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Singapore: World class courses closer home

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pranoti Nagarkar

Located just a few hours’ flying distance from India with a culture that is global yet Asian, Singapore is home to the region’s best educational institutions, offering students world-class courses that focus on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Singapore is much more than just the region’s premier educational hub – it is a safe, cosmopolitan city that is a great place for students to live, study and play. As a green city with many parks and leisure facilities, students in Singapore can lead healthy, sporting and social lives, while - thanks to the city’s multi-cultural population - they can also dine-out on cuisine from around the world in one of Asia’s best restaurant scenes. They can rest assured knowing that this high standard of living comes in a city with a low crime rate and politically stable environment. Singapore is an attractive education destination for Indian students who are constantly looking for high quality and relevant curricula. Its high-quality bachelor’s programmes, postgraduate degrees and diploma courses help set students up for life, opening doors, not just in Singapore, but globally as well. The cosmopolitan city is also home to various leading foreign universities, polytechnics that are renowned for their market-driven courses at a diploma level as well as a diverse range of private education institutions.

The city-state has been increasingly regarded as a lifelong learning hub. There are various opportunities for students, professionals and corporates to enrich their knowledge base, soft skills as well as to build their social and business network. The ever increasing number of international students arriving in Singapore attests to the exceptional quality of education here. As of 2009, there were 94,000 international students from 120 nationalities studying in both public and private institutions in Singapore. Singapore offers excellent networking and career opportunities in a myriad of industries, ranging from established sectors like engineering and finance, to new growth sectors such as digital media and tourism.

Education bristles with life in Singapore. A premier knowledge hub, it attracts a convergence of progressive institutes, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas, opening the minds of the learner and the learned to wider perspectives. It is a city where the ideas of the future mingle with the ways of tradition. It is widely acknowledged as a place that is culturally inspiring and intellectually enriching. Singapore is well known for its long term courses in diverse fields such as engineering, management, finance and more. National University of Singapore (NUS) was recently ranked 34th in the world, based on the London-based 2010 Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities. Singapore has further evolved to reach out to a wider audience.

There are Overseas Study Trips, Executive and Corporate Learning programs as well as its world class vocational courses in Hospitality Management, Event Conference Management, Integrated Resort Management and Tourism amongst others.


Learning is not just about the written word. It is also about exploring the unexplored. Some learning experiences are best appreciated when encountered first hand. Diving with the sharks, surfing, snowboarding and wall-climbing is just some of the most thrilling activities Singapore has to offer to learn from and experience. With its high concentration of cosmopolitan sights, sounds, attractions, cultural diversity and accessibility, Singapore has something for anyone and everyone to enjoy and learn from. Come July, Tisch School of the Arts Asia conducts summer high school programmes in filmmaking, animation and musical theatre. The Jurong Bird Park offers exciting behind the scenes programmes for students where they can learn how abandoned eggs and chicks are cared for and how the sick birds are treated. The Underwater World offers an enriching ‘Schooling School Educat ional Program’ where teachers can dive into the marine tank and demonstrate how fishes and divers adapt differently underwater. The teachers can also communicate with the students outside the tank with the help of a unique marine communication system! Students are able to embark on a fascinating discovery and overnight stay at the Rainforest Zoo and catch a glimpse into how butterflies, scorpions and stick insects are bred at the Creepy Crawlies & Wildlife and Healthcare Research Center. A school trip to Singapore promises to be fun, exciting as well as truly educational. So be ready to bring home a treasure trove of enriching and stimulating memories.


Singapore is home to many institutions that offer executive education and corporate training to professionals and executives from various industries. Among these institutions are internationally acclaimed universities renowned in their specialised fields of education, including INSEAD, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, German Institute of Science and Technology - TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) and Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management. Placed alongside the city’s renowned local universities (National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University) as well as established privaate institutions such as the Singapore Institute of Management, there is no doubt that a knowledge-seeker will find an institution in Singapore which provides a quality programme tailored to his and her career needs.

Pranoti Nagarkar, inventor of the popular Roti Maker arrived in Singapore to pursue her A levels (11th and 12th STD) and acquire a mechanical engineering degree from the NUS. This Indian achiever gained immense popularity amongst the Singaporeans after she bagged the Grand Champion Trophy of the StartUp@Singapore 2009 Award. She says, “My Rotimatic invention was possible thanks to the kind of guidance I received in the NUS. Apart from offering path-breaking educational facilities, Singapore is also a safe, efficient and green country. I feel proud to have acquired my Engineering degree in a country with such diverse endowments.”


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