Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The flexible approach of the Singapore education system that allows every student to develop their potential to the fullest is one of the determining factors that attract many Indian students to this island city-state
Singapore is an attractive education destination for prospective Indian students, as it offers diverse opportunities in almost any field of study. A leading destination for the pursuit of bachelors’ degree, the high quality of education, training and exposure that students gain from studying in Singapore will open doors, not just in Singapore but globally as well.
Business & Management
As a leading financial centre and the Asian hub of global MNC’s, Singapore offers the perfect launch pad for a student looking for a career in the field of business and management.
The Nanyang Business School (NBS) of NTU is currently ranked top in Singapore and ASEAN, and top 50 in the world by the Financial Times (January 2008). It is also ranked among Asia’s top three business schools by the Economist Intelligence Unit (2004-2007). The NUS Business School remains distinctive among the world’s leading business schools by offering the best of global knowledge with deep Asian insights. The School boasts a distinguished international faculty from renowned universities world-wide. Singapore Management University (SMU) is the third public university offering a number of undergraduate programmes with specialised or cross disciplinary focus in business and management.
Nineteen-year old Akash Modi is a student of Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). Quiz him on what he feels about his schooling experience in Singapore, and he says, “After completing my 12th, I joined management studies at SIM. It is a very versatile programme for holistic growth which makes me eligible to choose from some of the best courses from world renowned partner universities at SIM. It provides me an excellent platform to enjoy and learn from global exposure at SIM GE campus at Ulu Pandan. Singapore’s strong economy also gives me an assurance of relatively secured future. Moreover, Singapore is one of the safest countries for students, giving opportunity to develop in a cross-cultural environment with a safe and disciplined surrounding. Studying in Singapore makes me feel close to home as my parents and friends are just a four hours flight away.”
Tourism & Hospitality
A mainstay of Singapore’s economy, the tourism sector generated an estimated US$14.8 billion in tourism receipts in 2008. Representing the best in their respective fields, foreign universities such as Cornell and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas have established campuses in Singapore to attract and groom fresh talent.
Singapore’s public universities, polytechnics and private speciality institutes including At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy and SHATEC offer a rich spectrum of courses in the field of tourism and hospitality, ranging from customer service skills, professional management and executive programmes to food preparation. In addition, students are also guaranteed first-hand training and industry exposure. The Tourism Academy @ Sentosa offers a full-time Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism, which is taught entirely on the resort island of Sentosa providing first-hand training and industry exposure.
Arts Design & New Media
As an emerging global arts centre, Singapore is an ideal destination for students wishing to pursue art design and new media courses. Leading foreign speciality schools including DigiPen and Tisch offer programmes which immerses students in a unique creative environment that teaches traditional and advanced animation and digital technologies. Partly funded public institutions such as LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts offer a wide range of courses and are renowned for their rigorous curricula and innovative teaching methods.
Singapore’s public universities, NUS and NTU also offer programmes in computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction, culture industries, media policy and regulation, visual and interactive media design. The city-state’s five polytechnics offer diploma courses in 2D & 3D animation, video production, and interactive & digital media, while Singapore’s School of Film and Media Studies offers students a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video.
Fresh graduates have numerous opportunities for professional and skill-based training, internships and attachments at leading international organisations enabling them to forge ahead in their chosen profession. The cultural similarities and geographical proximity also help Indian students to easily adjust into their new environment and they find Singapore to be a home-away-from home in all aspects amidst Singapore’s safe, clean and green environment.
Content courtesy: Singapore Tourism Board