Hong Kong and Singapore are both well-developed economies with an advanced education system. Due to both the quality of education system and the upsides of studying at an international city, their university programs have long attracted students from neighbouring countries. Apart from a much-sought after city life, studying at leading universities in the two cities offer the professional training, multi-cultural environment and international network which are increasingly important for people working in the knowledge economy and beyond. This month’s EduCentre focuses on what Singapore has to offer.
The city state boasts a very cosmopolitan population with large populations of Chinese, Malay and Indians. Its colonial history as a trading centre and entrepreneurialism hub positions it closer to the West than its ASEAN neighbours. While Chinese, Malay, and Tamil are also official languages, English is widely spoken and understood by 75 percent of the five-million population, and is the officially designated language for the education system.
Singapore’s two most prominent universities are very competitive and internationally recognised. The National University of Singapore, a global leader, is ranked 12th in the QS World University Rankings 2015-16. Of its other five national universities, Nanyang Technological University has stunned the sector with its rapid rise to prominence, reaching 13th in 2015-16.The government supports three other public institutions: the Singapore Management University, the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Singapore Institute of Technology.
Singapore is very supportive of students from its ASEAN neighbours. Myanmar nationals are welcome to apply the following scholarships.
ASEAN Scholarships for Myanmar (Pre-University)
The ASEAN Scholarships for Myanmar is tenable for four years leading to the award of the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) certificate. The scholarship is for studies in selected Singapore schools from Secondary Three to Pre-University Two and is renewed annually, subject to the satisfactory performance of the scholar. Students from Myanmar are nominated by the Myanmar Ministry of Education for the scholarships.
NUS Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN Nationals (NUS GSA)
The National University of Singapore (NUS) offers scholarships each year to nationals of ASEAN member countries who read full-time coursework graduate degrees at NUS. These awards are financed by the people of Singapore and the university. Scholars have no obligation or bond to NUS or Singapore but are expected to complete the graduate degree and return to their home country to assist in its progress and development.
ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship (NTU)
The ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship is offered by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for non-Singapore citizens or permanent residents from the ASEAN. Successful awardees should read a full-time undergraduate degree program leading to a first degree, with some exceptions. The award covers up to the normal program duration on condition that the scholarship-holder maintains a record of good academic performance and exemplary conduct. It includes full coverage of subsidised tuition fees. Living allowance of S$5,800 per academic year is also covered.
Prospective candidates and interested applicants should refer to the website of respective universities and institutions for details of individual degree and scholarship programs, application methods, eligibility requirements and other information.
Source: Myanmar Times