EDUCATION & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES In Singapore

An Expert's View about Educational Support Services in Singapore

Posted on: 21 Sep 2010

Singapore government places high importance to education, training and skill development. Opportunities flow through degree programmes or collaborations with UK universities and the Singapore polytechnics.

Sector briefing EDUCATION & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES In Singapore Why Singapore? Education is the second largest item in the Singapore's budget (after defence). Expenditure on education for the fiscal year 2010 was about S$8.7billion (approximately 20% of total Government spending). Singapore is a small island city with a total population of population 4.99 million. Singapore remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world - this rate of GDP is comparable to that of the Scandinavian countries. Singapore government places high importance to education, training and skill development There are more than 6000 multi-national corporations (MNCs) in Singapore, some of which are numbered among the 700 or so British companies in Singapore. Find general information on the conditions of the Singapore market on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Singapore gives an overview of Singapore?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore Opportunities 3) FutureSchools @ Singapore ? Is one of the Opportunities flow through degree programmes major projects by the Infocomm or collaborations with UK universities and the Development Authority (www.ida.gov.sg) Singapore polytechnics in niche areas like and the Ministry of Education biomedical science, media studies - digital (www.moe.edu.sg). This is in line with the animation, film studies, hospitality and Intelligent Nation 2015 target and this tourism, sports, retail, culinary science and project would have opportunities for early childhood education. More polytechnics Education ICT resource suppliers to provide are tying up with foreign schools to broaden their products and expertise. There are their reach of higher education, under the currently 6 FutureSchools@Singapore and Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institution the plan is for up to 15 schools. Initiative (Poly-FSI). (http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/press/files/200 4) Joint collaborations - 9/05/tertiary-landscape-annex-a.pdf) (i) Many of the local distributors of learning For niche areas as mentioned in point 1, it software are looking for joint collaboration could also be with private educational partners in areas like development of institutions like the Management Development content for the Singapore market; language Institute of Singapore (www.mdis.edu.sg) as translation for third markets e.g. China, for well as specialised schools like the Digital distribution both in Singapore and the UK. Media Academy (www.digitalmediahub.org) and the Singapore Sports School (www.sportsschool.edu.sg). (ii) Many Private Educational Organisations Continuing Education - Workforce Development have links or have branches set up in Agency, together with Ministry of Manpower countries like China, Vietnam and other and the various industry groups identified parts of Asia. There are opportunities for about 20 sectors whereby there is a need for a UK companies to work with these Singapore rd Continuing Education and Training framework. companies in these 3 markets or to tap in their links. These Workskills Quality Frameworks are been modelled according to UK's sector skills / 5) (i) International Schools catering for the NVQs. Some of the sectors identified were pre-primary up to diploma level. ICT; Biomedical Services - including (ii) Tertiary Education - Universities pharmaceutical manufacturing and medical (iii) Executive Education - specialised instrumentation; Logistics; Process Engineering institutions - focus on the chemical sectors ? e.g. engineering in the aspects of repair of chemical plants and maintenance and Creative industries. Please see If you have any questions on the opportunities (http://wsq.wda.gov.sg/) above, please contact the UKTI named in this report. Business opportunities aimed 1) ICT - One of the priorities for IT in specifically at UK companies are added daily to education is to provide access to an IT- UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our enriched school environment for every staff overseas in the British Embassies, High child. All the schools in Singapore are Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors already using IT as a resource. Therefore and in over 100 markets. there is always a constant demand for learning software in all subjects? at all You can be alerted to business opportunities on educational levels. a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business 2) A study with the Ministry of Education and opportunities service on the UKTI website some schools revealed that British products are generally favoured because of the quality and high standards of English. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore Major events and activities UKTI contacts Elsie Yim National Child Education & Conference Trade & Investment Attaché 2010 British High Commission, Singapore 30 May ? 1 June 2010 Tel: (65) 64244325 www.nationalchildeducation.com Email: elsie.yim@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Multiple Intelligence ? World Symposium 3 -4 June 2010 Sarah Croft www.econference.com British High Commission, Singapore Tel: (65) 64244302 Find full details of all events in this Email: sarah.croft@fco.gov.uk country and sector on the UKTI website. www.uktii.gov.uk New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Singapore market are advised you to meet contacts and promote your to undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Singapore, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training Opportunities in Singapore
Posted: 21 September 2010

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