Singapore’s success story is an extraordinary one which amazes economists, politicians and educators till this date. From being a third-world country with practically no natural resources or manpower (these are two important factors for a country’s economy to thrive and prosper), Singapore transcended boundaries and has now become a first-world country.
It has prospered to the extent where it’s now a popular education hub of the Asian continent. Top-performing students in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) emerge from Singapore and recently, in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss) Singapore students became the top-performers, surpassing students from countries like South Korea and Japan.
It is hence undeniable that there are various benefits of choosing Singapore as a destination for Higher studies. Let’s take a closer look at those benefits!
QUALITY OF EDUCATION
Singapore’s education system has maintained a high rank in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. There are 34 universities in total in Singapore. Out of these, six are national universities. The most well-known universities, namely, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) both hold a high ranking in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
There are a wide variety of courses which can accommodate to students’ specific areas of interest and passion, and there are various exchange programme opportunities as well as internship opportunities that students can delve into. Singapore also ensures that students graduate with ample theoretical knowledge, coupled with practical knowledge as well.
Many undergraduate students also take up tutoring jobs in Singapore which allows them to explore their own teaching skills, and also serves as a source of income since it is mostly taken up as a part-time job.
Singapore is always on the forefront in terms of incorporating innovative learning methods and modifying its education system to adapt to the changes occurring every now and then in various fields. Singapore specifically capitalises on STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and ensures that its students are equipped and mentally prepared to enter the STEM field with sufficient knowledge and skills.
The most well-known universities in Singapore are National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU).
These universities place high ranking on global scale and students open themselves up to more opportunities and recognition when they graduate with a degree from such universities in Singapore.
Singapore is one of the very few countries in this world that has a diverse community with people of various race and religions living together harmoniously. In some countries, xenophobia is an issue that bothers and even threatens the safety of foreign students. Singapore’s strength lies in its ability to respect each and every ethnicity and give everyone the space they need.
Following Singapore’s independence, our founding father and former prime minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s had insisted that Singaporeans put aside our differences and find our common ground in order to work together.
This unity is maintained till this date, which makes the country inviting for foreigners to settle down in Singapore and for students to pursue their higher education in Singapore as well.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Singapore is known to be one of the safest countries in the world and it tops the list in the Law-and-Order Index, ahead of countries like Norway, Iceland and Finland.
Most Singaporeans feel safe enough to travel alone late at night and this is assuring for those who wish to study in Singapore.
Parents often worry about the safety of their children, and it is especially scarier when children are miles away studying in another country. Singapore believes that safety and security is one of its key factors that contributes to its prosperity. Students can pursue their higher studies in Singapore without having to worry in situations like coming back home late at night or walking on the street all alone.