Education has always been key in the growth and development of Singapore society, particularly in the years following 1965 when it became an independent republic. Today, where the knowledge-based economy is the driver in the global community, education has become even more critical in shaping our country’s future. At the same time, through education, every individual can realise his/her full potential to benefit the community, nation, and lead a personally fulfilling life.
In Singapore, you will get a chance to be plugged into an education system that promotes excellence and be part of a progressive, cosmopolitan community.
Polytechnics in Singapore provide 3-year diploma courses and, they accept students based on their GCE "O" level, GCE "A" level or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) results.
Polytechnics offer a wide range of courses in various fields, including engineering, business studies, accountancy, mass communications, and biotechnology. There are also specialised courses such as marine engineering, nautical studies, nursing, and optometry. They provide a more industry-oriented education as an alternative to junior colleges for post-secondary studies.
There are five polytechnics in Singapore, namely:
Nanyang Polytechni, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temaek Polytechnic.
Graduates of polytechnics with good grades can continue to pursue further tertiary education at the universities.
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) accepts students based on their GCE "O" level or GCE "N" level results and they provide 2-year courses leading to a locally recognised "National ITE Certificate." There are 10 ITE Colleges in Singapore. A number of ITE graduates are doing considerably well in the workforce as they are equipped with essential skills in their various fields of study and are proficient at their jobs. Some ITE graduates continue their education at polytechnics and universities.
ITE provides three main levels of certification: Master National ITE Certificate (Master Nitec), Higher National ITE Certificate (Higher Nitec), National ITE Certificate (Nitec).
There is also other skills certification through part-time apprenticeship course conducted jointly by ITE and industrial companies.
There are currently four universities in Singapore. The two public universities National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University each has more than 20,000 students and they provide a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes including doctoral degrees. Both are also established research universities with thousands of research staff and graduate students.
The third university Singapore Management University (SMU), opened in 2000, is a private university funded by the government, SMU focuses on management and business courses. The fourth university, SIM University (UniSIM), opens in 2006. In addition, there are more than ten other private tertiary institutions offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
List of Institutions
James Cook University
Application Forms: UG, PG
Curtin University of Technology
Application Forms: UG, PG