1,000 more University Places for Singaporeans this Year Education Minister's Report

Posted on 12 May 2014 Views ( 755 )

<p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">SINGAPORE: There will be 1,000 more University places for Singaporeans this year. This will raise the count to 14,000 Universities.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">In a Facebook post on Friday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat congratulated the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) on attaining its autonomous university status.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">In expansion of the university sector, the bulk coming from SIT and the new full-time degree programmes at UniSIM.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">"This year, 30 per cent of our students can be admitted to publicly-funded degree programmes. This is double than in 1990 and the highest number ever.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">We planned to reach this target by 2015, but we are able to reach it by 2014 itself, which is a year ahead of our schedule&rdquo; Mr. Heng added.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">As per the government by 2020, 40 per cent of school-going students will be able to have a university education.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Mr. Heng said that it is not just about numbers.<br /></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&ldquo;We want our students to be able to meet the dynamic and rigorous requirements of the programmes, and at the same time, we want them to utilize the best opportunities.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">We are increasing our range of higher education landscape, with new teaching approaches, programmes, and institutions&rdquo; he commented.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">He even said "We are offering programs and courses across multiple disciplines from applied to theoretical, from liberal arts to technology, and from business to engineering&rdquo;.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">"UniSIM and SIT&rdquo; new full-time degree programmes are our recent university offerings, and will integrate classroom application and learning in structured work attachments to better prepare students who enjoy hands-on learning for the challenging careers ahead in the working world,&rdquo; he added.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Mr. Heng assured that the government will make sure that Singaporeans who have qualified for a place in institutes of higher learning can continue a post-secondary education even though their families have financial difficulties.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Earlier this month, he had announced that the fundraising will be enhanced in order to reach out to more students who are lower &ndash; and middle-income households.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Mr. Heng said: "About 120,000 Singaporean students are going to benefit from the enhanced bursaries.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">"In some cases, like in Institute of Technical Education (ITE), the bursaries provide you some daily expenses apart from the fee.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">In other cases, the bursaries cover up to 80 percent of polytechnic fees for students from lower income families.</span></span></span></p>