No university place? Consider private institutions instead
The Straits Times Interactive
I WOULD like to encourage those who did not qualify for local universities to consider an alternative route of education. Local universities are not the only institutions that provide good quality education. In fact, Singapore has many private institutions that host long-distance learning degrees from top universities around the world. For example, Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) hosts degrees offered by the University of London that are recognised internationally by prospective employers. The annual cost of a degree programme is about $10,000 compared to $7,000 a year at local universities. There is no huge disparity in fees as imagined. It is better for A level holders who did not make it to the local universities to consider signing up with a private school rather than waste another year retaking their A levels. Retaking their A levels does not guarantee them a place in local universities the following year. However, with decent grades, they can enrol in a private institution to continue their degree studies for better career prospects. There are a number of private institutions that offer degree programmes. Depending on the type and duration of the degree course, the fees range from $10,000 to $20,000 a year. It is advisable to check if the school has a Student Protection Scheme offered by Case.
June 19, 2007