Singapore was founded in 1819 as a trading post for a western company. Since it became a full Sovereign nation in 1965, it has grown to become of the most developed countries in the world. The country’s economy was built on strong work ethics and trade with other countries.
The education sub-sector has benefited a lot from the booming economy over the decades. Though, it is a very small country compared to its neighbors, Singapore definitely stands out as an ideal study abroad location for students intending to have a taste of South East Asia.
Here are some reasons why studying in Singapore would be such a wonderful idea.
1. High-quality World-class Education System
Singapore is recognized as having one of the best education systems in the world. Its students consistently outperform most nations in various academic competitions. It has arguably the best education system in Asia.
2. Highly Multicultural
Cultural-wise, Singapore offers the best of the East and the West. The first language is English, though the mother tongues (Chinese, Malay or Tamil) as also spoken as the second language.
Singaporeans are Asians, yet also modern and multicultural in many ways. This unique mix ensures students coming from any foreign country, especially Asian countries, will not be so intimidated or face too much of a cultural shock coming to Singapore as they would be going to a country with all the hallmarks of a Western nation.
3. Little or Zero Racial discrimination
Because Singapore is a multi-cultural Asian country, one would hardly encounter any racism unlike in some Western and East European countries. Because so many foreigners are flocking to Western nations to study, they do face a certain level of racism in these countries.
4. It is Very Safe with Low Crime Rate
Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world to live in with one of the lowest crime rates.
Unlike many western countries where crime is high and many people own weapons, here weapons and guns can’t be easily purchased. It is safe to walk the streets at night. Parents can thus be rest assured that their children will be safe in Singapore.
5. Relatively Low Cost of living and Tuition
Compared to studying in a Western country like UK, Australia or US, the school fees and living costs in Singapore are much lower.
Expect to pay far less per year in total for course fees and living expenses to study in Singapore as compared to the huge amounts you would spend in countries like the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia among others.
6. Getting a Student Visas is Easy
The Singapore government is fully supportive of attracting international students to study in Singapore. To show this commitment, the Government introduced the Global Schoolhouse Project in 2002. The aim was to accelerate the influx of foreign students to the country.
This made it very easy to get student visas to study here than it is in many Western nations where the political sentiment is against too great an inflow of foreigners.
7. Well Regulated Private Universities
Since late 2009, the Singapore government has revamped the private education industry by establishing the Commitee for Private Education (CPE). The CPE has raised the industry standards and this has resulted in many smaller private institutions at all levels either closing down or merging with other private schools, with the bigger and more established ones remaining.
Now, every school that recruits international students needs to pass a rigorous certification scheme called “EduTrust”. Students have more protection now and the private education industry has become more credible with better private institutions now able to compete with government funded schools.
The implication is that there are now more choices of high quality tertiary institutions for students to choose from.
8. Economic and Political Stability
Singapore is well-known for stability in its economic and political realms. It remains one of the freest and most competitive economies in the world and has one of the fastest growth rates for a mature economy. Politically, different cultures and races peacefully co-exist and things have been stable with no internal unrest many for many decades.
9. Vibrant Cosmopolitan City
Singapore is uniquely vibrant and cosmopolitan and will give students a taste of what it is to live in a global city. It is an important global financial center with an equally thriving arts, entertainment, and shopping and nightlife scene.
Foreign Students studying and living here will definitely be treated to a unique experience that one can’t get in any other country.
10. Future Job Prospects
While no country can guarantee a student a job or permanent residency (PR) status upon graduation, Singapore is one of the developed countries in the world most open to immigrants and foreign nationals working there.
While there’s been a political reaction in the West as more and more foreigners are entering and working there, there’s less resistance in Singapore to skilled, educated foreigners (especially Asians) migrating and working here.
In fact, the sentiment here is that more foreign skilled workers are needed for Singapore as a nation to continue to thrive economically. Singapore is in one of the most strategic geographical locations in the world – being in the midst of many emerging economies in Southeast Asia and Asia.
The future is definitely bright for international students in Singapore.