Education

Providing The Global Edge

Best known for its design college, the Raffles group of education institutes is actually more than just a design school. Under its new umbrella name, RCHE offers courses that cater to the needs of today’s industries.

By Ernest Eng

Raffles College of Higher Education (RCHE) differentiates itself from other education providers by boasting of a truly unique study environment where lecturers and students, staff and campuses combine to form a global schoolhouse.

RCHE comprises of the Raffles Design Institute, the Raffles Merchandising Institute, and the Raffles School of Business.

The college’s reach extends from Sydney, Australia all the way up North Asia to Mongolia and traverses major Indian cities in South Asia. In total, there are 36 RCHE institutes located in 13 countries.

This international face of RCHE is well reflected in the nationalities of the students who make up its population at the Singapore campus.

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Thirst for Knowledge

Wu Xuan De, an undergraduate at Kaplan Higher Education Academy, shares why he looks forward to every lesson.

By Joyce Lin

Learning is meant to be an enjoyable journey, and Wu Xuan De could not agree more. He found studying for his diploma in Banking, Security and Investment very engaging and this interest, coupled with his hard work meant that he excelled in the course.

Xuan De’s outstanding results led to a full scholarship being awarded by Kaplan Higher Education Academy for his further studies. The 24-year-old is currently pursuing a finance degree there, one which offers him direct honours in just 18 months, awarded by the University College Dublin, Ireland.

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Best of Both Worlds

Two undergraduates at SMa Institute of Higher Learning tell us how life is like in one of Singapore’s most respected private schools.

By Joyce Lin

In today’s competitive job climate, having recognized tertiary credentials can help you go far. Even though you might choose to embark on your career first after your polytechnic studies, you still have many options available to you if you wish to further your studies. Here’s where part-time degrees offer the best solution.

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The Difference Between Them N'US

More polytechnic graduates with outstanding results are entering local varsities like NUS. Find out how two current undergraduates decided to take the less-trodden path to university education in Singapore with great results.

By Yvette Lim

While the more common route to an education in local universities is sitting for the GCE 'A' levels in junior colleges, not everyone can survive the intensity of preparing for the said examinations. For those who are still intent on pursuing higher degrees, though, there are alternative ways to explore.

Teo Shi Jia is one such student who took the path less travelled. The 24-year-old did not do well enough in her ‘A’ levels to earn a place in a local university on merit. However, that did not deter the spunky girl. She zoomed in on developing her interests in the healthcare industry, and enrolled in Ngee Ann Polytechnic's (NP) Nursing programme.

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NUS University Scholars Programme

NUS University Scholars Programme

The University Scholars Programme (USP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is one of the most flexible, interdisciplinary academic programmes offered to undergraduates across Asia and beyond.

Integrated across six-faculties in NUS - Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Design and Environment, Computing, Engineering, and Science, USP invites the brightest, sharpest, most curious minds at every annual University intake to be a part of its select, 180-strong cohort.

Students who gain admission to USP are concurrently enrolled in one of these faculties and at the USP. They do a direct-honours programme with their faculty where they earn 70% of their academic credits and an exciting USP curriculum that fulfils 30% of their graduate requirements. Through a vibrant and dynamic multi-disciplinary programme, USP students are nurtured to be the next generation of dynamic leaders, thinkers and trail-blazers for Singapore and the world.

The USP Cornerstone

Launched in September 2000, the University Scholars Programme provides students with an environment for exploration, collaboration, and creative discovery with unique modules designed to develop interdisciplinary and critical thinking.

Pedagogical approaches at USP focus on fluid learning for students at every level. The curriculum incorporates different modes of inquiry with lateral-thinking modules, independent-study initiatives, and interactive classroom settings where peers and professors argue ideas freely and passionately. USP students and professors come from different faculties, and together at the USP, they create a naturally stimulating environment where modules incorporate various fields of study, and where teaching and learning inspire students to consider perspectives larger than their own.

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An Aussie Boost Towards a Dream Career

Two JCU students talk about how their Australian education in Singapore will prepare them to take on the world.

By Becky Lo

With a practical and reputable education system, as well as a vibrant and friendly culture, Australia has always been an attractive education destination for students. However, for those who are concerned about living expenses, potential communication barriers and cultural differences, there is an equally appealing alternative right here at home.

Since 2003, James Cook University Australia has been providing high-quality education for both local and international students at it’s JCU Singapore cCampus. The programs follow the same curriculum as the Australian campuses but are contextualised to the Asian environment. This winning combination is what attracted Tricia Tam and Alvin Ganesh to opt for James Cook University when furthering their studies.

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Growing with JobsCentral Learning

Seraphine Ng is the proud winner of the inaugural JobsCentral Learning Award. We find out why the process of learning has always been important to her.

by Wendy Ng

“It’s okay, I’ll try again next time,” were the words Seraphine Ng was prepared to say when she received a call about the results of the 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award.

“It was a sleepy afternoon in the office. I thought it was a polite call to tell me someone else had gotten the award and I had even prepared what to say. Suddenly I was told I had won. It woke me up instantly!” recalls Seraphine.

Like her fellow nominees, Seraphine signed up on the JobsCentral Learning portal and applied for the inaugural JobsCentral Learning Award. Nominees went through an interview process with a selection panel, and Seraphine was eventually chosen as the winner, receiving $1,000 in cash and an award certificate.

Aiming for career advancement
To Seraphine, the importance of upgrading herself through further studies has always been clear. “I have been doing accounts for the past 10 years, but I have never been able to get promoted to the position that I wanted. Even with a diploma in Accountancy, I could only get to positions such as Accounts Executive or Accounts Assistant,” shares the 29 year old, whose dream job is to be a Regional Accounts Manager.

“If I rely solely on my diploma, I will forever only be an Accounts Executive, I might become an Accounts Manager if I joined a small-medium enterprise, but that’s not what I really want. I want a regional post, which requires a lot of knowledge. That convinced me to further my studies after ten years,” explains Seraphine.

The Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate shares a long and fulfilling relationship with JobsCentral spanning ten years of her working life. Having registered with JobsCentral since her polytechnic days, Seraphine proudly informs us that she found her current job through JobsCentral, one of Singapore’s largest job portals.

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SAA Global Education: A Stepping Stone Into Accounting

SAA Global Education is the training arm of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS), the national accountancy body of Singapore. Boasting a reputation for delivering accredited accountancy qualifications, it is the choice for over 5,000 students from around the region. Find out why you should consider enrolling with SAA-GE as we speak to two of their brightest and get a better insight into life as an SAA-GE undergraduate.

By Ernest Eng

Niwas Nallasamy hails from southern India and has been in Singapore ever since he decided to pursue his ‘A’ levels here. He soon found himself at crossroads after graduating.

“I initially had plans to further my studies in physics or engineering but at an education fair, I realised that the career development options in the accounting field would suit me better – so the choice then came down to where best to pursue my accounting education.”

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A New Learning Era

Slated to be the first university in the world to inject concepts of design and innovation into the field of research, engineering and architecture, SUTD promises the world a whole new batch of creative talents.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Don’t expect Singapore’s fourth public university to be just another archetypal institute for higher learning. The Singapore University of Technology and Design, or as it is more commonly known, SUTD, is in a league of its own, with programmes focusing on the nurturing of the neo-engineer and architect.

SUTD aims to be an educational hub in the fields of technology and design by adopting a unique system of pedagogy in order to achieve the best and most innovative results among its students. Its close collaborations with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zhejiang University in China will also promise an exciting blend of the most innovative cultures from both the East and the West.

It currently offers four degrees – Bachelor in Architecture with a major in Sustainable Design, Bachelor in Engineering with a major in Product Development, Bachelor in Engineering with a major in Systems and Design and Bachelor in Engineering with a major in Information Systems Technology and Design.

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The Application Essay - Demystified

The UK and the US are among the most popular overseas destinations for Singaporean students, and the application processes for both countries require essays. For prospective students, writing a good application essay is an important hurdle to getting into the school of their choice.

By Janelle Lau

For most overseas universities applicants, the most daunting part of the application is the personal essays required. In fact, personal statements can make or break an application. Yet, whether you are applying to a school in the US or the UK matters as there are differences in the style of writing personal essays for both. We delve into the world of both the UK and US universities and show you how to follow the unwritten guidelines for both countries. This will help you immensely during your application process.

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