There are over 1,300 educational institutes in Singapore, a figure that looks likely to increase in a country where education takes precedence amongst many Singaporean households. With so many choices, picking the right institute to further your education can be a daunting prospect. What are some of the key considerations to bear in mind during the decision making process? In this article, we’ll take a look at several examples as you deliberate over the right institute to take your diploma, degree, or even masters programme in Singapore.
Public vs Private Institutions
The distinction between public and private institutions in Singapore is fairly straightforward, and each type has its own attributes. Public institutions in Singapore are pretty well known, such as NUS, NTU, SMU, and so on. Due to their public presence, they are generally better recognised and supported, with funding from the government and more opportunities for scholarships. On the other hand, private institutions are more varied and offer different kinds of programmes to suit your preferences. For instance, some institutions allow you to enrol in an online bachelor degree in Singapore where learning is fully remote. Some also offer programmes that are tightly packed in schedule, but allow you to graduate in a shorter period of time.
Whilst most institutions offer a mix of programmes ranging from humanities and sciences (academics), to accounting and creative arts (vocational), some are specialised in one or the other. It’s therefore important to know what you want to enrol in and then pick an institution that specialises in that field. That usually translates into better industry support, especially when it comes to opportunities for internship or other on-the-job training opportunities as you prepare to enter the workforce. For instance, here at Amity Singapore, we’re partnered with the University of Northampton, renowned for its business school and excellent business-related programmes recognised around the world. Additionally, we’re also partnered with the University of London, which offers some of the best MBA programmes worldwide, from diploma to Masters level. The University of London’s MBA is also accredited by Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Most students look forward to international experiences and see them as the highlight of their tertiary studies. If this is something you’re looking forward to, then be sure to find out if the institution you’re applying for offers international exchange programmes or other opportunities to study abroad. Students with Amity Singapore will have the chance to spend a portion of their programme in the host university itself — in our case, we’re partnered with the University of Northampton and the University of London, both located in the UK. This allows students to enjoy an authentic university experience abroad, interact with an international community, and get a taste of living abroad in a foreign country.
Different educational institutes offer different kinds of facilities that cater to various needs. Some institutions feature more creature comforts, while others appear more cosy and conducive. Campus size is also a factor in an institution’s ability to provide more facilities for students, such as a bigger library, more eateries, and so on. However, it doesn’t mean that smaller institutions aren’t able to measure up either. Regardless, due diligence is required as you study your options.
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