SINGAPORE is aiming to become a “global schoolhouse” offering a broad range of learning opportunities, both traditional and online, from post-graduate industrial design programmes to niche broadcast, animation and culinary courses.
The city-state is on track to achieve its target of attracting at least 10 world-class educational institutions by 2008. At full capacity, these 10 institutions will generate more than 1,100 students for masters and doctoral degrees and educate more than 9,000 executives yearly.
Singapore has allied itself with world-class universities – including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins, INSEAD and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business – to set up extension campuses.
Last year the German Institute of Science and Technology established a joint masters of science in industrial chemistry with the National University of Singapore; while China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong established a graduate school at the Nanyang Technological University. – AFP