New MoE Options for University in Singapore

Students who are reassessing their plans to study overseas due to Covid-19 are being offered options to study at one of Singapore’s six universities. Singapore's Ministry of Education is helping mastermind the initative.
New MoE Options for University in Singapore
By Carli Allan
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Students whose plans to study in overseas universities have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic still have the chance to apply to a Singapore university. The Ministry of Education is working with local universities to help school-leavers and Singaporean students already midway through their overseas studies.

The MOE announced today (July 6) that more enrolment places have been set aside at Singapore’s Autonomous Universities for 2020-21 academic year starting in 2020. The application window for AUs – which includes Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore (pictured above), Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Social Sciences and Singapore University of Technology and Design – has been extended by two months from March to mid-May.

According to the MOE, around 2,000 more offers have already been made this year by the AUs across a range of courses, “while maintaining admission standards as the application pool is stronger this year”. It expects the AU Cohort Participation Rate to increase slightly this year from the originally planned 40%, by up to two percentage points.

Existing Singaporean students who are already studying in an overseas university but wish to switch to studying locally, can write directly to the AUs' admission offices, and their applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. So far, the AUs have received a small number of these applications.

The MOE said: “The AUs are prepared to take in as many of these transfer cases as they can accommodate - including for courses such as Medicine – and subject to applicants meeting the admission criteria.”

Students who are midway through their studies at overseas universities but would prefer to wait a few months before returning can apply to enrol in an AU for one semester, or sign up for Continuing Education and Training (CET) modular courses offered by the AUs.

The Ministry added: “Taken together, the MOE hopes that these measures will provide useful options for students who are now reassessing their plans to study overseas due to COVID-19.”

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the top-ranked university in Asia, and the 11th worldwide in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) dropped two places to 13th position worldwide and now ranks second in Asia.

Singapore Management University (SMU) was the other Singapore university to feature in QS rankings; it fell from last year’s ranking of 477th to the 511-520 band. More on the rankings here.

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