When making a choice of studying abroad, we generally consider two aspects, one is the school, and the other is the country or region. Why do we need to consider regional factors? Because we go to a place to study abroad, we not only hope to make use of the good teaching resources there, but also make use of the abundant urban resources. With this as a starting point, and considering the cost of studying abroad and safety, Singapore is undoubtedly an ideal choice.
1. Singapore’s local schools are world-class
Although there are not many universities in Singapore, it has some world-renowned universities, such as the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. They are ranked 11th and 13th in the latest QS World University Rankings, and the overall academic atmosphere is good. You know, the Singapore government invests more in education every year than in national defense. This country really puts education in the first place.
And many people are willing to choose Singapore to study abroad because she is a famous “golden springboard” in the study abroad circle. If you study in Singapore, you will have a higher chance of continuing your studies in world-class universities such as the Harvard University and Cambridge University in the future.
2. The cost of studying in Singapore is moderate
Singapore’s tuition and living expenses are relatively moderate among the world’s study abroad countries – it is about 30% less than that of European countries. This can reduce the financial burden of international students to a great extent.
3. This country emphasizes both Chinese and English
Three-quarters of Singapore’s population is Chinese, and the rest are made up of Malays (about 14%), Indians (about 9%), and mixed races (about 2%). Although Singapore’s teaching is all in English, Chinese is also a very important language in Singapore.
The founding father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, grew up in an English education environment, but later took the initiative to learn Chinese. Under his leadership, the Singapore government has made every effort to promote mother tongue education, that is, children of each race must learn their own mother tongue in addition to receiving English education. In addition to language, many schools also provide corresponding literature courses for advanced students.
4. The city environment is very clean and tidy
There is no doubt about the cleanliness and beauty of Singapore. It is called a garden city, with a green coverage rate of about 50%, and a landscape area that accounts for nearly one-eighth of Singapore’s land. At the same time it is very clean, you can even sit on the floor.
5. Singapore is very safe
Singapore not only has a good environment, it is also very safe.
In the 2019 World Safe City Index published by the world-class magazine “The Economist”, which has always been known for its rigor, Singapore ranks second in the world in total score!
Whether it is in terms of health and safety, or in terms of infrastructure safety, Singapore ranks among the best. The Singaporean government claims that it has “zero tolerance” for drugs. Bringing more than 15 grams of drugs into the country can be sentenced to hanging.
In Singapore, drug addicts will be sentenced to 3-12 whips when they are caught for the second time. Singapore uses the most stringent laws to reduce the crime rate to a minimum. Parents can even feel more at ease when their children go to study in Singapore.
6. Singapore implements an elite leadership system
If I were to use one word to describe Singapore, then I would choose “Meritocracy”, which uses merit as the only measure.
This kind of fair competition system that downplays race and family background and emphasizes individual abilities is the fundamental reason why Singapore has created economic and institutional miracles in Asia.
Singapore, a resource-poor country, understands the importance of talents, so it concentrates the nation’s efforts to cultivate elites.
In order to encourage citizens to work hard, the Singapore government did not copy the Western welfare system, but instead forced citizens to save for the old age and make everyone responsible for their own future. Under such policy orientation, Singaporean students retain or even further carry forward the spirit of hard work in the Eastern culture.
7. The education system combines the strengths of the East and the West
The designers of Singapore’s education system have absorbed the strengths of the Western education system-interest-oriented and critical thinking, while retaining the advantages of the Eastern tradition-a solid foundation and disciplinary depth.
In Singapore, an excellent high school student must study 6-8 academic subjects, pass six physical fitness tests including a 2,400-meter long run, and regularly participate in extracurricular activities (orchestras, sports teams, academic competitions, etc.), and must complete several hours of social welfare activities each semester.
The liberal arts in Singapore fully absorbs Western open brainstorming and group activity models, and at the same time strives to train students’ rigorous logic and advanced language. And the science includes design, practice and recording experiments.
Therefore, students in Singapore can generally adapt well to prestigious schools in Europe and the United States.
Based on the above reasons, Singapore is the most cost-effective and ideal country for studying abroad.