation period to allow students to take additional courses for credit. Most universities enrol students only in July.