“Clean and Green”, “Education Hub” and “Safest Country in Asia” are just some of the many taglines that come to mind at the mention of Singapore. Despite its small size, Singapore is a giant in many aspects from its large international trade to its consistently strong economy, and top-notch education outcomes. Here’s why you should study in Singapore:
1. Education in Singapore – The Perfect Environment for International Students!
Renowned for its quality education system, Singapore ranks only second to China in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) World Ranking in 2018. PISA is a prestigious triennial international benchmarking test for 15-year-olds all over the world, of which Singapore has been consistently ranked top positions since 2009. Having been lauded “the best education system in the world”, Singapore is a highly sought-after Education Hub not just for government schools, but also for its private colleges and universities.
2. Safe and Secure Singapore
Rated “Safest Country in Asia” and “Second Safest Country in the World”, Singapore prides itself in being a peaceful and orderly country that provides its residents with a sense of security anytime, anywhere. In 2019, Singapore recorded the “longest period of serious crime-free days in five years” where “violent crime and crimes against persons were also rare occurrences”. Besides low crime rates, chances of natural disasters occurring are also next to zero, making it an extremely secure environment to live in. Singapore’s healthcare has also consistently been top-notch as evident even in the recent earth-shattering COVID-19 pandemic, where Singapore emerged with the world’s lowest death rate, at 0.05%, far below the global average of 3%.
3. Clean and Green Singapore
Aptly branded “City In A Garden”, Singapore’s modernistic skyscrapers sit amongst lush greeneries, making it not just appealing to the eye but also hygienic and attractive to foreign businesses and tourism. Despite its mere 700 square kilometres in size, Singapore has carefully and creatively planned 9% of its total land for parks and nature reserves. A study in 2017 that involved satellite views of Singapore also recorded almost 50% of Singapore in greenery. This, together with the 17 reservoirs as water catchment areas, create an eco-friendly, clean and green Singapore.
4. Education Pathway
A typical education pathway begins from Pre-School offered from age three, with Primary School starting from age seven and ending at age 12. From 13 to 16 or 17, students will attend Secondary School, where, upon graduation, they can choose a diverse range of tertiary education (most commonly Polytechnics or Junior Colleges) before finally matriculating into University, if they so choose.
Singapore’s language medium is in the English language (UK) for most subjects, with the exception of the student’s ‘mother tongue’ language subject, most commonly Chinese, Malay or Tamil language. This makes most Singaporeans bilingual or even trilingual which adds to Singapore’s multiracial culture.
5. Multi-Racial and Multi-Religious Singapore
Enriched by a diverse range of races and religions, Singapore is a cultural tapestry of history, traditions, and festivities. The main races in Singapore are Chinese, being the majority, followed by Malays, and Indians. Beyond the three main races, Singapore is also home to expatriates from all parts of the world. For a country so small, Singapore brims with a plethora of ethnic enclaves like Chinatown for the Chinese, Arab Street and Kampong Glam for the Malays, Little India for the Indians, and many more hidden gems just awaiting to be explored!
Perhaps most impressive is Singapore’s ability to maintain peace and stability despite cultural differences. Known for its hospitable climate, Singapore’s rank of “second most powerful passport in the world” is testament to its uniqueness, accessibility and allure, making it the perfect environment for international students of different intersections to receive globally–competitive education.