Why Study in Singapore

Overview

In this peaceful, plural and modern society, Singapore, located in South East Asia, is a testimony to the world of what it is able to offer academically, socially, ethnically, culturally and in every other aspect of life to make the stay of any international student worth their time, money and effort. It is a fascinating and enchanting nation.

By being in Singapore, you will get a chance to experience the education system that promotes excellence and be part of a progressive, cosmopolitan community.

Singapore – the Hub for Educational Excellence
Over the years, Singapore has evolved from the traditional British-based education system to one that strives to meet the needs of individuals and seeks to nurture talents.
 
Singapore’s main strength lies in its bilingual policy (English with Malay/Mandarin/Tamil) for its Education system and its broad-based curriculum where innovation and entrepreneurship is a prime drive.  Individuals acquire the relevant skills and abilities to survive in competitive environments, thus equipping them for a brighter future. 
 
Singapore's public schools have a distinctive record of high standards in teaching and learning, illustrated by international comparative studies such as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The study shows that majority of students from Singapore schools are outperforming the international average in Mathematics & Science. Singaporean students have also excelled in competitions such as world debating championships (English) and International Olympiads (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology), beating counterparts from other countries to take top prizes and distinctions.
 
At the tertiary level, in addition to the three local universities, Singapore has attracted 10 world-class institutions with strong industry links to set up centres in education and research. Among them are - INSEAD, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and US business schools such as University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
 
Even after graduation, there are many opportunities for more training. Professional and skills-based training are offered and subscribed to, such as seminars by members of management, such as Michael Porter or lectures by visiting dignitaries.

The existence of such an international mix of institutions, high quality and rigorous education system, and a nation that believes in investing in education, will together offer students here and around the world, an enriching and fulfilling learning journey.

Stable Economy
With a GDP approximately $177.132 billion in 2009, the island nation despite its small size and population (4.98 million) has been the leading financial center, regional commercial center, the busiest port in the world, and the location for investment. Often referred to as a model for transparency, efficiency and political stability, Singapore has received recognition from around the world.

Singapore was rated first among 181 countries in terms of ease of doing business, the World’s Bank report in 2009 to do business. Switzerland-based World Economic Forum (WEF) as well, rated Singapore as the most competitive economy with great innovative ability and a solid macro economy in the world. Even in the global battle against SARS recently, Singapore's diligent and hands-approach has been recognized by the World Health Organization.

Infrastructure and Accessibility
Singapore is easily accessible by sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. Singapore Changi Airport serves more than 80 airlines which fly to more than 190 cities and has for many years in a row has been nominated as the best airport in the world. Singapore is also the country most wired in Asia, with a 76% Internet penetration rate. Housing ownership is encouraged by the government to provide people assets, where approximately 85% of Singaporeans live in government built housing.

Seamless access to all parts of the island can be found in this country, often recognized for its quality and efficient land transport system. The EZ-link card - part of the introduction of contactless card that stores value – allows users to only flash the card to a card reader to automatically  deduct travel expenses and charges, is a sustained commitment by the Government's to make travel faster and easier.

A Multicultural Nation with a High Quality of Life
The country's rich multicultural heritage, through a variety of  Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian who get along well gradually acquired a unique identity as Singaporeans while still maintaining each race's traditional practices, customs festival and national. In addition, with more than 100,000 foreign professionals living and working in Singapore, they bring a unique culture and perspective, increasing color and vitality to international Singapore.
 
Students can be rest assured of Singapore's high standard of living. In a survey in March 2002 Economic Report, the quality of life in Singapore is far better than in London and New York. Among the factors considered are political stability, personal freedom, air pollution and quality of medical care, schools, restaurants and theaters.

Singapore ranks first in Asia for quality of life in Mercer's 2009 global ranking of quality of urban life and the world on the urban infrastructure of the same survey.

A Vibrant City Lifestyle
 
Singapore may look small on the world map, but the busy island attractions and activities are all over. Dining and shopping are the two highest rated local events. Needless to say, this is reflected in the amazing range of food and cuisine, as well as shops in the city center and suburbs spread.
 
Added to this is its vibrant arts and culture, especially with the opening of the Esplanade - Theatre on the Bay, featuring top artists from around the world. Districts such as Little India, Chinatown, Malay Village gives Singapore its cultural and historical flavour. The Great Singapore Sale, Singapore Arts Festival, F1's night race and many others make Singapore a most "happening" place.