Student population of Singapore
As a small nation with limited natural resources, human resources have always been the island republic’s most precious asset. Today, Singapore is a vibrant global hub of trade, finance and transportation, with a strong and harmonious community of citizens of different ethnicities and religions. Its transformation “from third world to first” in the last generation is one of Asia’s great success stories. With emerging sectors in a booming economy, more and more students will be taking up the option of studying in Singapore. Immigrants in Singapore are increasing every year with 1711 thousand immigrants in 2005 to 2623 thousand in 2017. Out of the non-resident population of Singapore, 4% comprises of students and 41% have a work permit. The total student population for 2019 was 2155. Singapore attracts people from all over the world not only because it’s one of Asia’s most important economies but also because it has an excellent education system. Singapore, geographically located between Malaysia & Indonesia has been developing specific efforts to develop the country over the years as an educational hub with increasing initiatives of English-speaking environment. Among the Asian educational systems, Singapore stands out for its stellar academic performance in international assessments. For example, the primary 4 and secondary 2 students in Singapore have consistently outperformed students from other countries in mathematics and science in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). A pre-university course leading to the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination prepares students for further education by equipping them with essential skills and knowledge required for tertiary education. Students may choose from a wide range of subjects from different academic areas such as Humanities and the Arts, Languages and Mathematics and Sciences. To ensure breadth of skills and knowledge, students are required to offer at least one contrasting subject – i.e. a Science student should take a subject from the Arts or Humanities, and vice versa.
There are currently three publicly-funded local universities offering full-time degree programs: The National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Management University (SMU). In addition, SIM University offers publicly-subsidized part-time degree programs to adult learners and working professionals. To prepare its citizens for navigating this new economic paradigm, Singapore developed a new education philosophy, “Thinking Schools, Learning Nation”
International students in Singapore comprise around 20 per cent of university graduates. It is considered relatively costly to pursue a degree at Singapore in comparison with some other countries in Asia, as it remains one of the most expensive cities in the world.