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Singapore's growing popularity for college education

Known for its orientation on high quality, relevant courses across a wide variety of areas and safe society Singapore is emerging as one of the best study destinations in Asia.

Within the context of global competitiveness and innovation, universities in Singapore are also gaining recognition. Singapore has 34 universities, of which six are national universities. Two among those, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are ranked within the world's top 15, and Singapore is ranked 6th in the QS Best Student Cities 2016.

Singaporean universities regularly collaborate with the leading universities in other countries. These collaborations and connections contribute to the overall quality of education offered to the students. Another positive factor for international students who choose to study in Singapore.

Cost of Living in Singapore
One of the reasons which make Singapore a favourite destination for international students is the affordability. The city offers an affordable cost of studying, with an average pay around of S$ 14,000 per year for tuition fees. This also depends on the institution and course.

Here is the list of Singapore's six national universities to choose from.

National University of Singapore's Cultural Centre. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

National University of Singapore (NUS)
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the oldest and largest university in the city-state; with the most number of enrollees and curriculum. With 50,000 students and staff, NUS is the ideal living laboratory for the exploration of design, development and testing of innovative big data applications and solutions; advancing Singapore's Smart Nation Initiative.

Contact information:
21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077
Telephone no +65 6516 6666

The Administration Block of the Singapore Management University. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Singapore Management University (SMU)
Singapore Management University (SMU) is the first private university to receive funding from the local government. It received its accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its undergraduate and postgraduate business and accounting programs. The university offers Business Management, Economics, Social Sciences, Economics, Accountancy, Information Systems Management, and Law.

Contact information:
81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065
Telephone no +65 6828 0980

Administration Building of the Nanyang Technological University. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is one of the two largest public universities in Singapore and was established in the year 1991. NTU is in partnership with other institutions around the world such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University in California, and Cornell University; an Ivy-league in New York.

Contact information:
50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798
Telephone no +65 6790 5806, 6790 5807

A view of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is the fourth autonomous university to be established in Singapore. The mission of the university is to advance knowledge and nurture technically grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs. At SUTD, design as a discipline cuts across the curriculum and provides a novel framework for the research and educational programmes.

Contact information:
8 Somapah Rd, Singapore 487372
Telephone no +65 6303 6600

Singapore Institute of Technology. Photo courtesy: FB page of SIT

Singapore Institute of Technology
The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore's fifth autonomous university. Established in 2009, the university primarily caters to local polytechnic graduates who desire to pursue a bachelor's degree. The university remains a popular choice for polytechnic graduates and it is known for offering practice-oriented and industry-focused degrees in Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Food Technology, Infocomm Technology, Health and Social Sciences.

Contact Information
20 Dover Drive, 138682, Singapore 138682
Phone: +65 6592 1189

Students during the Service-learning fair 2016, SIM University. Photo courtesy: FB page of SIM University

SIM University (UniSIM)
SIM University (UniSIM) is a publicly-funded private university in Singapore, with future plans to become Singapore's sixth autonomous university. It was established in 2005 and is managed separately from the SIM Global Education arm of the Singapore Institute of Management Group. Previously, SIM university only admitted part-time students but began to offer publicly-funded university places in 2014.

Contact information:
461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491

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