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Singapore is Southeast Asia's hi-tech, wealthy city-state, which is also known for the conservatism of its leaders and its strict social controls. The country comprises the main island - linked by a causeway and a bridge to the southern tip of Malaysia - and around 50 smaller islands.

Once a colonial outpost of Britain, Singapore has become one of the world's most prosperous places - with glittering skyscrapers and a thriving port.

Most of its people live in public-housing tower blocks. They enjoy one of the world's highest standards of living, but also a system of punishments for acts deemed to be anti-social. Britain's Sir Stamford Raffles saw Singapore's commercial potential.
Government-led initiatives have encouraged Singaporeans to have more babies and to be more courteous. Citizens are urged to "Speak Good English" in place of a local slang known as "Singlish".

Chinese make up more than 75% of the community; Malays and Indians make up much of the remainder. There are many foreign workers. Although Singapore is a multi-party nation, the People's Action Party (PAP) has been the dominant force since independence. Rights groups have accused some politicians of using defamation suits to silence their opponents.

Singapore is often referred to as one of Asia's economic "tigers". Electronics manufacturing and financial services drive its economy. In the face of strong competition from regional manufacturers, Singapore is seeking to strengthen its services sector and tourism industry. The country was referred to - less kindly - by the writer William Gibson as "Disneyland with the death penalty". Singapore argues that its use of capital punishment - applied mostly for drugs trafficking offences - has stopped the growth of narcotics syndicates.

With a total land area of just 646 square kilometres, Singapore is a compact country brimming with the vibrancy of its 4 million people.

Here, you will find a diverse population of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races, covering a wide spectrum of religions, cultures, and languages, living harmoniously together. The synergistic mix of ethnic groups offer international students a wide spectrum of choices for living and playing in Singapore.

Singapore has a warm and humid climate all year-round, with temperatures ranging from 23 to 33 degrees centigrade. Sunshine is the norm, with occasional rain, especially during the year-end periods.

Singapore's safety, low crime rates, and high standards of living are well renowned, offering international students an ideal environment for study. And when it's time to put away the books, a myriad of sports, entertainment, and other fascinating sights and sounds are available to relax your mind and fill your senses. With surprises awaiting you at every corner of the island, you'll never want to leave!

 
FACTS
 
  • Full name: Republic of Singapore
  • Population: 4.4 million (UN, 2005)
  • Capital: Singapore
  • Area: 660 sq km (255 sq miles)
  • Major language: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
  • Major religion:Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit:1 Singapore dollar = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Computer equipment, machinery, rubber products, petroleum products
  • GNI per capita: US $27,490 (World Bank, 2006)
  • Internet domain: .sg
  • International dialling code: +65
 
REASONS TO STUDY
 
  • Singapore education system promotes excellence and be part of a progressive, cosmopolitan community.
  • Hub for Educational Excellence : has evolved from its traditional British-based education system to one that endeavours to meet the needs of individuals and seeks to nurture talents.
  • Singapore's Education system has a bilingual policy (English with Malay/Mandarin/Tamil) and a broad-based curriculum where innovation and entrepreneurship command a premium.
  • Stable Economy : With a GDP of S$161 billion in 2003, the island state though small in size and population (4 million people) has become a reputable financial centre, a key regional trading centre, the world's busiest port, and a top location for investment.
  • Singapore has been rated third among 145 countries in terms of ease of doing business. World Economic Forum (WEF) also rated Singapore as the most competitive economy possessing great innovative ability and a solid macro economy in the world.
  • Infrastructure and Accessibility: Singapore is well connected via sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. Singapore Changi Airport serves more than 60 airlines that fly to over 145 cities and has for many consecutive years been nominated as the best airport in the world.
  • A Multicultural Nation with the various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians) living together harmoniously, with more than 90,000 professional expatriates living and working in Singapore.
  • The Economist in March 2002, Singapore's quality of life surpassed that of London or New York. Thirty-nine factors were considered, including political stability, personal freedom, air pollution and the quality of healthcare, schools, restaurants and theatres.
  • A Vibrant City Lifestyle: Lots of fun and funky events such as the Great Singapore Sale, Singapore Arts Festival, festive light-ups and many others make Singapore a most "happening" place to be in.
  • Singapore has an Education Excellence Framework designed to protect student interests and to build high quality education providers. The Case Trust for Education Scheme gives international students the added assurance that private education institutions have proper systems and practices to look after the welfare and interest of international students. only PEOs who have obtained the CaseTrust for Education status will be able to offer placement for international students in their programmes in Singapore. The Student Protection Scheme (SPS), which protects the fees paid by international students is one such initiative. Without the SPS, private education institutions are not permitted to admit international students.
  • In addition, private education institutions which demonstrate organisational excellence are also awarded the 'Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organisations (SQC-PEO)' trustmark - an assurance of the institution's best academic and business practices. Education Services Accreditation Council accredits institutions for their capabilities to deliver quality programmes.
 
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