Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth.
1. Excellent education system
Singapore's education system has been voted as the best in the world by OECD 2015 study
Singapore offers a progressive education system with state-of-the-art facilities. The standard of education is excellent across all levels, starting right from the primary level. Apart from the public schools, Singapore also has 30+ international schools that follow the foreign education system for children of expatriates. The 5 autonomous universities of Singapore are ranked well globally and all other private institutes of higher education (PEIs) are regulated by the Council for Private Education (CPE.)
2. Cheaper than UK/ USA/ Australia
The best thing about studying in Singapore is its proximity to India which reduces the expanses incurred in this country as compared to major destinations like USA, UK, Canada or Australia. You can balance out your costs if you plan your expenses wisely (for e.g. use public transport which is quite extensive & affordable there.)
3. No language barrier - English spoken widely
Most sign boards and shop names in Singapore will use English and/ or other languages.
Indian students studying in Singapore will not face any problem feeling at home as English widely spoken here and majority of Singaporeans can understand English. Even though the national language of Singapore is Malay, the 4 official languages are Malay, Mandarin, Tamil & English, thanks to the multi-racial nature of Singapore. Students won't have any difficulty communicating as English is the main language of business & administration.
4. Clean, green and safe country
The "supertrees" are man-made mechanical forests that work as vertical gardens. They are part of the Gardens by the Bay - an initiative by the Singapore government. 1.6 lakh+ plants (orchids, ferns, climbers of 200+ species) have been planted on the 18 supertrees. Image courtesy: harrytanphoto.wordpress.com
Thanks to very strict anti-litter policies (a fine of SGD 1000 if you litter for the first time and a fine of SGD 5000 if you repeat the offence!), Singapore is a very spick and span island state and has also earned the nickname of "fine city"! And despite being a completely urbanized state, Singapore is the greenest city in Asia, with its green cover increasing from 36% in the eighties to 47% in 2016 (Centre for Liveable cities.)
The crime rates are low, the streets are safe - even late in the night. Can the country sound any more appealing? Study in Singapore to experience a high standard of living.
5. Multicultural Society
You will not feel alienated in this country as you will see a lot of Indian and Asian faces in Singapore. Singapore's multicultural society is composed of four major ethnic groups: the Chinese, Malays, Indians and smaller minority groups. The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living here. Singapore's principal religions are Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity.
6. Home to many foreign universities
The S.P. Jain School of Global Management is in no way related to India's SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR)
Singapore's increasing popularity as a business & education hub has attracted a lot of foreign universities of repute to set up their campuses here. S.P. Jain School of Global Management, ESSEC Business School, Queen Margaret University are a few foreign players who have set up base in this country.
7. A Leading Global Business Hub
Singapore now plays an important role as the business epicentre located right in the heart of Asia
Ranked by the World Bank in 2016 as the easiest country to do business with, Singapore continues to attract investors and companies thanks to its "business-friendly" nature. It is no wonder that most multinational corporate giants of the world have their presence in Singapore as well. In short, there won't be any dearth of jobs in this country, which is quite a good reason for students to consider pursuing their higher education in Singapore.
8. A degree from Singapore is valued by employers globally
The National University of Singapore (NUS) ranks 17th, the Nanyang Technological University ranks 117th on the Global Employability University Ranking 2015 indicating that degrees from well-known institutes of Singapore are recognized globally by employers.
9. Enough scholarship opportunities
Even though the country may seem a tad too expensive to Indian students, the good news is that there are many scholarships on offer to help you manage your studies without burning a hole in your pockets!
10. Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS)
This scheme was introduced by the Singapore government for all international (non-Singaporean) students as a way to make the cost of tuition affordable. If you're an international student pursuing a full-time undergraduate/ diploma course, the government would subsidize (reduce) your course fee, if you sign an agreement where you commit to work in Singapore for at least 3 years after graduation. Sounds like a win-win situation, doesn't it?
Temperature in Singapore decreased to 27.69 celsius in December from 27.88 celsius in November of 2015.
Temperature in Singapore averaged 26.54 celsius from 1825 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 28.88 celsius in June of 2014 and a record low of 24.03 celsius in December of 1860.
1. Buses, rail, watercraft and metro are the easiest travel methods in the city
2. Affordable rail and bus transportation between the different states
3. Student fares are available