Committee on University Education Pathways Beyond 2015
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Post-Secondary Education Brochure
Learn more about the post-secondary education landscape and various pathways that students can consider by reading our booklet on Post-Secondary Education (5.4mb .pdf).
Singapore’s university education aspires to prepare students not only for today’s world but also for a world where there will be jobs that have yet to be invented and challenges not yet foreseen.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have initiated a number of innovative programmes, including the broadening of undergraduate education, the introduction of a core curriculum, collaborations with top foreign universities, and the establishment of inter-disciplinary centres. The Singapore Management University (SMU) offers a broad-based business curriculum modelled after that of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is the newest addition to the university landscape as announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his 2008 National Day Message. SUTD nurtures technically grounded leaders and innovators for society and is established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Zhejiang University.
Being autonomous, these universities can chart their own destiny, differentiate themselves and pursue new heights of excellence in education, research and service, whilst receiving substantial government funding.
The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) was established in 2009 to provide an industry-focused university education for polytechnic upgraders, in partnership with the polytechnics and renowned overseas universities.
SIM University (UniSIM) provides university education to working professionals and adult learners by adopting a flexible learning approach to enable its learners to balance their career, family and studies. MOE provides fees subsidies for UniSIM's part-time undergraduate degree programmes.
Branch Campuses of Foreign Tertiary Institutions
As part of Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse initiative, foreign tertiary institutions offering industry-specific programmes have established campuses in Singapore. These schools offer programmes in a range of disciplines.
In the field of technology, the DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore offers cutting-edge degrees in animation and game software engineering, and the German Institute of Science and Technology-TUM Asia, offers programmes in chemical, electrical and aerospace engineering and transport technology.
Institutions offering degrees in other disciplines include: the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Singapore, in hospitality management; the Tisch School of the Arts Asia, in media and film; and most recently, the Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, in international business law.
These institutions are fully managed and governed by their respective home campuses. More information on these programmes is available at their respective websites.
Polytechnics were set up with the mission to train professionals to support the technological and economic development of Singapore. Reflecting the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of their students, the polytechnics seek to train students with relevant and specific skills for the workplace to give Singapore a competitive edge as we move into a knowledge-based economy. Today, polytechnic graduates are valued as practice-oriented and knowledgeable professionals, much sought after by industry.
The polytechnics are also a significant provider of continuing education and post employment professional development programmes and services.
There are currently five polytechnics in Singapore:
Institute of Technical Education
Established on 1 April 1992, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) took over the role and functions of the Vocational & Industrial Training Board (VITB). Since its formation in 1992, ITE has focused its effort on establishing the institute as a post-secondary technical institution of excellence. The primary role of ITE is to ensure that its graduates have the technical knowledge and skills that are relevant to industry. ITE is the national authority for the setting of skills standards and the certification of skills in Singapore.
LASALLE College of the Arts & Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
LASALLE College of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) are private institutions providing post-secondary education in the arts. Both LASALLE and NAFA offer publicly-funded diploma programmes. The institutions also receive government funding for select degree programmes offered in partnership with reputable overseas universities.
Other Government-Affiliated Educational Institutions
A range of industry-specific diploma and degree programmes are offered by educational institutions affiliated with other government agencies. These institutions include the BCA Academy, the education and research arm of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), which offers full-time diploma programmes, as well as other courses, seminars and workshops, in construction, design and engineering.
These educational institutions and their programmes are not funded or regulated by MOE as they do not come under MOE’s purview. More information on these institutions and programmes is available at their respective websites.
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