Singapore solidifies its reputation as a regional education hub



The rise of the National University of Singapore (NUS) to the top of the QS University Rankings: Asia is the latest evidence of Singapore’s strengthened position as a regional education leader. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) also jumped in the rankings this year, from 9th position to 7th, cementing the reputation of Singapore’s top universities as among the region’s best. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) followed NUS to secure second place.

NUS supplanted The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as the region’s top-ranked university. This is the first time since the QS Asia rankings began in 2009 that a university from Hong Kong has failed to secure the coveted top spot. In compiling the rankings, QS weighs factors such as academic and employer reputation, citations, numbers of international faculty and students, and inbound and outbound exchanges.

In a recent University World News article, Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said the rankings confirm the emergence of Singapore and Korea as the region’s new major players in higher education, ending the dominance of Hong Kong and Japan.

“Both NUS and KAIST have benefitted from major government investment in research; while operating in English has helped them attain new levels of global engagement,” he added.

The rise of NUS and NTU in regional tables reflects the Singapore government’s commitment to funding a strategic, gradual expansion of its education system. As University World News notes, NUS and NTU are currently benefitting from a S$16.1 billion (US$12.9 billion) government programme to improve their performance in science, technology, and innovation.

Singapore’s universities rise at time of increased regional mobility

These regional shifts come at a time when the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries are ratcheting up ambitious goals for intra-regional student mobility. Plans for increased cooperation across the ASEAN states are anchored by four priority areas: student mobility, credit transfers, quality assurance, and the establishment of research clusters.

Singapore is hoping that increased prestige of local institutions will also keep more of its own students closer to home. In support of that goal, in recent years it has launched an ambitious plan to expand higher education opportunities for Singaporean students. In response to these government priorities, many of Singapore’s universities have begun to grow student pathways from secondary to post-secondary institutions in order to support an increase in the number of domestic students studying in-country.

Late last year, Channel NewsAsia highlighted how two Singaporean universities are increasing programme and pathway options for domestic students. The Singapore Institute of Management University (UniSIM), for example, is expanding offerings to include broad-based education in business and accounting, while the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will offer highly specialised engineering programmes in rail and software. Both institutions were recently upgraded to university status by the Singapore government as part of far-reaching higher education reforms.

In the article, Lim Biow Chuan, the chair of Singapore’s Government Parliamentary Committee for Education, said:

“As we create more places for our local students, I suppose the hope is that more of our students will not think about going overseas unless they have no choice, but that they will enrol in the local universities.”

Increased pathway options part of slow, strategic expansion

Singapore hosts over 70,000 international students annually, although the government has begun to cap spaces for international students in order to expand space for domestic students in recent years. Nevertheless, Singapore remains an attractive destination as a safe, tolerant, multicultural, and technologically advanced country that also allows foreign students to work for up to 16 hours a week while enrolled in full-time studies.

A recent article in the Hong Kong Education Post highlights Singapore’s appeal to students from Hong Kong, in particular. According to the article, one of the key selling features for Hong Kong students is Singapore’s Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS), which helps offset the cost of tuition for international students. The Tuition Grant Scheme was introduced in 1980 and permits non-Singaporean students enrolled in full-time diploma or undergraduate courses in many institutions to apply for a tuition subsidy. Other attractive features for Hong Kong students include the use of English and Mandarin in the classroom and the geographical proximity of Singapore.pathways_to_universities

Pathways to Singapore universities. Source: Hong Kong Education Post

Cost challenges on the horizon

Even with these recent indications of Singapore’s continuing – even growing – strength as a regional hub, there are warning signs that growth in student numbers may become more difficult to achieve moving forward. Singapore’s economy remains strong – it managed growth of between 3.5 and 4% in 2013 – and unemployment and inflation are still relatively low. Rapid growth, however, has brought some challenges.

According to East Asia Forum, one of the key hurdles facing the nation is how to maintain a strong quality of life for citizens. There are concerns in some quarters, for example, about increased poverty and the affordability of healthcare.

For students (both domestic and international), one of the pressing concerns is the rising cost of living. A recent article in ChinaDaily Asia suggests that the very growth that drives Singapore’s robust economy has made it an increasingly expensive country in which to live and work. Indeed, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reports that Singapore has recently surpassed Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city.

“Over the last decade, a 40% currency appreciation coupled with solid price inflation has consistently pushed Singapore up the ranking,” said the EIU.

The Strait Times adds, “There is little doubt that Singapore’s high costs challenge the country’s competitive edge.” The same article, however, also points out that the value Singapore adds as a business destination – strong global competitiveness and exceptional transportation links, among other factors – outweighs these rising costs. And fair to say that other cities in Asia are facing similar cost increases.

In any case, concerns about cost have so far done little to challenge Singapore’s steady rise as a regional education power. With its leading universities now occupying two of the top spots in an important regional ranking, increasing attention will be paid to Singapore as both a destination for further study and as a leader in attracting impressive new talent to its shores.

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University of Otago, Selandia Baru


The University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university and a vibrant international centre of learning.

The University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university and a vibrant international centre of learning.

It was established in 1869 by Scottish settlers with a strong conviction in the transforming power of education.

Today the University has about 20,000 students, from all over New Zealand and from nearly 100 countries around the world.
The University of Otago is New Zealand’s most research-intensive university, and the highest ranked for the quality of its research. Otago academics have won the largest share of the prestigious Marsden Fund for five years in a row.

In contrast to many other distinguished research universities, however, we also put a great emphasis on the quality of undergraduate teaching. Even first year students have the opportunity to be taught by academics who are world leaders in their field

University of Queensland, Australia

UQThe University of Queensland (UQ) adalah di atas 100 universitas di seluruh dunia, yang diukur melalui sejumlah peringkat universitas besar independen: Ranking Akademik Universitas Dunia, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings dan, Ranking Kinerja Makalah Ilmiah untuk Universitas Dunia. UQ juga merupakan universitas terbesar di Queensland.

Penelitian global positioning Universitas disorot oleh pemilihan lima ilmuwan UQ ke Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Australia (AAS) pada tahun 2013 – seperempat dari 20 Fellows baru dan yang paling dari setiap institusi di negara ini.

Lima Fellows baru bergabung dengan grup yang ada dari 19 UQ ilmuwan mengaku kepada AAS sebagai Fellows sejak tahun 1988, sehingga jumlah akademisi UQ yang tergabung dalam salah satu dari empat akademi bergengsi belajar di Australia sampai 95.

Beredar Universitas 200.000-plus alumni termasuk seorang pemenang Nobel, CEO sebuah perusahaan Fortune 500, pemenang Academy Award, dan pemimpin di pemerintahan, hukum, ilmu pengetahuan, pelayanan publik dan seni. Universitas merayakan alumni sebagai aset terbesar. Prestasi mereka membuat Universitas besar – dan, sebagai imbalannya, Universitas akan bekerja keras untuk memperkuat reputasinya.

UQ merupakan salah satu dari hanya tiga anggota Australia global Universitas 21, anggota pendiri Group of Eight (Go8) universitas, dan anggota dari Universitas Australia.

UQ memiliki fokus yang kuat pada keunggulan mengajar, memenangkan Pengajaran lebih Australia dan Dewan Belajar Awards untuk Pengajaran Excellence dari yang lain di negara ini dan menarik mayoritas berprestasi akademik tertinggi di Queensland, serta interstate atas dan mahasiswa di luar negeri.

Pada tahun 2012, Universitas memiliki lebih dari 46.000 mahasiswa, termasuk 11.000 mahasiswa internasional dari 134 negara. Memiliki salah satu dari pendaftaran PhD terbesar di Australia, dengan lebih dari 12.600 mahasiswa pascasarjana, dan merayakan 10.000 th kelulusan PhD tahun lalu.

The UQ Keuntungan memberikan siswa dengan kesempatan, pilihan dan dukungan yang akan memungkinkan mereka untuk mencapai aspirasi masing-masing, untuk menjadi pemimpin di bidang yang mereka pilih dan untuk memberikan dampak positif pada masyarakat di mana mereka tinggal. Selain fleksibilitas dalam pilihan program manfaat mahasiswa termasuk kesempatan untuk menikmati berbagai kegiatan ekstrakurikuler selama masa studi mereka. Ada studi di luar negeri peluang dan akses ke lebih dari 100 klub dan masyarakat, serta fasilitas olahraga dan budaya.

The UQ Graduate School menawarkan dukungan yang signifikan untuk penelitian mahasiswa tingkat yang lebih tinggi melalui berbagai beasiswa dan penghargaan perjalanan penelitian, ruang kantor khusus, pelatihan keterampilan dan kesempatan pengembangan profesional. Universitas memperkenalkan UQ Karir Advantage Program PhD – lain pertama nasional – yang dirancang untuk mempercepat pengembangan karir PhD siswa dan meningkatkan kerja mereka.

Bukti menunjukkan bahwa penelitian Universitas unggul dalam kualitas dan dampak. Menurut 2012 Keunggulan dalam Inovasi untuk Australia sidang, banyak proyek penelitian di UQ telah disampaikan manfaat ekonomi, sosial dan lingkungan yang luar biasa. Proyek-proyek yang dinilai adalah:

Vaksin kanker serviks Gardasil ®
Tiga P Parenting Program
Perubahan regulasi pestisida karena penelitian kontaminasi dioxin
Perkembangan teknologi fabrikasi titanium untuk bahan kedirgantaraan
Peningkatan pencitraan untuk sistem MRI
GroundProbe Slope Stability Radar, digunakan pada lokasi tambang.
UQ juga memiliki bidang yang lebih khusus penelitian “baik di atas standar dunia” dari universitas Australia lainnya, menurut 2012 Keunggulan dalam Penelitian untuk Australia (ERA) penilaian.

Pada tahun 2012, UQ menduduki negara untuk Australian Research Council penelitian awal karir dan pendanaan secara keseluruhan.

Dengan empat kampus utama, yang terletak di St Lucia dan Herston di Brisbane, dan Ipswich dan Gatton di Tenggara Queensland, Universitas telah berinvestasi secara substansial dalam pembangunan dan pengembangan, membantu menciptakan lingkungan yang besar di mana untuk belajar dan penelitian. UQ berkomitmen untuk mengembangkan ruang state-of-the-art belajar yang sejalan dengan tuntutan industri dan harapan.

UQ telah mendirikan delapan lembaga penelitian, banyak dengan fokus multidisiplin:

Australian Institute for Bioengineering dan Nanoteknologi;
Global Change Institute;
Institute for Molecular Bioscience;
Lembaga Penelitian Ilmu Sosial;
Queensland Aliansi Pertanian dan Inovasi Pangan;
Queensland Brain Institute;
Mineral Institute berkelanjutan; dan
UQ Diamantina Institute.
UQ juga merupakan mitra di Translational Research Institute (TRI) – Australia pertama yang mewakili masa depan dalam penelitian biomedis. TRI memiliki kapasitas untuk menemukan, memproduksi, menguji dan memproduksi perawatan baru dan vaksin dalam satu lokasi.

UQ menarik lebih dari $ 80 juta dalam pendanaan penelitian dari industri dan peringkat pertama di antara universitas-universitas Australia untuk pendapatan lisensi, nilai kepemilikan ekuitas dan pengungkapan penemuan, paten Australia yang baru dan perusahaan start-up aktif. Universitas ini juga berterima kasih kepada banyak alumni dan anggota masyarakat yang menyumbangkan terhadap pengajaran dan inisiatif penelitian.

UniQuest, yang didirikan oleh UQ pada tahun 1984, adalah salah satu perusahaan komersialisasi riset terkemuka di Australia. Portofolio inovasi UniQuest meliputi vaksin blockbuster pertama Australia Gardasil ®, terbesar biotek IPO Australia (QRxPharma Ltd), Triple P Positif Program Parenting yang diakui dunia internasional, dan teknologi superkonduktor UQ, digunakan dalam dua-pertiga dari dunia mesin MRI.


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Sekilas mengenai University of Waterloo, Kanada

university of waterloo

Hanya dalam waktu setengah abad, University of Waterloo, terletak di jantung Kanada teknologi hub, telah menjadi universitas yang komprehensif terkemuka dengan 35.100 siswa penuh dan paruh waktu di program sarjana dan pascasarjana. Secara konsisten berada diperingkat tertinggi sebagai inovatif universitas di Kanada , Waterloo adalah pusat bagi penelitian lanjutan dan pengajaran di bidang ilmu pengetahuan dan teknik, kesehatan, lingkungan, seni dan ilmu sosial. Dari komputasi kuantum dan nanoteknologi untuk psikologi klinis dan penelitian ilmu kesehatan, Waterloo membawa ide-ide dan pikiran cemerlang bersama, inspirasi inovasi dengan dampak yang nyata saat ini dan di masa depan.

Sebagai rumah bagi program pendidikan terbesar dunia pasca-sekolah menengah koperasi, Waterloo mencakup koneksi ke dunia dan mendorong kemitraan giat dalam belajar, penelitian, dan komersialisasi. Dengan kampus dan pusat pendidikan di empat benua, dan kemitraan akademik mencakup dunia, Waterloo membentuk masa depan planet ini.

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Raffles makes its mark on the spring / summer 2014 fashion calendar

Sydney, Australia – The Raffles brand soared to greater heights in the 2014 Spring/Summer

fashion season through the participation in several major fashion event in the international arena.

The “Raffles International Showcase” at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) 2014 showcased

the creations by emerging Raffles Fashion Designers;

From Raffles Sydney: Diyana Kosso, Gabriel Lee, Sara Aljaism, and William Brunton.

From Raffles Singapore: Sheila Agatha Wijaya, Sean Loh, and Paul Nathaphol.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is a celebration of fashion and culture. In its fourth consecutive year,

the Raffles International Showcase holds a reputation for presenting original, innovative and distinguished

design talent from across the Asia Pacific. The Raffles Fashion Designers featured are blossoming leaders of

tomorrow, having made waves as they showcased their creations at the MBFWA 2014. Their designs received

positive reviews, paving the way for a bigger success as they build their brand and reputation.

Raffles Shanghai invited to Christian Dior Haute Couture (April 2014)


Shanghai, China ‐ Raffles Shanghai
was one of 16 top design schools worldwide to be invited to Christian Dior’s haute couture fashion show in Paris, France.

The three‐day, all‐expenses‐paid trip by
Dior gave participants a rare opportunity
to tour Dior’s headquarters and attend a workshop, conference and haute couture show.

Raffles Shanghai selected its top three fashion design students — Xu Yingjin,
Wu Die and Fu Yuji — to fly to Paris with Fashion Design Assistant Programme Director Liz Thng.

Together with delegates from other schools, they visited Dior’s ateliers on Avenue Montaigne
and saw first-hand how the haute couture artisans painstakingly finish the intricate garments
that would become the central motif of the collection for the haute couture show. The delegates
were also given a tour of Dior’s headquarters as well as informative lectures on the maison’s
culture and history by the CEO, Sidney Toledano, and the Archivist, Soizic Pfaff.

This trip also gave the Raffles Fashion Designers the rare opportunity to interact with couture designers and other students who share the same passion and talent in fashion design. At the workshop, they met designers from other LVMH houses such as Louis Vuitton and Celine, who shared their experience with the students. The highly anticipated event of the Paris trip was undoubtedly the couture show, which took place at the Musée Rodin. Although the students had a sneak peek of the collection at the workshop earlier, they were still excited to see the completed haute couture, accentuated with exquisite accessories, on the runway.

“This is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience!” Xu Yingjin exclaimed. “The show is spectacular. I think
this Paris trip will have a huge influence on me and my design.”

The Raffles Fashion Designers could hardly conceal their undeniable excitement. Fu Yuji expressed his desire to become a top designer in the future. “Of course, I need to study harder to achieve that,” he said.

Wu Die realised the importance of English when she communicated with students from other schools. “Everybody is communicating in English. A designer needs to express a concept effectively in English. As a design student, it is crucial to master a foreign language.”

From Dior’s perspective, the point of this grand gesture was to share the passion and savoir‐faire of haute couture to a new generation of would‐be fashion designers. The exclusive invitation by Dior has proven Raffles Shanghai’s standing in the industry. This is another successful milestone of the school’s strong partnership with the industry to groom students into leaders of tomorrow. Raffles Shanghai will continue to excel and strive to nurture more new design talents for China’s fashion industry.