Until recently, low-budget tourists from India would prefer Singapore among the foreign shores they would like to visit. Not without reason. Singapore is not only a charming destination that can be seen at attractive prices, it’s a shopping paradise too. Singapore also lets you have a taste of life like it would be in a first-world country, and being just 3 and a half hours of flying away, the city-nation always ranks high in the list of must-see places.
Interestingly, though Singapore boasts of world-class universities too like the National University of Singapore (NUS for short), the annual exodus of Indian students much prefer distant shores for pursuing higher studies. The feeling is almost as if Singapore doesn’t have it what US, UK, Canada or Australia have.
All that now appears to be changing. Several foreign universities are now setting up shop in Singapore, the latest being University of New South Wales (UNSW) from Australia. UNSW Asia is said to be the first comprehensive international university in the garden city, and will start offering courses from next month. [Picture left source]
Last year, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) commenced operating in Singapore with bachelor degree in hotel administration and masters in hospitality administration, and not to be left behind, even Indian institutes like SP Jain Institute of Management are starting campuses in the city-nation.
The good part about studying in Singapore is that the course fees are not as high as in universities in US, UK, Australia, etc. Which means average-earning Indian families can hope to send their wards to Singapore with minimum financial burden. Of course, it is possible to arrange scholarships if action is taken early.
Despite apparent ‘high-life’, Singapore is remarkably cheap to live in and commute, what with excellent road and tube connections to farthest corners of the city. All in all, with growing awareness, Singapore may as well turn into a hot destination for Indian students wishing to study abroad.
[This post is based on the article, Look east for education in TT, Feb 3]