With tuition fees on the rise in the UK more and more future students are looking elsewhere for their education. While Singapore might not be the cheapest, it may surprise you to know that it has one of the best education systems in the world, and soon-to-be university students are deciding that the island city-state is for them.
What is education tourism?
There are really two types of education tourism. The first is one aims to educate anyone as a tourist, while the second involves potential students actually relocating for a particular course or qualification, either because it’s cheaper or offers a better level of education (or a mixture of both). We’re going to look at the second type of education tourism, and why Singapore has so much to offer on this front.
Some universities offer exchange programs that allow students to study abroad in places like Singapore for one term. However, more and more students are choosing to move for the entire duration of their degree in order to take up Singapore’s competitive educational benefits.
What’s so good about Singapore’s education?
Singapore’s education system has received a lot of praise in recent years, and not just at the university level. Students are said to be some of the best-educated in the world and most notably top in subjects like math and science. At the university level, there are a mix of public, private, national, and foreign universities that offer a generally pragmatic and systematic style of tuition.
According to Top Universities, “a whole series of global reports have recognized Singapore as a world leader in research and innovation over the past few decades. In recent years, it’s been ranked seventh in the 2015 INSEAD Global Innovation Index, third in IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Rankings, and second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-15.”
Where are the best schools in Singapore?
There are 34 universities in Singapore, with the two most recognized being the National University and the Nanyang Institute of Technology. The National University is currently ranked 12th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings. It’s also considered to be the best in Asia. There are also a number of smaller schools that specialize in specific areas of education, like the Singapore Management University.
Could Singapore be for you?
Singapore offers a wide range of educational options for potential students. Not every course is as cheap as in some other parts of the world, but the research and teaching facilities are considered world class. Singapore’s higher education reputation is growing, and it looks set to become one of the best destinations for education tourism.
About the author: Peter Elton has years of experience in the education industry and has written about the growth in popularity of Singapore for a number of years. He also writes for Smiletutor.sg.
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Oh wow very interesting article, I sadly skipped it out on my South East Asia trip but will visit again one day soon!