Singaporeans who have obtained degrees

Published Date: 08 July 2019 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Assoc Prof Daniel Goh Pei Siong, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament


To ask the Minister for Education what is the number and percentage of Singaporeans respectively in the latest 10 cohorts being tracked who have obtained bachelor's degrees from public universities, private universities and overseas universities


1. The Government has increased the number of subsidised university places in our Autonomous Universities (AUs) over the years to support the economy while maintaining good graduate employment outcomes. Between 2010 and 2019, we have raised the Cohort Participation Rate (CPR)1 in the AUs from 26% to close to 40%.

2. Between 2014 and 2018, the annual number of Singaporeans who were admitted into full-time External Degree Programmes at Private Education Institutes has decreased from around 8,200 to 6,100. We should note that these institutes also cater to Singaporeans who were already in the workforce and seek to upgrade their academic qualifications.

3. However, MOE is unable to track the number of Singaporeans who have obtained bachelor’s degrees from overseas universities.

  1. Defined as the percentage of Singaporeans in a Primary 1 cohort that we provide a place in publicly-funded full-time undergraduate degree programmes for.
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