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Study in Singapore

It may be small, but in the realms of higher education and research, Singapore is a big hitter. If you’re thinking about pursuing study in Singapore, read on to find out everything you need to know to get started on your Southeast Asian journey.

A whole series of global reports have recognized Singapore as a world leader in research and innovation over the past few decades. In recent years, it’s been ranked seventh in the 2014 INSEAD Global Innovation Index, third in IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Rankings and second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-15.

Within this context of global competitiveness and innovation, universities in Singapore are also gaining growing recognition, as Asian nations more generally strengthen their position in the global education market. Singapore’s two leading universities are now both ranked within the world’s top 15, and the city itself is ranked 15th in the QS Best Student Cities 2015, reflecting its combination of educational excellence, high quality of life, and diverse student community.

Fast Facts

  • Official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil, with over 75% of the population fluent in English.
  • Made up of over 60 islands, of which the biggest is Singapore Island, also known as Pulau Ujong.
  • Population: about 5.5 million, of which 62% are citizens and 38% are permanent residents or foreign workers and students.
  • Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • International dialing code: +65
  • Currency: Singapore dollar (SGD/S$)
  • Time zone: Singapore Standard Time (UTC +8)
  • Singapore was founded by Britain in 1819, gained independence in 1963, became part of Malaysia the same year and finally separated into an independent state in 1965.
  • Parliamentary republic with unicameral legislature, meaning just one legislative chamber.
  • The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-governance was granted in 1959.
  • Head of state is the President, a largely ceremonial role.
  • Leader of government is the Prime Minister.
  • Around the same size as Fresno, California, but has a population of approximately 10 times larger.
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