Tag Archives: Foreign Students

Foreign Students Made To Feel More Important Than Local Students?

The recent online debate about how foreign students are perceived to receive much more aid in terms of their education in Singapore than Singaporeans themselves had the government scrambling with their PR machinery, first inducing the POFMA to Lim Tean who first made the claim, and then the government acting by announcing more bursary and aid to local students from next year onwards. It is clear that such issues resonates with Singaporeans, and thus, the government had to act fast.

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FOREIGN NTU STUDENT FEELS ALONE AND HELPLESS

My uni life have just begun for a few months but I feel excluded. Hall people, seniors, exchange students all have their own clique, meanwhile I'm neither here nor there. I remained positive and socialize with anyone I happen to see everyday nonetheless. It is until recently that I fell sick, then i realized how lonely and helpless I am.

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FEWER FOREIGN STUDENTS TURNING TO SG FOR STUDIES, PRIVATE EDUCATION IN DECLINE

In 2012, there were 100,000 locals and 35,000 foreign students studying in private schools in Singapore. By 2015, the number has fallen to 77,000 locals and 29,000 foreigners. In 2016, Singapore saw the closure of 25 private schools due to fewer foreign students coming in to fill enrollment numbers. The Committee For Private Education (CPE) says a total of 42 schools were de-registered in 2015 and 2016 alone.

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PAP LIED ABOUT THE PERCENTAGE OF FOREIGN STUDENTS IN LOCAL UNI NUS AND NTU

Out of 100 Singaporeans qualified for university, 35 have been deprived of places and given to foreign students. The PAP misrepresented by saying 20% are foreign students. The latest university ranking exercise by London-based Times Higher Education (THE) has raised questions about the exact composition of local and international students in Singapore universities....

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REAL PROPORTION OF FOREIGN STUDENTS IN NUS & NTU: 21% OR 34%?

The vast majority of university places have gone to Singaporeans. In AY2012, Singaporean students comprised 79%, while International Students and Permanent Residents comprised 16% and 5% of the universities’ intake respectively.” However, the percentage of international students is 34 and 33 per cent for NUS and NTU respectively, according to the Times Higher Education Rankings. Presumably, these statistics were provided by the universities? So, why are they so much higher than the 21 per cent in the Parliamentary reply?

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UK ENACTS TOUGH ANTI-FOREIGN STUDENT LAWS, WHY NOT S’PORE?

I read today from The Independent about a new law in the UK which bans foreign students from taking up jobs in the country - in other words these foreigners must go home immediately after they complete their studies in the UK and not use their studies as a backdoor to find employment. Why can't Singapore do the same? Look at the rate that the Singapore government is giving big subsidies to foreign students, all at the expense of more deserving locals! Do you really think some Ah Tiong from China who can barely speak English deserves our tax payers' money more than our own local born and bred Singaporean children?

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