Friday, 28 December 2012

6 reasons to do your MBA in Singapore

6 reasons to do your MBA in Singapore

January 08, 2009 15:47 IST
Getting into a good MBA college in India [ Images ] or abroad is of prime concern for any student or a professional seeking MBA studies.
Almost 2,70,000 students took the Common Admission Test, or CAT, this year, aiming to study at one of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). But with only 1,800 seats and official results not due until January 9, candidates can't celebrate just yet.

Considering the ratio of MBA aspirants in India vis-à-vis the top B-school seats it makes good sense for those who do not get through the top B-schools in India, to look at options outside the country rather than end up in a  tier-2 institute in India. This would provide them higher returns on their investment besides off course a global learning atmosphere and work opportunities abroad.

John Gabriel, chief marketing officer for test prep company IMS Learning Resources Pvt. Ltd, describes two types of MBA colleges in India, one that create leaders and the other that acts more like finishing schools. For students who can't crack the first type, Gabriel often steers them to institutes outside the country.

Since most B-schools abroad require work experience from applicants, Singapore, in particular, is an appealing choice for Indian candidates. Most are one-year programmes and students are admitted on academic record, rather than entrance tests, so these are more accessible options for fresh graduates.
Studying in Singapore is an exciting option to study and pursue a career and has an ideal environment for Indian Students. Some of the advantages of studying in Singapore are:

1. Quality of Educational Institutes

Singapore has some of the best educational institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region. The Singapore education system promises a global experience that draws from the latest and the best in knowledge from around the world.

2. Affordable education

Singapore is one of the most economically viable alternatives if you wish to pursue your international education. The total expense of the fee and living costs in most educational institutes compare favourably with institutes offering MBA in India and range between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh only.
3. International batch-mates

In Singapore you will have students from more than 30+ countries as your batch mates. This enables you to take advantage of the rich inter-cultural environment and excellent global networking opportunities.

4. Work Permits for students
Students have permission to work for 16hours a week while pursuing studies, to support themselves economically.

5. Job Opportunities

Singapore is the Asia-Pac regional headquarters for most global organisations and is therefore a hub of major economic activity. There are 26,000 international companies in Singapore where students can look forward to excellent professional networking as well as job opportunities in one of the best business environments in Asia.

6. Safety

Singapore is the safest city for students. The government of Singapore has a non-tolerance policy towards drug abuse and ragging in campus.

You can also apply for a PR status in 2years and settle down in Singapore. Besides, the experience gained in Singapore is at the Asia Pac level and is always welcome back in India in the case of student wanting to return.

Also, since Singapore is culturally closer to India, it is a better choice for students who have never been outside the country. "If India's top business schools total around 5,000 seats," Gabriel says, "for the 5,001st guy, it's unfortunate, so we talk to them about the world.

The process of applying to an institute abroad requires the students to choose the right universities and institutes which suit their profile, be it academic or professional, request for application forms, prepare for group discussions, gear up for personal interviews, keep a track of dates and send completed forms with required documents. This whole process is not only exhaustive but also very crucial to procuring the right MBA in the right institute.
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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Singapore Cost of Living


Singapore Education
With its geographical proximity and cultural affinity to India, Singapore continues to be an important International destination for quality education to the Indian students, who are aspiring for an overseas education with a good International career prospects. The Government of Singapore is aggressively promoting its various higher secondary colleges and institutions across Indian metros and large cities. Over three years, the number of Indian students opting for studies in Singapore has surged and with the growth of the Indian economy and the increasing standard of life to its large middle class population means more and more students will be coming to Singapore, which is the leading Educational Hub in Asia, with a blend of both Western and Eastern Cultures, say best of the both worlds. Singapore is well known as a global education hub. It has a strategic geographical location, reputation for internationally acclaimed educational excellence, with a safe and cosmopolitan environment. As a vibrant business hub it presents opportunities for institutional-industry collaboration to the students. One of the sustainable sectors, education is a counter-cyclical industry even during the economically hard times as the unemployed seek to retrain and upgrade themselves. There is a growing demand from the Asian students for quality education at various levels tertiary, pre-university, vocational training, etc. This is especially so amongst the fast-growth countries such as India and China, where there is unmet demand from the burgeoning middle classes for quality education services.


Educational System in Singapore
The Ministry of Education aims to help the students to discover their own talents, to make the best of these talents and realise their full potential, and to develop a passion for learning that lasts through life.
Education Landscape
The Singapore Education Landscape
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Singapore has a strong education system. Singapore students aim high and they achieve very good results. This is recognised around the world. We have good schools, with capable school leaders and teachers, and facilities that are amongst the best in the world.

Ministry of Education, Singapore is building on these strengths as we prepare the next generation of Singaporeans for the future. This is a future that brings tremendous opportunity, especially in Asia, but it will also bring many changes that we cannot foresee today. The task of their schools and tertiary institutions is to give our young the chance to develop the skills, character and values that will enable them to continue to do well and to take Singapore forward in this future.

MoE, Singapore has been moving in recent years towards an education system that is more flexible and diverse. The aim is to provide students with greater choice to meet their different interests and ways of learning. Being able to choose what and how they learn will encourage them to take greater ownership of their learning. It gives the students a more broad-based education to ensure their all-round or holistic development, in and out of the classroom.

These approaches in education will allow us to nurture our young with the different skills that they need for the future. They seek to help every child find his own talents, and grow and emerge from school confident of his abilities. They will encourage them to follow their passions, and promote a diversity of talents among them – in academic fields, and in sports and the arts.

They want to nurture young Singaporeans who ask questions and look for answers, and who are willing to think in new ways, solve new problems and create new opportunities for the future. And, equally important, we want to help our young to build up a set of sound values so that they have the strength of character and resilience to deal with life’s inevitable setbacks without being unduly discouraged, and so that they have the willingness to work hard to achieve their dreams.

(* Ministry of Education Website-Singapore)


Cost of Education ang Living Expenses
Cost of Living

The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. Compared to countries in western continents, the cost of living here is relatively low, and basic items like food and clothing are very reasonably priced.

When planning your budget, you will need to cater for these items :
  • Accommodation
  • Utilities
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Clothing
  • Telecommunications
  • Books & Stationery
  • Medical/Hospitalisation Insurance
  • Personal Expenses

An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study.

These estimated cost ranges in the Table below gives a rough guide of the basic expenditure an international student may incur per month.

Please note that the average estimates were derived based on prices as at Nov 2007 and they serve as a reference only.


Required Tests
The English Proficiency test and other eligibility tests like GRE, GMAT is required by Some Institutes/Colleges/Universities in Singapore. However most of them do not require all these.


Work Prospects
Question: As a foreign student at the local universities or polytechnics with a student visa, can I do part-time work during term time? Do I apply to the Ministry of Education or the Immigration Department for permission to seek part-time employment?

Answer: Yes, you can do part-time work under certain conditions and it is also subject to approval by the university or polytechnic that you are studying in. Before you look for part time employment, please approach the respective institutions for further details.

*(Ref: Ministry of Education, Singapore website-


Documents Required
Basic Documents Required:

From the Applicant,
  1. 2 copies for Form 16, Form V36 and Form V39S duly completed and signed by applicant and local sponsor at the relevant sections. (The first set of forms must be original.)
  2. 2 recent passport-sized photographs (BW/ Colour) to be pasted on the top-right hand corner of Form 16
  3. Applicant’s Official Birth Certificate (in English and photocopy)
  4. Applicant’s highest education certificates and result transcripts (in English and photocopy)
  5. Copies of personal particular pages of applicant’s travel document/ passport (photocopy)
Additional documents are required if
  • the applicant is a national from the visa-required countries
  • one of the applicant’s parents/ step-parents is a Singapore citizen/ PR
  • Applicant’s spouse is a Singapore Citizen/ PR

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Singapore Universities


Singapore Universities


 Shines College


SIM University Singapore Institute of Management


National University of Singapore

Singapore Institure of Commerce


PSB Academy 


Singapore Management University (SMU)


Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


Management Development Institute of Singapore

James Cook University (JSC)


German Institute of Science and Technology 



S P Jain Center of Management 


Raffles Design Institute


Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

Lasalle College of the Arts

Singapore Institute of Commerce (Victoria University) 


Hemsdle University Centre 


Singapore Human Resource Institute

School of Applied Studies


Kaplan Asia Pacific Management Institute 


Auston Institute of Management



Curtin University of Technology

Queen Margaret University Asia Campus in Singapore 


EASB Institute of Management ====================================================================

Fujian Medical University


Edinburgh Business School EBS 


SmartLab Private Ltd ====================================================================

Singapore Polytechnic


TMC Educational Group 


Temasek Polytechnic 


Ngee Ann Polytechnic