Singapore has emerged as a centre of excellence for education in Asia, with 66,000 international students from over 60 countries, offering a diverse and distinctive mix of quality educational services in a safe and cosmopolitan environment, at an affordable cost, and to Malaysians, one that is close to home.So I'll just highlight here, some of the pertinent points which readers may be interested in.
Scholarship for Malaysians
- ASEAN Scholarship
The ASEAN scholarship is offered to Secondary One (Form 1), Secondary Three (Form 3) and Pre-University One (Lower Form 6) students. All the scholarships lead to the completion of GCE 'A' Levels, renewed annually, "subject to the satisfactory performance of the scholar". There is no bond attached to the scholarships.
- SIA Youth Scholarship
Singapore Airlines offers scholarships to students completing Grade 10 (SPM) for a 2-year pre-university course in top junior colleges in Singapore leading to the awarding of a GCE 'A' Level certification.
- SIA-NOL Undergraduate Scholarships
Singapore Airlines and Neptune Orient Lines offer scholarships to students completing Grade 12 (STPM) for 4-year undergraduate studies in Science and Techology courses at either Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or the National University of Singapore (NUS).
- NGS Scholarship (NGSS)
Offered by NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS) toGraduates with 1st Class honours and a passion for research. The scholarship is aimed at attracting highly talented students to take on PhD studies in Singapore at NUS.
- Singapore-MIT Alliance Fellowship
The Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) offers fellowships to undergraduates in Engineering, Science and Computer Science, for pursuit of Masters and PhD from NUS, NTU and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Information on loans, bursaries and scholarships is also available here.
- A*STAR Graduate Scholarship
Check out A*STAR here.
- Micron Scholarship
Check out Micron Scholarship here.
- Singapore Institute of Management International Scholarship
International students enrolling for fulltime studies at diploma and undergraduate levels in SIM may apply for merit-based schoarship awards.
- Scholarships and Financial Assistance for NUS
NUS offers ASEAN undergraduate scholarship for STPM (or equivalent) students with excellent results. Alternatively, tuition fee loans are also offered to qualified students.
Singapore Education Services Centre
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has opened its 1st Singapore Education Services Centre to provide a "holistic experience to international students in Singapore". It's interesting that this task falls to STB! :-)
The centre will provide access to one-stop infomration for international students studying in Signapore and will cater to their welfare and well-being beyond the classroom... International students can drop by the centre for education counselling and research, or simply to mingle with their peers.It's located at YMCA Building @ 1, Orchard Road, right at the heart of the city.
"Study in Singapore" Tours
Gawd! Our own Ministry of Higher Education could do with a little bit of learning from our neighbours. They've actually created a specific "Study in Singapore" tour targetting at potential students to the country!
[Singapore] invites you to joina tour to learn more on the important aspects such as the education system, accomodation optinos and easing into the local environment. Comprehensively packaged, the tours are designed to help you make an infomred decision about giving [you] a world class education in Singapore.You can find out more about the tours at the Singapore Education website, or contact them at the Singapore Tourism Board office in Kuala Lumpur @ (03) 2142 7133.
The "Special" also had a page on frequently asked questions such as whether you require a visa and student's pass to study in Singapore (yes), how much does it cost to live in Singapore (RM1,800-RM4,600 per month), eligibility for part-time work (yes , with limitations) as well as a few other informational queries.
For those seeking a secondary education in Singapore - remember that not all schools in Singapore are "better" than Malaysian schools, and if one can't gain entry to the more reputable ones, it might just be better to stay at home.
For those who makes it to Singapore, remember that it's not all a bed of roses. While many readers have expressed advice and opinions to the contrary, I sincerely hope that some of you will return to play a part in making Malaysia a better place.