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How to become a pilot in Singapore through 3 different routes

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The job of an airline pilot is no doubt extremely rewarding, exciting and glamorous. But what is the procedure to become a pilot in Singapore? As far as the job of a pilot is concerned, it is much more than simply submitting a resume and getting a job offer one fine morning. Apart from fulfilling certain mandatory requirements, an aspirant has to work hard and possess a lot of dedication. Today, the world faces a shortage of pilots. Part of this owes itself to the pandemic, but also to many other factors. These include the uptake in air travel across the years as well as mandatory retirement for senior pilots (typically around 60+ years of age worldwide). In Singapore, you can either be an RSAF (Republic of Singapore Air Force) pilot or a commercial pilot. However, it has been seen that a number of RSAF pilots join as commercial pilots for Singapore Airlines following their retirement from the RSAF.  Let us see the procedures.

Things to know about Becoming an RSAF pilot

There are three pilot streams open to you if you join the RSAF. These are:
  1. The Fighter pilot stream
2) The Helicopter pilot stream 3) The Transport pilot stream The basic requirements to become a pilot with the Singapore Military Air Force include the following. Most of these also apply for commercial pilot cadets:
  • One must be a Singapore Permanent Resident or a Singapore Citizen aged 18 years or above
  • The aspirant should possess a complete GCE ‘A’ Level Certification/IB Certificate or a relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Medical fitness (Physical Employment Status A or B)
  • Eyesight correctable to 6/6 vision, not over 600 degrees for each eye
  • Normal colour vision with no significant deficiencies of the eye
  • Astigmatism not over 200 degrees for each eye
  • Height should vary from 1.62m to 1.90m
All who join RSAF as trainee pilots are required to sign a contract or bond of 10 years and have the provision for working until they are 50 years of age. The starting salary for cadets is SGD $2,420, and on obtaining Wings, pilots can earn up to around SGD $3,500. Extra benefits include flying allowances and pilot allowances. Within 10 years, a pilot attaining the Captain or Major rank can draw a salary of more than SGD $10,000 per month. Again, a senior pilot of the rank of LTC can receive over SGD $15,000 in salary per month (depending on aircraft flown and number of hours flown). RSAF pilots are automatically under the Enhanced Officers Scheme, which provides flexible benefits (in the form of credits), lifestyle benefits and more. Disclaimer: Figures provided above are ballpark estimates as salaries are often adjusted
Selection Process
To become an RSAF pilot, the candidate has to go through a rigorous selection process involving three stages. The first stage involves the 5-hour Computerized Aptitude Selection System (COMPASS) test, which evaluates areas such as spatial awareness, multitasking under stress, psycho-motor skills and decision-making ability. pilot-process Candidates who are successful in the COMPASS test have to go through the second stage, which involves an interview with the Pilot Selection Board, comprising a panel of around 4 RSAF officers. The main aspects assessed in the interview include leadership qualities and the candidate’s interest in becoming an RSAF pilot. The last stage of the selection process includes an aeromedical checkup, wherein the candidate’s medical fitness, along with the capability of functioning in unnatural surroundings, is evaluated by aviation doctors. Upon qualifying for all these levels, the candidate gets selected and begins BMT (Basic Military Training).

Here is the training breakdown:

Basic Military Training 9 weeks Air Grading (Jandakot, Australia) 2 months Common Leadership Module (SAFTI MI) 2 weeks Air Force Service Term (SAFTI MI) 7 weeks Jungle Orientation Training 2 weeks Aviation Ground School (AFTC) 3 months Basic Wing Course (Pearce, Australia) 6-9 months Advanced Flying Course (Canada/France/Italy/USA/Singapore) Up to 15 months

Recommendations
Joining the SYFC (Singapore Youth Flying Club) is highly recommended for those who aspire to become RSAF pilots. You can become a part of SYFC while you are still at school, and this can replace your obligatory CCA in school. The SYFC has close connections with the RSAF, and if a student manages to obtain a private pilot’s license, the road to becoming a pilot becomes easier.  

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Enquire for ALL A Singaporean male student has to enrol in National Service following completion of pre-tertiary studies. RSAF recruitment talks are carried out during the initial three months of BMT. If your dream is to become an RSAF pilot, grab the opportunity and talk to the recruiters about this! For those who successfully enlist as an RSAF pilot, do try applying for the SAF-Merit Scholarship! It’s available to both locals and PRs and will cover your tuition fees for up to 4 years as well as provide you with a monthly salary throughout, among others. Competition is tough, but there’s no harm in trying. right? Check the details out here! pilot - Singapore

Procedure for Becoming a Commercial Pilot

The RSAF is undoubtedly the first choice for those aspiring to become a pilot in Singapore. However, if you fail to qualify for the RSAF, there are indeed chances of becoming a commercial pilot. First of all, you need to get a medical examination scheduled with a selected medical examiner. Following this, you are required to apply for a Student Pilot License offered by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). After this, an application can be made to join some of the flight schools present in Singapore, such as the Singapore Flying College or the Seletar Flight School. One can get trained for joining the Singapore Airlines Group (if you are a successful candidate with SIA (Singapore Airlines/Scoot), your training is fully funded). With the help of a Commercial Pilot License, one can become the co-pilot and the Pilot In Command of a multi-crew aircraft and single-crew aircraft, respectively. The required criteria are the following (generally):
  • The applicant’s age must be 18 years or more.
  • Class I/II Medical Requirements must be met
  • It is mandatory for the applicant to demonstrate the capability of understanding and speaking English to a minimum of Level 4 (Operational Level) as per guidelines laid down by the Language Proficiency Rating Scale of ICAO.
However, it should be noted that job openings for commercial pilots are very rare in Singapore. Moreover, when it comes to commercial pilot recruitment, there are a number of applicants who are RSAF retirees. Since they are already trained and have accumulated extensive flight time, their chances of getting hired are really high. Note: Aspiring Singaporean female pilots, there is a scholarship from Revion Training School that you can apply for to help defray expenses! (caveat: it is only tenable with Revion Training School). It covers tuition fees, CAAS Examination fees, ATPL iBooks as well as a navigation computer. We’re not sure if it’s only a one-time thing, so do check back regularly!
Going private
If you want to fly an aeroplane badly but have exhausted the above 2 options to no avail,  consider taking a private pilot license instead. The downside is that you will not be able to bring a hundred people with you to the sky. If a commercial pilot is a bus captain, then a private pilot is a car driver. Okay, not exactly the best analogy… but you get the idea. co-pilot With a PPL or Private Pilot License, the holder can fly as the co-pilot or the PIC (Pilot in Command) of an aircraft registered in Singapore, not for reward or hire, but for the aircraft categories which the license endorses. The following criteria must be met by the applicants:
  • The applicant’s age must not be below 17 years.
  • The applicant must conform to Class 2 Medical Requirements. If the applicant desires a PPL along with Instrument Rating, he or she must conform to a Class 1 Medical Requirement
  • Level 4 English speaking and understanding ability as per ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale is required
  • complete an approved flight training programme that meets the minimum flying experience requirements; and pass the flight test
You can also obtain a Recreational Pilot License (RPL) by taking a Recreational Pilot Certificate course. You’ll learn how to fly a Light Sports Aircraft, with the hours in the LSA counting towards the PPL and CPL. The RPL can also be taken at a younger age, as in-aircraft flight training can commence from 14 years old. So, if you are a student aspiring to fly high in the sky while taking the responsibility of guiding others to their destination, it’s time to get your pilot’s license. The RSAF is the most coveted opportunity, but if, unluckily, you didn’t manage to make it, do not despair. You can always fly high by becoming a commercial or a private pilot.  

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16 digital marketing courses in Singapore to help you break into the hottest industry of the decade

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Overwhelmed by the sheer number of digital marketing courses and not sure how to choose one? Check out our course selection tool and simply answer 3 simple questions!

 

What’s with the hype surrounding digital marketing courses in Singapore in recent years? And everywhere else, for that matter?

As digital transformation accelerates in Singapore, the need for digital skills will only continue to grow.

Curious how much digital marketing professionals earn? Based on The 2022 Hays Asia Salary Guide[ii], digital marketers in Singapore command the following*:

Role:

Salary Range:

Digital/Online Marketing Manager

80 – 120k

Digital Communication/ Content Manager

80 – 120k

Digital Acquisition/ Performance

80 – 130k

Head of Digital

140 – 200k

Head of eCommerce

140 – 200k

*These figures are not conclusive and should only be taken as a guide

If you’re looking to start your stable of digital skills with digital marketing, here’s a starter course list with the information you need to begin your search. Do note that some information, such as fees, may change yearly and are updated regularly! All information is up to date as of October 2022.

[i] https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/salesforceresearch/viz/DigitalSkillsIndex/CountryDB

[ii] https://www.hays.com.sg/salary-guide

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Short courses

1. Equinet Academy – Various short digital marketing courses

Equinet Academy was established in Singapore in 2013. Specialised in providing bite-sized Digital Marketing courses, the academy has equipped thousands of marketing professionals in Singapore and Southeast Asia with applicable digital marketing skills.

Programme Duration: 2-day digital marketing courses ranging from Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Marketing, Digital Advertising, to Email Marketing and Web Analytics.

Accreditation: Equinet Academy is a WSQ Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in the Infocomm Technology (SF) WSQ framework.

Curriculum: Equinet Academy’s courses incorporate bite-sized modules and apply instructional design methodologies to enhance learning and retention. Gain a fundamental overview of various digital marketing channels and disciplines starting from the Digital Marketing Strategy course. Progress to specialised digital marketing channels including Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Marketing, and Email Marketing.

Course Fees: SGD 950.16 (from $328.56 after up to 70% SkillsFuture Funding)

Prospects: Equinet Academy’s trainers and curriculum developers are industry experts with over a decade of experience in digital marketing. Rest assured you’ll be acquiring digital marketing skills and obtaining digital marketing knowledge that’s transferable and applicable to the workplace.

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2. Singapore Institute of Retail Studies – Introduction to Digital Marketing

The Singapore Institute of Retail Studies has over 16 years of experience training retails professionals and those keen on careers in retail. The Introduction to Digital Marketing course is available as an online or face-to-face programme — do check back with the Institute for the exact dates.

Programme duration: 1 day, with break in-between (9am–12pm, 2–6pm)

Accreditation: Singapore Institute of Retail Studies is Singapore’s first Continuing Education and Training (CET) Institute, and the anchor training provider for the Retail industry (as appointed by SkillsFuture Singapore).

Curriculum: Covers a basic overview of digital marketing, why it is important, types of digital marketing, and the basics of SEO and SEM

Course Fees: SGD 25.41–67.41 for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents with relevant funding. The full course fee is SGD 224.70. This course is SkillsFuture Credit claimable, and self-sponsored individuals can also tap on the NTUC UTAP programme.

3. Singapore Management University – Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing

Known for its American-style, project-based education, SMU focuses on business and administration studies. Established in 2000, with a campus located in downtown Singapore, the university comprises seven schools (College of Integrative Studies’, as well as the Schools of Social Sciences, Law, Business Administration, Accountancy, Computing & Information Systems, and Economics) offering a wide range of undergrad and postgraduate programmes. The Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing is taught by industry practitioners.

Programme duration: 6 modules, each conducted over 2 consecutive evenings and 1 full day

Curriculum: Modules are 1) Social Media Marketing, 2) Search Engine Marketing, 3) Creating and Curating Display Content In Your Digital Strategy, 4) Creating and Curating Video Content In Your Digital Strategy, 5) Persuasive Copywriting In Your Digital Strategy and 6) Building A WordPress Site For Conversion.

Course fees: SGD 10,272. Students under/eligible for various SSG funding schemes may be able to subsidize up to 95% of course fees.

Prospects: You will acquire skills on how to use digital marketing tools that aid you in your SEM and Social Media Marketing, and learn how to craft compelling content that engages and sells. This Professional Certificate is also part of the Professional Certificate in E-Commerce.

4. Marketing Institute of Singapore – Integrated Digital Marketing Strategies

The Integrated Digital Marketing Strategies workshop is taught by an industry practitioner with over two decades of marketing and consulting experience. It is an intermediate-level program that will explore digital marketing from a local and regional lens, and the issues and challenges digital marketers will face. This workshop is for marketing managers, marketing directors, CMOs, account directors, planners, and anyone keen on digital marketing.

This course also offers the virtual learning option. 

Programme duration: 2 days (9am–5pm)

Accreditation: MIS is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1973. It is also Singapore’s National Body for Sales and Marketing.

Curriculum: The course will provide an introduction to the digital marketing landscape, insights to the consumer journey and consumer behaviour, digital marketing channels, campaign tracking and optimisation, programmatic media buying, click fraud, media planning and more.

Course Fees: SGD 805.00 (MIS members enjoy 10% off). The course is SkillsFuture Credit, eligible and students get to enjoy a 10% discount when at least 8 participants register together.

Prospects: A better understanding of the digital marketing landscape.

Diplomas

1. Lithan Academy – Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing

Lithan Academy is an accredited training organization endorsed by various government agencies under Singapore’s ministry of education who have served over 50,000 learners and 2000 enterprises with an above 90% completion rate.

Awards: 
- Microsoft Global Learning Partner of the Year Award (Top 3) in 2018
- Asia’s Pearson’s College of the Year (Bronze) Award in 2019
- APAC CIO’s Top 10 Edutech Solution Provider Award in 2020.

Accreditation: 
Edutrust certified by Committee for Private Education (CPE) Singapore
- Appointed as CET Centre (Continuous Education) by SkillsFuture Singapore
- Accredited international training centers for Pearson UK.

Programme Duration: Part-time (9 months), Full-time (3 months)

Curriculum: Students will, in this diploma, learn the fundamentals of marketing tools such as Google Analytics and AdWords, and various other digital marketing concepts. By the end, you can expect to be able to set up and run Pay per Click (PPC) campaigns in AdWords and Facebook campaigns (amongst other skills)!

Course Fees: SGD 1,573.00-4,173.00 excluding misc. fees; the course is eligible for SSG funding . Do note that you must be aged 21 and above to enrol in this course.

Job Placement Assistance :  Help 500 locals (Singaporeans & PRs) found their dream careers every year.

Prospects: Working with more than 50 hiring employers at any point in time, Lithan Academy will connect you with the right employer to secure your first digital marketing job. You can anticipate interviews with prospective employers as a Digital Marketing Specialist.

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The Diploma in Business Practice (Digital Marketing and Branding) aims to help students understand the changes that’ve taken place in the consumer decision-making process, acquire audio-visual content creation knowledge, learn how to analyse various kinds of data that will help in their digital marketing campaigns, and more.

Accreditation: NA

Programme duration: 2.5 years, with classes held online thrice weekly in the evenings. There will also be some in-person sessions.

Curriculum: The diploma comprises 5 modular certificates in Digital Marketing, Digital Communication and Engagement, Visual Storytelling for Production and Design, Business Operations, and Digital Business

Course Fees: SGD 1,693.80–2,503.80 for Singaporeans, SGD 1,693.80–6,741.00 for Permanent Residents, SGD 16,756.20 for other students. Course fees can be offset with SkillsFuture Credit.

Prospects: Graduates will be able to take on executive roles in the fields or functions of sales and marketing, digital marketing, branding, e-commerce, and social media. 

3. Temasek PolytechnicSpecialist Diploma in Digital Marketing & Communication Management

This Specialist Diploma, jointly awarded by Temasek Polytechnic and SMU Academy (the professional training arm of Singapore Management University), aims to impart skill sets transferable across numerous industries. Upon completion, students will be able to devise digital marketing and communication strategies as well as content, execute campaigns, manage mobile commerce activities and more.

Accreditation: NA

Programme duration: Part-time (1 year). The latest run commenced during October 2022.

Curriculum: Comprises the PDC in Digital Marketing & Communication taught by Temasek Polytechnic, and another PDC taught by SMU Academy. 3 modules are covered in TP’s PDC (Customer Engagement, Digital Content Management, as well as an Integrated Project), and 4 modules under SMU’s PDC (Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Foundations of Brand Storytelling, as well as Business Storytelling Studio).

Course fees: For Temasek Polytechnic’s PDC, students will have to pay SGD 436.56 for Singaporeans aged 40 and below, and SGD 295.32 for Singaporeans above 40. Permanent residents will pay SGD 1,155.60. Those under relevant schemes pay a reduced fee of as low as SGD 304.56. The PDC is SkillsFuture Credit claimable.

Prospects: Course finishers can look forward to expanded job scopes, and increasing their mastery through higher-level Digital Marketing related programmes.

4. Singapore University of Social Sciences – Graduate Diploma in Digital Marketing

Delivered by faculty and industry experts, the Graduate Diploma in Digital Marketing is for mid-career marketing professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in digital marketing. The programme takes in students twice yearly during January and July respectively.

Interested applicants should have an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised institution. The Graduate Diploma is a credit-bearing stackable programme; course finishers can proceed to take the Master of Digital Marketing if they desire.

Accreditation: NA

Programme duration: Part-time, 1 year (lessons are held on weekends or on weekdays, from 7pm-10pm)

Curriculum: Each module is worth either 5 credit units (cu) or 2.5 credit units, and students are expected to complete 30cu of coursework. The modules available are Digital Branding, Digital Marketing Analytics, Platform Strategy, Marketing Engineering, Search Engine Optimization, Consumer Insights with Google Analytics, Social Media Marketing in Practice,  Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Search Engine Marketing as well as Smartphone Filmmaking and Visual Storytelling.

Course fees: SGD 14,124 for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, SGD 16,948.80 for other Singapore-based students. The programme is currently not open to International students.


Prospects: Diploma graduates can expect to take up roles in e-commerce and digital marketing, or progress to managerial positions.

5. Singapore Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Digital Marketing & Analytics

Singapore Polytechnic is Singapore’s oldest polytechnic, and its Specialist Diploma in Digital Marketing & Analytics is open to working adults with a relevant Diploma or/and Degree qualification. The course harnesses the combined expertise of three of its schools—the School of Business, the School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT), and the School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) — to offer a comprehensive curriculum.

Programme duration: Part-time basis, 1 year

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: This Specialist Diploma comprises 6 modules contained within the Digital Marketing Strategies & Analytics Post Diploma Certificate (PDC) and the Social Media Marketing & Analytics PDC. They are:

  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals
  • Digital Marketing Strategies
  • Digital Analytics
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Content Development
  • Social Media Analytics

Course fees: SGD $1,112.27 for Singapore citizens below 40 and SGD $ 741.51 for those aged 40 and above. The course is eligible for the Workforce Training Support (WTS) Scheme and Enhanced Training Support for SME Scheme (ETSS). The course is also SkillsFuture credit eligible.

Prospects: Graduates of this specialist diploma will gain skills in areas such as B2B and B2C marketing, digital media buying and social media crisis management, putting them in good stead for roles in Digital Marketing, Content Strategy and more.

6. PSB Academy – Diploma in Business Administration (Digital Marketing)

PSB Academy’s Diploma in Business Administration (Digital Marketing) is taught at their Marina Square campus, which is conveniently accessible by public transport. The course covers content ranging from paid search engine advertising to social media marketing, and students will also graduate with the Google Analytics certificate.

Programme duration: Full-time and part-time (12 months, with a maximum candidature of 24 months)

Accreditation: PSB Academy is registered with CPE

Curriculum: 9 modules, consisting of Business Decision Making, Digital Marketing Strategy, Digital Engagement and Loyalty, Digital Analytics and more

Course fees: S$6,762.40 (full-time, local admissions), S$5,820.80 (part-time, local admissions), S$11,812.80 (full-time, international admissions). Excludes misc. fees

Prospects: Completion of this diploma will equip you with the skills needed to take up roles such as Social Media Manager, Digital Marketing Manager, and so on. You will also find these skills transferable across various business functions.

Degrees

1. Singapore Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Science with Honours in Digital Communications and Integrated Media

SIT’s degree focuses on three core areas: Digital Web Analytics, Integrated Media

Management, and Digital Media Production. The program’s industry advisory committee includes industry veterans who have worked in HBO, SPH, and more, with highlight modules covering topics such as Social Media Analytics, and Digital Advertising, Branding, & Campaigning. It culminates in an eight-week Integrated Work-Study Programme that helps you apply what you’ve learnt. Do note that you will be required to submit a media portfolio as part of your application. 

Programme duration: 3 years (full-time)

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: Modules such as Marketing Communications in the Digital World, Digital Innovations for Integrated Media, Web Metrics with Analytics Platform, Predictive Analytics, Project Management for Creative Industries, and more

Course Fees: SGD 22,500 for Singaporeans, SGD 47,160 for Permanent Residents, SGD 63,558.00 for International students

[GN1]https://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/undergraduate-programmes/digital-communications-and-integrated-media

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Online Courses

1. London Business School – Mastering Digital Marketing: SEM, SEO, Social Media and Beyond programme

The London Business School was founded in 1964. A constituent college of the federal University of London, it ranks second in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2021 and has achieved the AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accreditations. Their Digital Marketing Programme caters to everyone ranging from non-marketing professionals looking to enter the industry, to traditional marketers. Classes will be taught via a blend of video lectures and live teaching sessions, case studies, peer learning, as well as weekly marketing simulations.

Programme Duration: 3 months, online (6-8 hours/week)

Accreditation: You will graduate with a London Business School certificate of completion.

Curriculum: The programme has a total of 10 modules, covering content marketing, SEO, organic and paid search marketing, mobile app marketing, social media marketing, personalisation marketing as well as omnichannel marketing and strategies.

Course Fees: £2,250 (approx SGD 3,957), with early registration fees available. GST will be charged.

Prospects: Course takers will also be able to meet course mates from around the world and build their peer networks. They can also go on to take 3 other short courses (2 must be taken on campus) to be awarded the Certificate of Management.

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2. SIM Global Education – Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing

SIM GE’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing is a 100%-online course. There are 6 intakes yearly and candidates must hold a degree from a recognised university; alternatively, SIM GE also welcomes diploma holders (or those with equivalent qualifications) aged 30 and above with at least 8 years of working experience to apply. During their studies, students can avail of one-to-one support provided.

Programme duration: 24 weeks (8 months part-time)

Accreditation: SIM GE is EduTrust certified

Curriculum: 4 modules, each 6 weeks long. Each module will comprises 6 scheduled learning sessions, with each session consisting an hour of scheduled online teaching and 4 hours of online group and individual activities.

Course Fees: Please enquire directly with SIM GE

ProspectsGraduates will acquire strategic and data-driven understanding to thrive in a digital marketing landscape.

3. Monash University – Digital Marketing Boot Camp

Monash University is a member of the Australian Group of Eight network. The University offers the Digital Marketing Boot Camp online, which covers the fundamental concepts of digital marketing in the areas of marketing strategy, campaign and website optimisation as well as advertising and data automation.

Programme duration: 18 weeks (classes held thrice weekly)

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: The course covers topics such as lead generation, WordPress, Display Advertising, Customer Relationship Management and more

Course Fees: Please enquire directly with Monash

Prospects: This course also counts towards academic credit for individuals accepted into Monash University’s online Master of Marketing and Digital Communications, or the on-campus Master of Business.

4. RMIT Online – Content and Social Media Marketing

RMIT Online’s courses are offered by RMIT University, one of Australia’s top public universities (ranked =190 and 301–350 in the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education University Rankings for 2023 respectively). The Content and Social Media Marketing course aims to help entrepreneurs, small to medium business owners, and junior marketers upskill and graduate knowing how to create a comprehensive content and social media marketing plan and calendar. 

Programme duration: 6 weeks (8 –10 hours weekly)

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: 6 modules, including an introductory module and a final year project. Module topics include content Ideation, email and web content distribution, and social content distribution

Course Fees: AUD 1,200 (approx. SGD 1074.98)

Prospects: You will earn an RMIT credential. Students will also have access to a learning support team providing 1:1 feedback from industry mentors who hail from organisations such as HubSpot and Merkle.

5. Smartcademy – Intro to Digital Marketing

Smartcademy is a training provider offering courses in in-demand fields, with the goal of growing Singapore’s tech talent. All courses are beginner-friendly and 100% online (live webinars). The Intro to Digital Marketing course offers an extensive overview into the different elements of digital marketing, and is taught by industry practitioners. It will culminate in a capstone project that helps you reinforce your learnings.

Accreditation: NA

Programme duration: 8 lessons, each 3 hours long

Curriculum: The course covers the following topics: the Fundamentals, the Digital Channel Landscape, Organic & Paid Social Media, SEO, Content Marketing, SEM, Analytics and Measurement, CRM & Retention, App and Mobile Growth.

Course Fees: SGD 6,206 (full fee), up to 90% of course can be subsidised under the IBF Standards Training Scheme for eligible individuals. This course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.

Prospects: Smartcademy has industry placement assistance for its alumni, who also will gain access to alumni-only free webinars.

Bonus: Free videos

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*As of Oct 2022

Any burning questions about Digital Marketing? Do let us know by leaving us a comment below! We’ll be happy to assist. If you’re a school or organisation with great digital marketing courses we’ve yet to mention, do get in touch—we’d love to add you to the list!

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20 Data Science & Analytics Courses in Singapore that equip you with the hottest skills of 21st century

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Did you know? ‘Data Scientist’ was named the sexiest job of the 21st century by Harvard Business Review. Meanwhile, the very same article tells us that “demand has raced ahead of supply” and that the lack of data scientists “is becoming a serious constraint in some sectors.”

Two years ago, the Data Scientist came in 5th in LinkedIn's 2020 Emerging Jobs Report for Singapore. And with 2022 now upon us, it is still not too late to jump onto the data science bandwagon—education in Singapore certainly has! For this purpose, we’ve gathered the possible options to equip yourself with this skill in Singapore.

Ideally, competitive data science programmes should provide rigorous training in mathematics and statistics, as well as cutting-edge tools used in the industry. Most leading data scientists in the industry today have solid statistics, mathematics, computer science & even economics backgrounds (at the graduate level or above). After all, these are fields where you’re likely to get a strong foundation in quantitative skills.

However, a new breed of data science programmes has arisen globally. This is likely to keep pace with the growing industry demand, perhaps offering unique inter-disciplinary curriculums. Specifically, it is a combination of computer science, statistics, operations research, engineering, business insights & strategy.

Their name? Well, programmes which offer a similar skill-set to data science, but with a greater emphasis on business, usually fall under the title of ‘business analytics’ or just ‘analytics’. Here, we’ve added these programmes to the list to give you another point of view. Oh, and ‘Business intelligence’ is another keyword to look out for!

Without further ado, here's a list of data science offerings in Singapore:

  •  4-year honours degree
  • Collaboration between the Faculty of Science and the School of Computing within the Faculty of Science, jointly offered by the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability and Department of Mathematics
  • Recent programme; the first cohort started in AY2016/2017
  • First Data Science and Analytics Degree Programme in Singapore, with the option to specialise in Operations Research or/and Statistical Methodology.
  • Industry-driven capstone project
  • Modules in mathematics, statistics & computer science
  • Per Annum Tuition Fees (for AY2022/2023 only):
    • Citizens on MoE TG: S$8,200; PR on MoE TG: S$11,500
    • Int’l Students on MoE TG: S$17,550
    • Students not on MoE TG: S$38,200

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2. National University of Singapore –B.Sc. Business Analytics

  • 4-year honours degree
  • Offered by NUS’ School of Computing
  • Additional participation from Business School, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • First two years: inter-disciplinary curriculum—mathematics, statistics, accounting, marketing, economics, decision science, industrial & systems engineering, computer science, information systems
  • Years3 & 4: Electives such as in logistics, retailing, healthcare,
  • Per Annum Tuition Fees (for AY2022/2023 only):
  • Citizens on MoE TG: S$8,200; PR on MoE TG: S$11,500
  • Int’l Students on MoE TG: S$17,550
  • Students not on MoE TG: S$38,200

3. NTU – Bachelor of Business, Business Analytics specialisation

  • 3-year honours degree
  • Nanyang Business School—one of Asia’s top business schools
  • Specialisation starts from Year 2 of the bachelor’s degree.
  • Curriculum: business insights, data modelling, data management focus in business operations,
  • Tuition Fees per annum (2022/23 rate):
    • Citizens on MoE TG: S$9,400; PR on MoE TG: S$13,200
    • Int’l Students on MoE TG: S$20,100
    • Students not on MoE TG: S$36,830
  • Admits 60 students each year
  • Career opportunities: management & technology consulting, consumer analytics & marketing, supply chain management, risk management and business forecasting across industries (retail, hospitality, healthcare, finance)

4. James Cook University – Bachelor of Business, Business Intelligence & Information Systems major

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Curriculum: Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming, Web Design and Development, Information Processing and Management, Database Modelling, Collective Intelligence & Social Networks, e-Strategic Management, Data Mining, Information Security
  • Pre-requisites:
    • 12 years education OR JCU Singapore Foundation Programme
    • IELTS 6.0 OR TOEFL iBT 79 and above OR JCU ELP
  • Overall Tuition Fee (including GST, as of  2022):
    • Citizens/PR: S$57,264
    • International: S$59,832
  • Intakes in March, July, November
  • Target Careers: business analyst, e-business manager, information systems consultant, project manager

5. Amity Global Institute – Bachelor of Science Honours in Computer Science (Data Science)

  • Awarded by University of London
  • 3 years (Full time or part-time)
  • Curriculum: machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. Includes a final project.
  • Pre-requisites: Local polytechnic diploma in any field of study/2 H2 A-Levels passes and 1 H1 A-level pass with GP or KI/equivalent qualification. Mature students who are at least 30 years of age are also welcome and should have at least 8 years of working experience.
  • Fees: $63,500
  • SIM offers the Master of Science in Data Science awarded by the University of London.

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  • EduTrust PEI – registered with CPE
  • 4 months full-time OR 9 months part-time
  • Receive statements of attainment from SSG as well as a Diploma Certificate from Lithan Academy
  • Curriculum: Azure Machine Learning, Transact-SQL, ggplot2 and more
  • Full Programme Fee: S$1,278 – 5,778 depending on applicable grants and sponsorships
  • SSG funding for citizens/PR
  • Pre-requisites: 3 GCE A-Level passes or its equivalent + minimum 1-year experience in statistics or programming. Applicants should be 21 and above
  • Meant for existing IT professionals and non-IT professionals interested in Data Scientist careers
  • Job placement assistance available after graduation, helping 500 locals (Singaporeans & PRs) found their dream careers every year.
  • Target Job Role: Data Scientist

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2. Singapore Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Data Science

  • 1 year (part-time: 2 days a week, 3 hours each)
  • 2 certificates awarded: a Certificate in Fundamentals of Data Science and a Certificate in Data Analytics
  • Curriculum: 4 modules covering Statistics for Data Science, Programming for Data Science, Data Mining Techniques and Applied Statistical Methods
  • Geared towards working adults in sectors that require knowledge in Data Science, who possess a strong foundation in Math
  • Fees range from from S$612.61–5,932. depending on age, citizenship and applicable support schemes.
  • Requirements for admission: An engineering Diploma from a polytechnic in Singapore, or any Diploma/Degree from a poly/uni in Singapore (with a minimum grade in Math). Those with relevant work experience are also welcome to apply.

3. Nanyang Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Business & Big Data Analytics

  • 300 hours, with the number of classes per week dependent on the choices of the Post-Diplomas (PDCs) offered (applicants to choose 2 out of 3). 100% online for day classes, blended learning for night classes
  • Curriculum: Choose two out of 3 PDCs (Post-Diploma Certificate in Business Analytics/Post-Diploma Certificate in Big Data Analytics/Post-Diploma Certificate in Big Data Management)
  • Geared towards Business Intelligence (BI) practitioners and IT professionals
  • Fees start from S$370+ and can go up to S$7000+, depending on which PDCs are chosen and applicable support schemes/subsidies.
  • Requirements: A recognized bachelor degree (or higher), preferably in IT, Business, Engineering or Mathematics. Relevant polytechnic diploma graduates with at least 2 years’ related working experience, and working professionals with at least 5 years of relevant experience, would also be considered.

4. Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Diploma in Data Science

  • 3 years full-time
  • Curriculum: Programming, Data Science, Machine Learning, frameworks, and more. Curriculum includes a Capstone project, industry-driven data training, and a one-year Industry Kickstart Programme. It also includes exposure to national level competitions and the opportunity to pursue additional professional certifications
  • Students will be able to receive advanced standing for relevant programmes offered in local universities and overseas
  • Fees (AY 2022): S$3,000 for Singaporeans, S$6,200 for PRs, S$11,400 for international students

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Short courses

1.  Vertical Institute – Data Science Bootcamp/Data Analytics Bootcamp 

  • 21 hours long – 7 lessons of 3 hours each
  • Taught online via Zoom
  • 1 instructor and 2-3 teaching assistants
  • Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) accredited with industry-recognised certification
  • Classes conducted by leading experts from Google, Grab, Alibaba and more
  • Beginner-friendly, zero background knowledge required
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills to create a capstone project solving a real-world data problem
  • Bootcamps: Data Science | Data Analytic | UX design
  • Full course fee is $2,675 before subsidies
  • Course fee reducible to $267.50 to $802.50 upon IBF subsidy (up to 90%, applicable to all Singaporeans and PRs)
  • Remainder can be offset using SkillsFuture Credits and NTUC UTAP

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2. SUTD – Foundation of Data Science course 

  • 4 days, once a week
  • By SUTD Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) dept
  • As the course title says, it is a basic course introducing data science, open to beginners with basic computer knowledge
  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Curriculum: Introduction to data science, data visualisation, Business statistics, quizzes and project design
  • Part of the Skillsfuture series of courses, 2023’s Mar intake is currently accepting applications. There may be course dates for their Introduction to Data Science course.
  • Fees:  S$4,815, S$544.50 – S$1444.50 depending on receivable grants

3: SUSS – Fundamentals of data mining

  • 6 months (part-time)
  • The course gives a brief overview of data mining (methodologies, preparations and explorations), and then goes ahead to introduce how these can be applied to business analytics problems.
  • Pre-requisites: At least a polytechnic diploma
  • Curriculum: Topics include Process of data mining as well as Model evaluation
  • Skillsfuture claimable
  • Fees: S$1,378.00 (pre-grant)

4. General Assembly – Data Science Course: Singapore

  • Taught by data professionals from top companies like Atlassian, Capital One, and Deloitte
  • 60 hours of coursework and up to 25 hours of self-paced pre-work. Includes a capstone project.
  • 10 weeks online (held in the evenings)
  • Fees: S$5,350 without company sponsorship,, with instalment plans available

5.  UpLevel – Data Science Project-Based Learning Course

  • 4 – 6 weeks of hands-on learning
  • Complete your very own data science project
  • Curriculum: hard skills and soft skills. Please enquire with them for more information
  • Pre-requisites: A basic level of proficiency in Python
  • Fees: Credit-based model. Various credit and subscription packages are available

6. Heicoders Academy – Artificial Intelligence Track

  • Curriculum is developed by a team of data science professionals who studied and worked in Silicon Valley. Their instructors are data science professionals currently working in large MNCs and tech companies.
  • Their artificial intelligence track comprises 2 courses:
  • Course duration:
    • 24 hours of class time (3 hours/week)
    • 15-24 hours spent on weekly take-home assignments and capstone projects (data visualisation project for AI100 and machine learning prediction competition for AI200)
  • Curriculum: Python programming, interactive data visualisation, geospatial visualisation, regression and classification models, ensemble learning, clustering models, feature engineering and recommender systems
  • Fees: $120–2400, depending on relevant subsidies

7. Hackwagon – Data Science 101

  • Curriculum is beginner friendly
  • Their data science track comprises Data Science 101, Data Science 102 and Data Science 103
  • Course duration:
  • 21 hours of class time (3 hours/week)
  • 15-24 hours spent on weekly take-home assignments and capstone projects (data visualisation project for AI100 and machine learning prediction competition for AI200)
  • Curriculum: Projects, Python expressions, Structures, Collections and Iterations
  • Fees: As low as S$200 depending on relevant subsidies (amount may increase after 31 Dec 2022)

Masters

1. NTU – Master of Science in Analytics

  • One-year programme by coursework
  • Interdisciplinary: School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), School of Computer Engineering, and Nanyang Business School
  • Curriculum: statistics, optimization, and data analysis; exposure to software systems, practical applications, and case studies.
  • Meant for both fresh graduates and working adults with degrees in quantitative majors
  • Industry partners – PWC, Breadtalk, Charles & Keith, JR Group Holdings
  • Students will be attached to one of the partners as interns
  • Open to fresh graduates and working adults with relevant degrees and working experience. Those who do not have sufficient mathematical knowledge will have to take a bridging module, Mathematics for Artificial Intelligence
  • Tuition Fees for AY2022/2023 (inclusive of GST):
    • Citizens: S$39,000
    • PR : S$46,500
    • International: S$58,000
    • NTU alumni are entitled to 10% off tuition fees (before GST)

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2. SMU – Master of IT in Business, Analytics track

  • Full-time 1-2 years; Part-time 2-4 years
  • By School of Information Systems
  • Meant for professionals with computer science, information systems, engineering or science background
  • Pre-requisites: GRE/GMAT; TOEFL/IELTS; bachelor’s degree in fields mentioned above; 2 or more years of relevant work experience preferred
  • Curriculum: Analytics Technology & Applications, IT & Project Management, General Management for Technology & Operations, Internship/Capstone Project
  • Strong industry links; industry seminar and networking once a month
  • Two intakes each year: January, August
  • Tuition Fees (Aug 2019 intake onwards): S$48,150

3. National University of Singapore – M.S. Business Analytics

  • Part-time (4 semesters or 2 years); Full-time (2 semesters or 1 year)
  • Collaboration between NUS Business School (3rd in Asia) and NUS School of Computing (1st in Asia)
  • Close industry links – e.g. IBM
  • Industry-linked capstone consulting project
  • Five essential modules: statistics, deterministic operations research, analytics in managerial economics, decision-making technologies, data management and warehousing
  • Pre-requisites: First-year calculus and linear algebra
  • Good GRE/GMAT Quants score (some exceptions)
  • 2 years’ industry experience
  • Overall Tuition Fee (2021/22 intake, pre GST)
  • Citizens & PR: S$53,000
  • International: S$58,000

4. PSB Academy – Master of Analytics

  • Awarded by Massey University, NZ
  • Full-time 12 months, Part-time 24 months
  • Consists of Finance Track and Marketing Track
  • Compulsory modules include Introduction to Analytics, Multivariate Analysis for Big Data, Practical Data Mining, and Applied Econometric Methods
  • Applied Analytics Final Project
  • Pre-requisites: Bachelors’ Degree with B+ average, an IELTS 6.5 score of no less than 6.0
  • Upon completion of this degree, you will receive the globally-recognised SAS certification.
  • Fees: S$27,071.00
  • Note: SPMS also offers a Business Analytics track in their B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematical Sciences programme
  • As always, choose a programme in line with your needs and situation. In the meantime, you can stay updated with the latest happenings in data science by following DataScience SG on Facebook or by attending their events. Specifically, be on the lookout for data science ‘boot camps’ as well as MOOC specializations, though these may not give you the adequate depth to start a career in this field.

    Disclaimer: Ultimately, these programmes are listed in no particular order. Next, the fees and other data are accurate as of Nov 2022 unless otherwise reflected. Also, do note that this list is not an endorsement of the programmes within. Naturally, you should always do adequate research to see if a programme is a good fit for you!

     

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    Study in UK: The Ultimate Guide

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    Want to study in UK? Welcome to our guide! If you’re considering tertiary education in Great Britain or Northern Ireland, this is your guide. Click the hyperlinks to find the required section, or simply read from start to finish! Table of Contents 1) Overview of the UK: A Short Introduction 2) Overview of the UK as a Studying Destination (Tertiary Education) 3) After graduation 4) Other Useful links and tips

    1) Overview of the UK: A Short Introduction

    • The UK has 76 cities. 55 of these are in England; eight more are in Scotland, seven in Wales and six in Northern Ireland.
    • Scotland is the birthplace of golf and curling.
    • Unsurprisingly, tea is the most popular beverage in Britain. Many consume multiple cups daily!
      Culture, Weather and Money Matters There’s more to the United Kingdom than gloomy weather! It’s also home to a diverse and multicultural population, gorgeous landscapes, nightlife and heritage spots. It’s a top destination for international students for various reasons, including its prestigious universities. In the UK, the skies are often cloudy: don’t be surprised if you see students sunbathing on school grounds when the sun is out! You’ll get to experience all four seasons, and weather can be slightly unpredictable It is advisable to carry a compact umbrella around at all times just in case it begins to rain cats and dogs. The GBP is currently stronger than the Singapore Dollar (SGD) at 1:0.62 as of the time of writing. The UK is battling record-high inflation and increased costs of living, and food and drink inflation have reached a 41-year high. According to news reports, basic essentials such as fruits and low-fat milk cost 10% and 48% more than they did in October 2021[1]. Soaring energy prices (electricity and gas, for example) is also something you’ll need to watch out for. Popular Student Cities Each city in the UK has a unique character and charm! Here are a few examples.
    • London
    London is England’s capital city, and it’s a thriving one! It is home to landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, many green spaces, museums like the Tate Modern, a bustling theatre scene, numerous pubs and some of the biggest sports clubs in the UK. There is much to do, and you’ll never get bored. (If you do, though, it’s easy to travel to Europe or other parts of the UK via train, bus or plane). The home of 23 universities — not counting universities with branches in London — London ranks as the UK’s top student city (1st globally) in QS Best Student Cities 2023[i], based on indicators such as affordability and student mix. It is the world’s leading financial hub and is a great place to explore media and professional services careers. Eating out can be a little costly in this city known for its higher cost of living, so learning to cook will be beneficial.
    • Edinburgh
    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and a beautiful city with a medieval old town. It has a large student community which attends the University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University, Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University. It is also the host of the world’s biggest arts and media festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Perhaps it’ll come as no surprise that Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature! Edinburgh ranks as the UK’s 2nd top student city (10th worldwide) in QS Best Student Cities 2023. Its leading industries include software & technology, financial services, tourism as well as film & television. The Royal Bank of Scotland and Cairn Energy have their headquarters here!
    • Glasgow
    Glasgow is home to the Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, Scotland’s oldest museum (The Hunterian), Hampden Park (the Scottish national football team’s stadium) and some of the friendliest people in the UK (according to the 2022 Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards). The UNESCO City of Music also boasts a lower cost of living compared to other UK cities[ii], with Oxford taking the top spot. Glasgow ranks as the UK’s third-best student city (25th worldwide) in QS Best Student Cities 2023.
    • Manchester
    The second largest city in the UK, Manchester has a large international student population. The vibrant and lively city has a lower cost of living compared to other major cities, and has a thriving music scene. Manchester ties with Glasgow as the UK’s third-best student city (25th worldwide) in QS Best Student Cities 2023. Its key sectors include advanced manufacturing, the creative and media sectors, the life science and healthcare sector, the finance and professional services sector, and more. Manchester offers a free city shuttle service plying three routes: it stops at the train, Metrolink and bus stations, as well as popular destinations. How cool is that?
    • Cardiff
    Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, and it’s a compact city compared to its UK counterparts. It is a charming blend of old and new, with many green spaces and plenty of beaches an hour’s drive away. It boasts a thriving media sector, which is set to become even stronger after newly announced plans to develop the city into a global media innovation hub[iii]. Cardiff is home to Cardiff University, the University of Wales, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and lastly, the Cardiff Metropolitan University. For more information on how to navigate student life in Cardiff, do check out this resource put together by the Cardiff Council and Cardiff universities.
    • Belfast
    Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and has a lower cost of living (and rent) for students in the UK. It has an active cultural and social scene, friendly people, and is relatively accessible. Belfast’s driving sectors are arts, higher education, business, law, and commerce — and Northern Ireland happens to be well known for its screen industry.
    • Coventry
    An hour away from London and around thirty minutes away from Birmingham (also thirty minutes away from Stratford-upon-Avon!), Coventry was designated as the UK City of Culture in 2021. It is home to Coventry University and the University of Warwick. It has a large student population, thriving nightlife, and a rapidly modernising landscape due to recent regeneration projects. Coventry also ranks as the UK’s fifth-best student city (40th worldwide) in QS Best Student Cities 2023.

    2) Overview of the UK as a Studying Destination (Tertiary Education)

    • The UK is the second most popular study-abroad destination: International students made up 22% of its higher education enrolments in the academic year 2020/21 (605,130)[iv]
    • The top 5 universities popular with Singaporean students in AY 20/21 are the University College London (UCL), the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, the London School of Economics and Political Science, The University of Cambridge, and King’s College London
    • In the latest Ranking of National Higher Education Systems (2020), the UK came in 6th[v].
      Overview The UK is home to over 170 higher education institutions and has many leading universities: 10 rank within the top 100 universities globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings[vi], and 17 in the QS World University Rankings[vii] (2023 edition). The top 10 for each ranking are listed below.
    QS Times Higher Education
    University Ranking University Ranking
    1) University of Cambridge 2 1) University of Oxford 1
    2) University of Oxford 4 2) University of Cambridge 3
    3) Imperial College London =6 3) Imperial College London 10
    4) UCL 8 4) UCL 22
    5) University of Edinburgh 15 5) University of Edinburgh 29
    6) University of Manchester 28 6) King’s College London 35
    7) King’s College London 37 7) London School of Economics and Political Science 37
    8) London School of Economics and Political Science 56 8) University of Manchester =54
    9) University of Bristol =61 9) University of Bristol 76
    10) University of Warwick 64 10) University of Glasgow =82
      Curious about where fellow Singaporeans are studying at? According to the latest data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency[viii], these are the top 10 universities with the most Singaporean students (during AY 20/21):
    • UCL (575 students)
    • Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (410 students)
    • London School of Economics and Political Science (375 students)
    • The University of Cambridge (365 students)
    • King’s College London (335 students)
    • University of London (330 students)
    • The University of Oxford (285 students)
    • The University of Edinburgh (240 students)
    • The University of Bristol (200 students)
    • University of Durham (185 students)
    University Networks Many universities are part of a network/grouping. These networks help them gain financial and reputational advantages, share best practices, increase collaborations across member institutions, and increase the depth and breadth of opportunities they can offer students. For UK universities, the most well-known network is the Russell Group. The Russell Group is often described as the UK’s version of the Ivy League. The Russell Group was formally incorporated in 2007 but first began meeting in 1994. It comprises 24 of the UK’s leading universities, which together, teach one-quarter of the UK’s undergraduate population. The universities also produce much of the UK’s world-leading (academic) research, so this is something you should take note of if you are looking into the postgraduate qualification with a research focus or research-heavy component. Other networks or groupings in the UK you can read up about include the University Alliance and the N8 Research Partnership! Areas of Specialisation The universities of the United Kingdom are well known for their academic excellence and for offering a huge variety of courses (there’s even a degree in Applied Golf Management!) Which field(s) are you keen to major in, and which UK university will help you gain an edge? Here are some to consider*:
    Business: London Business School London School of Economics and Political Science UCL University of Cambridge University of Oxford
    Computer Science: University of Oxford University of Cambridge Imperial College London
    Dentistry: Queen’s University Belfast Newcastle University King’s College London
    English Language and Literature: University of Oxford University of Cambridge
    Law: University of Cambridge University of Oxford London School of Economics and Political Science UCL
    Nursing: King’s College London University of Glasgow
    Performing Arts: Royal College of Music University of Cambridge University of Oxford
    Psychology: University of Cambridge University of Oxford UCL
      *Not an exhaustive or conclusive list, compiled with reference to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, and The Complete University Guide (2023). A good way to decide would be to ask yourself these questions:
    • Does the university offer a course with modules in areas I’m fascinated about, or will it help my career plans?
    • Is the school located in a city/area that may help boost opportunities and prospects?
    • Does the university culture suit me?
    • If I am exploring a field requiring registration/certification, is the university’s degree recognised in my home country or by the relevant authorities? To practise law in Singapore, for example, you must possess law qualification(s) from one of the following universities:
    Country Approved University Applicable Law Degree
    United Kingdom University of Birmingham LL.B (Honours)
    University of Bristol LL.B (Single Honours)
    University of Cambridge B.A. Law
    University of Durham LL.B (Honours)
    King’s College, London, University of London LL.B (Honours)
    London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London LL.B (Honours)
    Queen Mary University of London LL.B (Honours)
    University College, University of London LL.B (Honours)
    University of Nottingham LL.B (Honours)
    University of Oxford B.A. (Honours) Jurisprudence
    University of Warwick LL.B (Honours)
      Credits: Singapore Institute of Legal Education Application affairs a) University applications Unlike other study-abroad destinations, the UK streamlines the university application process. Everyone applies through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), listing the top 5 universities of their choice. You’ll have to submit a personal statement, and a reference provided by a teacher or someone who can vouch for your academic abilities. For mature students, you can approach your employer or supervisor. b. Visa To study in the UK, you will require the following to apply for a student visa (formerly known as a UK Tier 4 Visa):
    • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter
    • A valid passport
    • Identification documents
      • Copy of birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, etc.
    • Proof of sufficient funds
    In light of processing times, do apply for the visa as soon as you are able! The UK outsources visa application matters to VFS Global, and the earliest you can apply would be three months before your course begins. Can I work while studying? Here’s the good news: yes, you can! International students studying undergraduate level and above are allowed to work 20 hours per week during the semester and unlimited hours during school holidays. If you are studying a foundation course, you can work 10 hours weekly. You will not be able to, however, take up freelance work or be self-employed. You are also disallowed from becoming a professional sportsperson or entertainer. Scholarships Before you head to the United Kingdom, try applying for some scholarships to reduce the financial strain and gain additional opportunities. Some public and private organisations offer study abroad scholarships to deserving individuals, while many UK universities have scholarships for international students. Make sure to do some research in advance so that you don’t miss their application dates! Check out some scholarships below.
    Scholarship Details
    GREAT Scholarships  
    • Covers £10,000 towards tuition fees for specified courses at selected UK universities. For AY22-23, scholarship awardees were required to study a climate change-related course
    •  Jointly funded by the UK government’s GREAT Britain Campaign and the British Council, open to postgraduate candidates
    • Application period varies
    Chevening Scholarships
    • UK Government’s international scholarship program that funds one-year master’s degrees
    • At least two years of work experience
    • Fully funded (inclusive of flights and accommodation)

       3) After graduation

    • UK workers typically get 28 days of annual leave (this may include public holidays), and have a 35-hour work week.
    • Under UK law, employees are allowed to request flexible working arrangements (such as working from home). However, employers have the final say, and you must have worked for an organisation for at least 26 weeks.
    • The UK has a drinking culture, and some industries have a booze culture, but things may be changing with the times.
      Post Work-Study Visas Keen on experiencing UK working culture? You’ll be happy to know that there are a few interesting visas on offer! We list the options open to you below (and one you may be eligible for if you decide to study in Singapore).
    Stream: Details: Requirements:
    1) High Potential Individual visa
    • At least 2 years stay (3 years with PhD or other doctoral qualification)
    • 3 weeks processing time from application
    • You must graduate with a degree from an eligible university, awarded within the last 5 years. This list comprises top universities worldwide (NTU and NUS make the list).
    2) Skilled Worker visa (formerly Tier 2 visa)
    • 5 years stay (Family can come along as dependants if eligible)
    • 3 weeks processing time
    • You can apply for an extension upon expiry
    • Proficiency in English
    • Work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
    • Have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer
    • Have an eligible occupation
    • Be paid a minimum salary
    3) Health and Care Worker visa Family can come along as dependants if eligible
    • 3 weeks processing time
    • You can apply for an extension upon expiry
    • Be a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
    • Work in an eligible health or social care job
    • Proficiency in English
    • Work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
    • Have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer
    • Have an eligible occupation
    • Be paid a minimum salary
    4) Graduate visa
    • At least 2 years stay (3 years with PhD or other doctoral qualification)
    • Apply before your student visa expires, and when still in the UK
     

    4) Other Useful links and tips

    Ready to study in UK? if it’s a yes, here are some tools and links that may help your planning! City Guides from UCAS Scholarship compilation (UK govt list) The UK is wonderful to study in, and we hope you will have a fruitful student life there. We wish you all the best in your educational pursuits! [1] https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2022/nov/16/uk-inflation-high-energy-food-house-prices-bank-of-england-business-live [i] https://www.topuniversities.com/city-rankings/2023 [ii] https://www.glasgowworld.com/news/people/glasgow-among-most-affordable-uk-cities-to-live-in-new-research-finds-3640794 [iii] https://www.southwales.ac.uk/news/news-2022/usw-joins-50m-project-to-develop-global-media-innovation-hub-in-wales/ [iv] https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/where-from [v] https://universitas21.com/sites/default/files/2020-04/U21_Rankings%20Report_0320_Final_LR%20Single.pdf [vi] https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2023/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/locations/AUS/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats [vii] https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2023 [viii] https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/where-from#non-uk

    16 AI courses to help you learn the new skill of the century

    Speaking of AI, do you think it’s is just a passing trend that’ll soon fade, with no real longevity to the many AI courses in Singapore nowadays?

    Surely not! Quite evidently, from healthcare to transport, AI has already entered our daily lives and is here to stay. If anything, it’ll only grow more pervasive: for example, Meta shared how AI could possibly translate Hokkien to English[i]! In fact, AI apprenticeships in Singapore is set to increase, and three new centres of innovation for AI are in the pipeline[ii].  

    And so, if you want to pick up some AI skills in light of this information, you’re in luck! There are many avenues in Singapore for you to do so, with plenty of courses to pursue. And right here already are some that may be of interest!

    All course fees are for 2021/22 intakes unless specified, and are subject to changes depending on the school; fees do not include miscellaneous fees. Do note that this is a non-exhaustive list!

    [i] https://www.channelnewsasia.com/business/real-time-translation-hokkien-english-meta-ai-speech-translation-3018756

    [ii] https://www.straitstimes.com/business/singapore-to-invest-71-million-to-attract-develop-ai-tech-talent-dpm-heng

     

    Degree

    1. SIM General Education – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)

    This degree is fully taught and awarded by the University of London, UK. It will be fully taught by the university’s faculty via Coursera’s online education platform, with SIM GE lecturers serving as learning facilitators. Students will be take specialist modules in their final year and get to explore directions they have developed an interest in through specialist elective modules such as Games Development and Virtual Reality.

    Programme Duration: Three years, full-time

    Accreditation: SIM General Education is EduTrust certified.

    Curriculum: Study modules such as Discrete mathematics, Agile software projects, Software design and development, as well as specialist modules such as Natural language processing and Virtual reality

    Course Fees: SGD 40,080 (approximate)

    Prospects: Potential roles for graduates include Machine Learning Engineer and Systems Analyst.

    Diploma

    1. Lithan Academy – Professional Diploma in Artificial Intelligence

    Learn Python Machine Learning programming, statistical modelling, Azure Machine Learning models in JupyterNotebook, Deep Learning and Natural Language processing(NLP) to define the next generation of Artificial Intelligence solutions and make inferences from knowledge.

    Through their training programme, you will learn the skills relevant to your work. Coupled with real-world projects which are mentored by industry experts, you will be able to perform on the first day of your job upon the completion of your training.

    Programme Duration:  6 months full-time, 9 months part-time

    Curriculum: Introduction to Python and AI for Data Science, Applied Machine Learning, Advanced Techniques in Data Analytics, Deep Learning Foundations, Reinforcement Learning Foundations, Develop Applied AI Solutions. 

    Course Fees: 
    S$ 18,000 (excluding misc. Fees);
    S$ 5,778.00 after SkillsFuture Funding (with GST);
    S$ 2,178.00 after SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (SFMCES, with GST);

    Job Placement Assistance :  Help 500 locals (Singaporeans & PRs) found their dream careers every year.

    Prospects: You will receive a Professional Diploma in Artificial Intelligence by Lithan Academy as well as multiple statements of attainment by SkillsFuture Singapore. Becoming an AI developer.

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    Newly launched in 2021, you will learn how to develop chatbots, use machine learning and deep learning algorithms, and more in this course. You will also get to hone your skills in the TP-Nvidia AI Technology Centre, which is currently the only centre of its kind to be set up in a Polytechnic.

    Programme duration: Three years, full-time

    Curriculum: Study modules like Cloud Technologies, Deep Learning and Object Recognition, Computational Thinking, AI Essentials, as well as Database Application Development

    Course fees: SGD 2,987.50 for Singaporeans <40, SGD 6,117.50 for Permanent Residents, and SGD 11,150.70 for international students

    Prospects: Potential roles for course graduates include AI or machine learning engineers, application developers and data analysts.

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    Short Courses

    1. Singapore Management University – SMU Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

    This intermediate-level course caters to executives and is available fully online. It is taught by investor and serial entrepreneur Joel Ko, the co-founder of technology investment company Deepbase AI and affiliate faculty of SMU. SMU advises that you take the ‘Artificial Intelligence: A Layman’s Approach’ course, have basic coding experience and be comfortable with basic level algebra before signing up for this executive programme.

    Programme Duration: Five days (9am-5pm)

    Curriculum: The certificate programme comprises two modules: they are Building AI Capability with Basic Coding for Business and Mastering Machine Learning with Coding.

    Course Fees: SGD 1,605 for Singaporeans aged 40 and below. Fees can go as low as SGD605.00 after maximum funding. The full fee for the course is SGD 5,350.00, and it is SkillsFuture credit claimable.

    Prospects: You will receive Certificates of Participation upon successful completion of the course.

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    2. ITE-Intel® AI For Citizens:A Global AI Public Awareness Program

    This self-paced course is free to Singaporeans and was developed by Intel. Its content is suitable for those with no knowledge of AI and is hosted on the Gnowbe self-learning platform. All course-takers will be awarded personalized, shareable and printable badges (one per track) after successfully completing in-course quizzes.

    Programme duration: Four hours

    Curriculum: Two tracks called AI Aware and AI Appreciate.

    Course fees: Free

    Prospects: NA

    3. Ngee Ann Polytechnic (CET Academy)Artificial Intelligence in Finance (Online course)

    The first-industry led course for AI in Finance, this online course comprises video lectures by senior lecturers, readings and video interviews from industry experts. There are a total of 19 modules and you will have to complete a quiz after each one. There will be online discussion forums that let you discuss learnings and insights with fellow course takers. You do not need to have prior knowledge in AI to take this course, although some knowledge in fintech will be helpful.

    Programme duration: 10-12 hours, self-paced

    Curriculum: Four topics, with a total of 19 modules. The four topics in question are An Industry Overview of AI, AI Technologies, Implementing AI in an Enterprise, and Applications of AI in Finance respectively.

    Course fees: SGD 108.90-963.00 (full fee)

    Prospects: You will complete the course with a Certificate of Completion of “Artificial Intelligence in Finance”.

    Graduate/Postgraduate

    1. Nanyang Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence

    Nanyang Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence will cover AI concepts and practical AI skills, with the goal of producing graduates who are able to solve real-world problems.

    Programme Duration: 19 weeks long (6:30-9:30pm, three times weekly)

    Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in AI Foundation and Machine Learning, made up of the Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Data Science Foundation, Essentials of Machine Learning, Machine Learning Algorithms and a Machine Learning Project. The second is the PDC in Deep learning and AI Applications, made up of Foundations of Deep Learning, Deep Learning Networks, AI Application with Deep Learning, Application Development using AI services and a Deep Learning Project.

    Course Fees: SGD 1,093.00 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 728.70 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 2,914.70 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 752.50 and SGD 871.70 respectively. The full course fee is SGD 7,286.70.

    Prospects: Course takers will be presented with a Specialist Diploma qualification upon successful completion of the course.

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    This diploma caters to fresh graduates and working professionals with a Polytechnic diploma in a technology-related field. You will be assessed via class participation, class tests, assignments and projects.

    Programme Duration: One year, part-time, twice-weekly (7-10pm)

    Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in Machine Learning in AI, made up of the Principles of Machine Learning and the Machine Learning Solutions Development modules. The second is the PDC in Deep Learning AI, made up of the Principles of Deep Learning and Deep Learning Solutions Development modules. This course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.

    Course Fees: SGD 436.56 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 295.32 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 1,168.44 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 304.56. The full course fee is SGD 2,914.68.

    Prospects: Entry-level positions such as Application Developers

    Nanyang Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence will cover AI concepts and practical AI skills, with the goal of producing graduates who are able to solve real-world problems.

    Programme Duration: 19 weeks long (6:30-9:30pm, three times weekly)

    Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in AI Foundation and Machine Learning, made up of the Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Data Science Foundation, Essentials of Machine Learning, Machine Learning Algorithms and a Machine Learning Project. The second is the PDC in Deep learning and AI Applications, made up of Foundations of Deep Learning, Deep Learning Networks, AI Application with Deep Learning, Application Development using AI services and a Deep Learning Project.

    Course Fees: SGD 1,093.00 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 728.70 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 2,914.70 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 752.50 and SGD 871.70 respectively. The full course fee is SGD 7,286.70.

    Prospects: Course takers will be presented with a Specialist Diploma qualification upon successful completion of the course.

    According to the course page, this specialist diploma caters to working adults and will teach course takers how to “apply machine-learning algorithms to design and develop intelligent software applications and cognitive products”. It will teach foundational training in data science, before going into specialised skill sets in the areas of Applied Machine Learning and AI Interfaces.

    Programme Duration: One year, part-time (evenings)

    Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in Fundamentals of Data Science, made up of the Introduction to Statistics for Data Science and the Introduction to Programming for Data Science modules. The second is the PDC in Artificial Intelligence, made up of the Applied Machine Learning and AI Human Interface modules.

    Course Fees: SGD 983.70 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 655.80 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 2,623.21 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 677.25 and SGD 784.51 respectively. The full course fee is SGD 6,558.03. This course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.

    Prospects: Course takers will be presented with a Specialist Diploma qualification upon successful completion of the course, and will also be eligible for credit exemptions on SUTD’s ModularMasters in Data Science programme.

    This diploma is offered as both a specialist diploma and a Work-Study Post-Diploma. It covers both AI theory and practicum, such as the application of recommender systems and how to use tools like Raspberry Pi.

    Programme Duration: 270 hours (approximately one year)

    Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence, made up of the Math for Machine Learning, Introduction to Programming, Introduction to Data Management for Machine Learning and the Machine Learning Fundamentals modules. The second is the PDC in Artificial Intelligence, made up of the Pattern Recognition & Anomaly Detection, Recommender Systems, Virtual Assistants and Capstone Project modules.

    Course Fees: SGD 1,213.38 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 808.92 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 3,264.57 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 835.38. This course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.

    Prospects: According to Republic Polytechnic, career opportunities for course graduates include the AI Engineer, Application Developer and Machine Learning Engineer roles.

    AI Singapore is a national research and innovation programme launched by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It offers AI training and learning courses for everyone interested in developing AI literacy and capabilities. Professionals can benefit from various free courses and Corporate Memberships for organisations, while students can participate in the Student Outreach Programme that offers opportunities to acquire course certifications and a paid internship opportunity with the organisation.

    Programme Duration: Dependent on chosen course

    Accreditation: NA

    Curriculum: Dependent on chosen course

    Course Fees: Free, but premium courses are available. You must purchase a Premium membership (annual).

    Prospects: AI enthusiasts can consider applying for the AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP®)

    7. Singapore Management University – 5-Day AI Bootcamp

    An intermediate-level course catering to professionals looking to pick up applied deep learning techniques, this bootcamp helps you grasp the fundamentals of AI and machine learning. SMU Academy (SMU’s professional training arm) has partnered with WeCloudData, Canada’s leading data and AI training company, to offer this course, and course will be awarded a digital Certificate of Completion.

    Programme Duration: 5 days (9am–5pm on weekdays)

    Accreditation: NA

    Curriculum: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Active Learning, Natural Language Processing

    Course Fees: SGD5350.00 (as low as SGD605.00 after relevant funding or subsidies). This course is SkillsFuture Credit claimable.

    8. Nanyang Technological UniversityMaster of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI)

    This is a Master of Science by coursework. Students will be taught by faculty from the NTU

    School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE), and other disciplines, on how to use AI theory techniques and tools to solve real world problems. There will be hands-on projects to help you reinforce your learning, and chances to work with AI faculty members for research or industrial related projects.

    To enrol, you will require a degree-level qualification in computer science, computer engineering or a related discipline.

    Programme Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

    Accreditation: NA

    Curriculum: Core courses such as Deep Learning and Applications and Mathematics for AI, elective courses such as AI for IOT Data and AI for Image and Video Processing

    Course Fees: SGD 39,000 for Singaporeans, SGD 46,500 for Permanent Residents and SGD 58,000 for International students. NTU alumni will enjoy a one-time grant giving them 10% off tuition fees.

    Prospects: Graduates can explore careers as Machine Learning Engineers, Data Scientists, Business Intelligence Developers and more

    The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Applied Artificial Intelligence is suitable for individuals exploring the implementation of AI within software systems. It provides students with knowledge in Core-Software Engineering, Core-Machine Learning and Professional Skills.

    Programme Duration: 3 years full-time

    Accreditation: NA

    Curriculum: Study modules such as Web Systems and Technologies, Artificial Intelligence in Business and Society, Computer Vision and Deep Learning as well as Database Systems. There will also be an eight-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) and a capstone project.

    Course Fees: SGD 22,500.00 for Singaporeans,  SGD 47,160.00 for Permanent Residents, SGD 63,558.00 for International Students and SGD 96,879.00 for others

    Prospects: Explore careers as an AI Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, Data Engineer (Machine Learning Specialist) or AI Application Engineer

    10. Aventis Graduate SchoolMaster of Science in Artificial Intelligence

    Awarded by London Metropolitan University, the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is a fully online programme. Classes are held on the weekends, with each module lasting two consecutive full weekends from 9:30am–5:30pm.

    The programme caters to C-level executives, with coursework consisting of written reports, practical and research assignments, demonstrations, presentations, group work, and examinations.

    Programme Duration: 12 months part-time

    Accreditation: Aventis Graduate School is EduTrust Certified, and is also a member of the  Executive MBA Council as well as the AACSB International Business Education Alliance.  

    Curriculum: Study 6 modules in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things, Data Warehousing and Big Data, Information Security, Machine Learning, and Semantic Technologies. There will be an academic dissertation component.

    Course Fees: SGD 24,800 (pre-GST)

    Prospects: Aventis has an industry partnership with SGInnovate

    Jointly run by the NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering and the NTU School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is a direct honours programme that allows students to develop solutions for different areas, ranging from science and technology to environmental sustainability.

    NTU ranked sixth globally for Computer Science in the 2022-2023 US News and World Report’s Best Global Universities, and is the top university for AI research and citation impact. NTU was part of the team that launched the TR 99:2021 AI Security standard in 2021.

    Programme Duration: 4 years full-time

    Accreditation: NA

    Curriculum: Study modules revolving around machine learning, data analysis and mining, discrete mathematics, software engineering,  Algorithm Design and Analysis, and more

    Course Fees: SGD 22,500.00 for Singaporeans,  SGD 47,160.00 for Permanent Residents, SGD 63,558.00 for International Students and SGD 96,879.00 for others

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    Are Ergonomic Equipment Upgrades Necessary?

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    Ergonomic equipment is designed to help people maintain correct posture and alignment while performing their daily work tasks, which greatly reduces the risk of injuries while improving comfort levels. If you are a student or young working adult who spends long hours hunched over textbooks while sitting at uncomfortable desks, you probably suffer from back pain, neck pain, and other problems stemming from poor posture. Good news! Ergonomic equipment could be an effective solution to those problems.

    4 Reasons to Upgrade to Ergonomic Equipment

    Ergonomic equipment such as posture-supporting office chairs, adjustable computer monitors, and ergonomic keyboards offer four major benefits to workers and students. These include:

    Pain Alleviation

    Ergonomic equipment is designed to minimize pain by optimizing workstation design and adjusting equipment to fit the user. Properly designed ergonomic equipment can help reduce the pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other common work-related injuries. Therefore, if you are currently experiencing pain due to an uncomfortable work or study environment, then you should strongly consider upgrading your work tools to a more ergonomic design.

    Lower Risk of Injuries

    By using equipment that is designed to minimize strain and fatigue, you can lower your risk of developing conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and even musculoskeletal disorders. In fact, studies have shown that using ergonomic equipment can help reduce the incidence of work-related injuries by as much as 75 percent. If you can maintain a correct posture and alignment while studying and working, your risk of injury caused by poor posture and excessive force due to poor work equipment will be greatly reduced. So why not invest in a good ergonomic chair? The major brands such as Ergotune, Herman Miller and Secretlab all hold sales once in a while!

    Increased Productivity

    Ergonomic equipment can help increase productivity by increasing comfort and reducing fatigue. When you feel more comfortable and supported, your productivity naturally increases. In addition, ergonomic equipment will also help reduce future absenteeism at school or work since your likelihood of injury will be decreased.

    Better Grades

    Improved posture can lead to better focus and concentration, which in turn can help you increase your grade point average (GPA). A recent study found that 56 percent of students who sat up straight found it easier to complete their exams. With ergonomic equipment, you won’t have to struggle to keep your back and neck in full alignment as the keyboards, mouse, and chairs you are using and sitting in automatically do that for you, thus allowing you to fully concentrate on the task at hand.

    4 Essential Ergonomic Pieces of Equipment for Students in Singapore

    It’s no secret that college students in Singapore are some of the hardest-working students in the world. On average, college students in Singapore study over 50 hours per week — 28.6 hours in school and 22.2 hours at home. While this strong work ethic is one of the main factors that has led to Singapore’s top international rankings in math and science, it has also been one of the contributing factors that lead to physical and mental health disorders in Singaporean students. To take some of the unhealthy side effects of long study and work hours off of you, the following four pieces of ergonomic equipment are suggested.

    A Standing Desk

    When standing, your spine is in a neutral position, which will take the pressure off of your back and prevent unnecessary back pain. Another benefit of standing while working or studying is that you can burn more calories than if you were sitting. Since you have no choice but to stand at a standing desk, you can automatically offset the effects of any harmful sedentary lifestyle habits you may have picked up while pursuing your studies or career. Studies have also shown that people who use standing desks are more productive than those who sit at traditional desks, so your work rate will most likely improve as well if you upgrade to a standing position.

    An Ergonomic Chair

    Ergonomic chairs are chairs that are designed to fit the contours of your body and provide support in all the right places. These chairs provide three main benefits: back pain reduction, improved posture, and increased blood circulation. The latter might be of particular importance to you if you are currently a student since improved blood flow brings more energy and oxygen to the brain. With more oxygen flowing around your gray matter, you will experience increased mental energy which will cause you to think better and faster.

    Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse

    Ergonomic keyboards and mouses are designed to reduce strain on the hands, wrists, and arms. They can also help you stay more comfortable while working long hours at a computer. Both these ergonomic tools also provide other health and functional benefits such as preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, improving posture, and increasing productivity by making it easier to type or click on images and icons.

    Display Set (Computer Monitor)

    Ergonomic computer monitors help improve posture, reduce eye strain, and prevent neck and back pain. They usually come with a variety of features that can make your workstation more comfortable and productive. The most common ones include an adjustable height, a swivel base, and a tilt function, all of which provide the perfect viewing angle at multiple ranges. With the four ergonomic essentials listed above, you can study comfortably for longer hours without adding strain to your body or mind.

    4 More Tips to Make Your Workstation More Ergonomic

    While using the ergonomic equipment mentioned in the last section will make your office, home, or school workstation more ergonomic, there are some other things you can do to increase their benefits and functions. Apply the following four tips and see what a difference it makes in your study and work output.
    1. Push your hips as far back in your chair as possible to align your spinal column even further.
    2. Pull up closer to the keyboard so that it is directly in front of your body to limit overreaching and causing strain to your arms.
    3. Center your monitor about an arms-length away from your body at eye level so you are not looking too far down or too far up and not straining your eyes and neck.
    4. Take a one to two-minute stretch break every 30 to 40 minutes while working or studying as this will give your body a chance to rest and recharge.
    Do keep these tips in mind, on top of using your ergonomic equipment, to ensure a healthier and more productive study and work environment!

    Applying for Exchange at NUS: Factors to Consider

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    If you have ever wanted the opportunity to study at another university, look no further! NUS offers the chance through the student exchange programme (SEP). With the SEP, students can apply for a placement at another university, both within Singapore and overseas, and students can have the opportunity to study there for a whole semester (approximately 6 months)! However, many students are unfamiliar with the system, and often have many questions about how to decide on a university or country, or whether they should even undertake the SEP in the first place. Hopefully, this article will serve as a guide for you on the factors to consider when you apply for a student exchange. I will cover three topics: 1) why you might want to consider an SEP; 2) local SEP; and 3) overseas SEP. And so, let’s jump into why you might want a SEP!

    1. Why SEP?

    There are many reasons why you might want to go on exchange. One would be that it freezes your CAP (or GPA). Now, what exactly does this mean? Let me explain. Under normal circumstances, in university, your grades accumulate every semester and the grade you receive for each module is included in the calculation of your CAP score. For example, if you score A+ for everything, you get a higher CAP as compared to scoring B+. However, when you go on an exchange, the modules are pass-fail. This means that the actual grade does not matter — you only need to be concerned about passing. The grades for modules taken during an exchange programme will not be calculated, and your CAP will not be affected by the semester. However, the module credits will still count towards your course. This means that you can fulfill your course requirements while taking harder modules, without the fear of your CAP going down! Another factor would be the interesting modules offered. Regardless of whether the exchange university is local or overseas, the modules offered are much more interesting and engaging than those in your university. They have a larger variety, and many of the modules listed cannot be directly linked back to a module code in your university. This means that they teach topics that are not offered in your university, allowing you to increase learning! A final factor would be cost. When considering an SEP, you can also consider how much money is required. Cost can help you choose between a local and overseas SEP, since overseas universities tend to have higher costs than local universities. One additional consideration relevant to overseas SEP would be the longing to experience a different country and culture. It is no secret that Singapore is far too small, and it can be refreshing to go to an entirely new country and gain exposure to the world. As mentioned previously, there are two kinds of SEP: local and overseas. Under both categories, there are factors to consider before you make your final decision.

    2. Local SEP

    For a local SEP, the main consideration is most likely the type of module you wish to take. Since you will be in Singapore, other factors such as the country of the university clearly do NOT apply. You need to know the strengths and weaknesses of each university in terms of the major. For example, for psychology, NTU is known to be stronger in research than NUS and SMU. So if you wish to learn more research-based topics, NTU is a prime university. An additional factor to consider can possibly be the location of the university — I believe NTU is well-known for being located extremely far away. It’s even referred to by NTU students as ‘Pulau NTU’! Other than that, I don’t think there is anything else you need to consider. However, one important thing to note is that priority for a local SEP will be given to senior students and those who have failed a previous SEP global application (at least, for NUS).

    3. Overseas SEP

    For an overseas SEP, there are obviously a lot more factors to consider, and the most important criterion differs from person to person. For example, I know of some students who immediately rule out certain countries due to either safety reasons or parental restrictions. They are either more concerned about their safety in a country like the United States or have parents that do not want them to attend university there. Thus, any US placement is automatically ruled out. Others tend to choose by country — for example, some students enjoy visiting the UK and thus focus on choosing an institution within the country. When choosing a country, common factors people consider tend to be safety, language (ensure that the modules are taught in English), the tourist attractions (such as food, the things to do there, etc.) and cost. For cost, some countries have a higher exchange rate than others (e.g., US, UK versus China, Korea, Japan), and so some people tend to choose the cheaper countries to save on finances. Although this is not an exhaustive list, these are some of the things you too can consider when picking a country. Personally, the best way to choose is by considering the modules offered. My method was to go down the list of modules, have a rough idea of the topics of interest, and see which university offers them. For example, I am not particularly interested in topics such as gender studies, and do not wish to take any module already offered in NUS. Those topics were automatically ruled out. The topics I was interested in included anything relating to children, the family, or the law, so any module along those lines was a possibility for me. Additionally, when doing module mapping, you need to ensure that you can reliably list down five possible modules you wish to take. Thus, I needed to find a university that provided five modules within my scope of interest. Also note that when submitting your SEP plan (for NUS), you need to identify five different universities, and for each university five potential modules you wish to take. And while this may sound simple, you will soon find that scrolling through the long list of possible universities and seeing the long list of potential modules offered can be tiresome. Additionally, it can be difficult sometimes to identify five universities, especially when certain countries are ruled out. For example, although the US provides many interesting modules, some of my friends had no choice but to rule out the country. However, this left them with limited options. Some countries offer less-interesting modules, or similar content taught in NUS. Others offer so few modules that there was no point in choosing them. While you decide which factor to prioritize, keep in mind that the criteria you choose can limit your options. To sum it up, here are the steps to decide on a SEP:
    • Decide if you want an SEP in the first place
    • Decide if you want it local or overseas
    • For either, you have certain factors to consider when choosing your university. Prioritize the factor(s) that you want, and select the university based on that
    See? Not that hard! Anyways, hope this helped! See you in the next article.

    Top 8 universities in Australia for Singapore students

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    Contemplating an undergraduate degree abroad? Studying overseas is an eye-opening experience — the exposure to different cultures and ways of learning is priceless. Luckily for us, there are highly reputed universities a mere five to seven-hour flight away from Singapore!

    Enter Australia — as well as a stellar education, you’ll get to experience four seasons, its iconic beaches and its laidback lifestyle. Plus, with budget airlines like Scoot and Jetstar, home visits are relatively inexpensive.

    The country is home to 43 universities offering a wide variety of courses. You can study anything from accounting and finance to environmental science and physiotherapy! But with so many institutions to choose from, the process of selecting a university in another country can be stressful, and you might feel a little bit uncertain. To clarify things, here’s a guide to the top universities in Australia, which make up the Group of Eight coalition, their rankings, and the disciplines they’re best known for!

    If you’re looking for an overview of Australia as a study-abroad destination, or want to know what the Group of Eight refers to, do check out The Ultimate Guide to Studying in Australia!

    Studying in Canberra, ACT

    Australian National University

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    Sandwiched between Melbourne and Sydney, Australia’s capital city of Canberra is home to a healthy and diverse mix of local and international students, as well as the number one university in the country — Australian National University (ANU). It was founded in 1946 as a postgraduate institution, with four centres — the Research Schools of Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Pacific Studies and the John Curtin School of Medical Research — but began offering undergraduate courses in 1960.

    The university often battles it out with the University of Melbourne (UoM) in terms of rankings. Nevertheless, you can’t really go wrong in choosing an institution created by the Australian Parliament with six Nobel Laureates (in the fields of physics, medicine, economic sciences) amongst its alumni and faculty.

    According to ANU’s website, ANU offers more degree combinations than the other Australian universities. Interesting majors it offers include Furniture Design Arts, Latin and Corporate Sustainability. Its main campus is located at Acton, near Canberra’s CBD.

    ANU Quick Facts

    Student Population: Approx. 21,352 (2021)

    International Fees: A$39,024 per annum (average, fees vary depending on course/discipline)

    Colleges: Seven in total. These are the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, the ANU College of Business & Economics, the ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics, the ANU College of Health & Medicine, the ANU College of Law, and the ANU College of Science

    Strongest Disciplines: Anthropology, Politics, Development Studies, Archaeology, Agriculture, Earth and marine sciences, History, Social policy, Sociology, and Geography

    QS Ranking 2022: 1st in Australia, 27nd in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 2nd in Australia, 54th in the world

    Studying in Melbourne, VIC

    Consistently ranked as the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne is the cultural (and coffee) capital of Australia. Crammed with live music, comedy acts and festivals, the city’s wow factor is only outshone by its breadth in higher education. Featuring seven universities in the international rankings, student life in Melbourne is nothing but ideal. With the highest percentage of international students across Australia, Melbourne is especially foreigner-friendly.

    University of Melbourne

    The University of Melbourne (UoM) was established in 1853 and is the second oldest university in Australia. It’s a sandstone university (a term used referring to Australia’s oldest tertiary education institutions) with a campus that looks like something out of Hogwarts. More than just a pretty face, UoM also holds its own academically. Ranked number one in the country according to the THE rankings 2023 (a spot it often competes for with ANU), Australia’s second oldest university also boasts an illustrious alumni group of four Aussie prime ministers and nine Nobel Laureates.

    Its undergraduate degrees are quite broad and allow you to tailor your studies according to your interests — especially if undertaking an Arts, Science or Environments degree. Unlike other Australian universities, UoM undergraduates can take their time exploring different disciplines in their first year before deciding on their major. Postgraduate study is UoM’s strong suit, with highly competitive medicine and law programs.

    UoM Quick Facts

    Student Population: Approx. 52,098

    International Fees: A$32,896 to $67,368 for undergraduate studies per annum (2023)

    Faculties/Schools: Ten in total. These are the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and the Melbourne Law School

    Strongest Disciplines: Education, Law, Accounting, Computer science, Psychology, Business, Environmental sciences and Medicine.

    QS Ranking 2022: 2nd in Australia, 37th in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 1st in Australia, 33rd in the world

    Monash University

    Another popular choice for students, Monash has a sprawling campus situated slightly out of the city. Monash and UoM are locked in a (mostly) friendly rivalry for top university in Melbourne, but if you’re more about hands-on learning than research, Monash would be the place for you! Also, if you don’t want to wait till postgrad to study law — Monash offers a five-year LLB program. The university comprises a significant portion of international students, at approximately 34.7 percent. You’ll settle in quickly, especially with many student societies to help make the transition.

    Monash University boasts several state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (the most advanced facility of its type in Australia), and the Australian Stem Cell Centre (founded by nine Australian Universities and medical research institutes). Recently, the university ranked number one globally in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject for Pharmacy and Pharmacology — and consistently ranks within the Top three.

    Monash Quick Facts

    Student Population: Approx. 60,211

    International Fees:  Avg. A$37,200 to $87,000 for undergraduate studies per annum

    Faculties/Schools: Ten in total, made up of the Art, Design and Architecture faculty, the Arts faculty, the Business and Economics faculty, the Education faculty, the Engineering faculty, the Information Technology faculty, the Law faculty, the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences faculty, the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, and the Science faculty.

    Strongest Disciplines: Accounting and Finance, Engineering, Chemistry, Law and Medicine

    QS Ranking 2022: 6th in Australia, 58th in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 4th in Australia, 57th in the world

    Other universities in Melbourne worth checking out are RMIT, with strong fashion, architecture and media courses and Swinburne University of Technology.

    Studying in Sydney, NSW

    As Australia’s largest city, tourism hotspot (Bondi beach, anyone?) and financial hub, Sydney is definitely the place to be. While living expenses here may be slightly higher than in Melbourne, you’ll get a peerless education with some of Australia’s most iconic spots at your doorstep.

    University of Sydney

    Sydney

    Part of the sandstone universities Group of Eight, the University of Sydney was the first university to be founded in Australia in 1850. (Sydney also happens to be the oldest city in Australia!)

    The regal-looking campus is spread across the inner-city suburbs of Darlington and Camperdown and has been ranked by the Huffington Post and the Daily Telegraph in the top 10 most beautiful universities to study at (Oxford and Cambridge are within this list!) Renowned for research and teaching, it also offers MBA and Master of Management programs that regularly rank top in Australia. If you’re keen on going for a student exchange programme, the university claims to have Australia’s largest student mobility programme spanning over 40 countries.

    Here’s a fun fact: the university has a legal Graffiti Tunnel located on its Camperdown campus! Anyone can paint on it so long the content is not deemed offensive.

    USyd Quick Facts

    Student Population: Over 50,000

    International Fees:  Avg. A$43,500 to $58,500 for undergraduate studies per annum (2023)

    Faculties/Schools: Eight in total. They are the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the Faculty of Science, the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, the University of Sydney Business School, the Conservatorium of Music, and the Sydney Law School

    Strongest Disciplines: Law, education, medicine, accounting and finance

    QS Ranking 2022: 3rd in Australia, 38th in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 5th in Australia, 58th in the world

    University of New South Wales

    UNSW

    UNSW is 100 years younger than its high-profile neighbour USyd, but is quickly climbing the ranks. Within its eight faculties, UNSW offers bachelor’s degrees that go between three to four years and combined degrees that last for up to eight years. So if you’d like a program with little more flexibility or you simply can’t choose between, say, Engineering or Commerce — UNSW is the place for you! With a lively campus culture and a quarter of its student population made up of international kids, UNSW promises a sense of community during your undergrad years.

    UNSW Quick Facts

    Student Population: Approx. 59,050

    International Fees:  Avg. A$37,680 to $48,720 for undergraduate studies per annum (2023)

    Strongest Disciplines: Accounting, Finance, Engineering, and Technology

    QS Ranking 2022: 4th in Australia, 43rd in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 6th in Australia, 70th in the world

    Studying in Brisbane, QLD

    University of Queensland

    A friendly city offering year-round tropical weather and access to some of the most beautiful hiking and swimming spots on the East Coast, Brisbane is both a student hub and a tourist destination. It’s home to three major universities, with the University of Queensland being one of them. The campus is a beautiful sight during Spring, dotted with purple when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom.

    Offering a range of high-quality specialty programs and dual degrees, UQ ties for third position in Australia with USyd. Its reputation is well earned, often lauded for research innovations including vaccines to help prevent cervical cancer. This is especially helpful if you have your sights set on science! And if you were curious about those that came before you, the UQ alumni includes a Nobel Laureate, an Academy Award Winner and two Fortune 500 CEOs.

    UQ Quick Facts

    Student Population: Approx.  56,278 (2021)

    International Fees:  Avg. A$33,056 to $68,064 for undergraduate studies per annum

    Faculties/Schools: Six in total, comprising the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Science

    Strongest Disciplines: Engineering, Mineral and mining, Life Sciences, Medicine

    QS Ranking 2022: 5th in Australia, 47th in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 2nd in Australia, 54th in the world

    Studying in Adelaide, SA

    University of Adelaide

    Located along Australia’s south coast the University of Adelaide is the third-oldest tertiary institution in the country. If it sounds a little familiar to you, it’s probably because it has a satellite campus in Singapore, as well as five campuses spread across the state of South Australia. With plenty of open spaces and opportunities for hiking, cycling and foodie trails, Adelaide is the more laidback option than other states. However, UoA has stellar programs – especially in the field of Dentistry and Medicine.

    Fun fact: The University of Adelaide holds the record for being the first Australian university to accept female students, offer science and business degrees, and is the alma mater of Australia’s first female Prime Minister!

    UoA Quick Facts

    Student Population: Approx. 23,905

    International Fees: Avg. A$36,800 to $43,460 for undergraduate studies per annum

    Faculties/Schools: Three academic faculties (the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology)

    Strongest Disciplines: Dentistry, biological sciences, physical sciences, information technology and telecommunications, environmental sciences and social sciences

    QS Ranking 2022: 8th in Australia, 108th in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 7th in Australia, 111th in the world

    Studying in Perth, WA

    University of Western Australia

    Just an easy five-hour flight from Singapore is (rather ironically) the most isolated city in Australia — Perth. Due to its endless stretch of pristine beaches and warm weather, it’s a very appealing option for students looking to relocate. The University of Western Australia (UWA) is the city’s premier university, and is known for its vibrant social and sporting culture. Established in 191l, its heritage-listed grounds along the Swan River just out of the city centre is just the right mix of picturesque and accessibility. The university is also ten minutes away from the CBD. Arts enthusiasts will be particularly interested in the New Fortune Theatre, which is a copy of the original Elizabethan Fortune Theatre (London’s Fortune Playhouse) and houses a family of peafowl.

    UWA Quick Facts

    Student Population: Approx. 19,756 (2021)

    International Fees: Avg. A$33,000 to $42,800 for undergraduate studies per annum (2021)

    Faculties/Schools: Business School, Confucius Institute, Conservatorium of Music, Dental School, Graduate Research School, Graduate School of Education, Law School, Medical School, Oceans Graduate School, School of Allied Health, School of Biological Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Design, School of Earth Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Human Sciences, School of Humanities, School of Indigenous Studies, School of Molecular Sciences, School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing, School of Population and Global Health, School of Psychological Science, School of Social Sciences, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

    Strongest Disciplines: Earth Sciences, Marine Sciences, Social Sciences and Math

    QS Ranking 2022: 7th in Australia, 93rd in the world

    THE Ranking 2022: 8th in Australia, 132nd in the world

    With all the information that’s out there, coming to a decision about university isn’t easy. But there are a couple of things to prioritise to select a course most suited to you. If you have a clear idea of what to study, or whether you want to go into postgraduate research, definitely look at individual subject rankings to see what university will serve you best in that area. But if, like many students, you are unsure of what major to take, look at the course structure instead.

    Some universities offer a broad curriculum that allows you to mix and match subjects and tailor your bachelor’s degree to your interests, giving you some form of flexibility should you change your mind. Keep an eye out for if a uni offers placements and vocational options to improve your employment prospects. And if one of the motivations for moving abroad is that you’d like a change of pace from Singapore, find out more about campus culture and residential colleges so you can immerse yourself in the university community. And whatever you choose, know that rankings aren’t everything — your university experience is what you make of it!

    6 SingLit Books Every Student Should Read

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    Did you know National Library Board solely dedicates a section to Singapore Literature? From Memoirs and Non-Fiction to Fiction, Poetry and many more, Singapore’s literary landscape has drastically grown over the past few years. If you are new to Singapore Literature (SingLit), fret not! Here are six SingLit titles that can boost your reading journey:

    1) Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Inheritance was written by Balli Kaur Jaswal and published in 2013. It is a fictional prose set in the 1970s to the 1990s, during Singapore’s changing political, social and cultural landscape. Balli Kaur Jaswal wrote of the country’s coming-of-age story through a traditional Punjabi family. Told through the Sikh diaspora community in Singapore, the novel centres on constructing an individual’s identity. Inheritance highlights the conflicts and struggles to form a Singaporean identity during the country’s rapid development. Highlighting Singaporean’s struggle to balance their country’s expectations with their own, Inheritance engages with readers on questions of family legacies and questions about one’s sense of belonging. Ultimately, Inheritance raises the question of what makes a Singaporean identity.

    2) Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe

    Ministry of Moral Panic, written by Amanda Lee Koe, was published in 2013. It was hailed as the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for Fiction winner. Ministry of Moral Panic acts as a social commentary on modern Singapore told through a collection of short stories. Positioned in an off-centred fictional world, moral lessons are taught to readers after each story. The short stories touch on familial tensions, surviving in contemporary society, and anxiety about forming human connections, which are issues Singaporeans face at one point. In addition, Amanda Lee Koe dives into the nostalgic memories of Singaporeans to create stories about the intimacy of sexual relationships, interpersonal connections and the question of morality. If you are looking for a quirky yet engaging Singlit title to read, Ministry of Moral Panic could be the one for you.

    3) Lion City by Ng Yi-Sheng

    Lion City by Ng Yi Sheng was published in 2018. This contemporary sci-fi book lies within strange tales of the Lion City. Dive into the world of myths, magical realism and all things eccentric. It is the place where a man discovers that all the animals in the Zoo are robots! Is there a terminal in Changi Airport dedicated to the Gods? A prince falls in love with a crocodile! A concubine lost in time? The island of Singapore disappears! Encapsulated in the form of short stories, award-winning poet and playwright Ng Yi Sheng invites readers to view Singapore in a revolutionary and mysterious way.

    4) This is What Inequality Looks Like by You Yenn Teo

    Curated as a series of essays, this book is an ethnography of inequality that addresses questions raised. The essays are to be read individually but arranged in a way to be of totality and in sequence. This collection aims to give readers an insight into low-income individuals in Singapore. Hence it portrays the connection between our experiences and the structural conditions of inequality. You Yenn Teo urges readers to reflect on the narrative and discourses we involve ourselves in, particularly about inequality and poverty. Essential for readers of all fields aspiring to be more critical when reading narratives about the working class of Singapore.

    5) It Never Rains on National Day by Jeremy Tiang

    Being a debut collection published in 2016, It Never Rains on National Day was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016. Connecting the stories of Singaporeans living abroad into a unified narrative to share how they celebrate and identify with Singapore’s National Day in their unique ways. Readers craving nostalgia and wanting to rediscover their connection to Singapore should pick this up!

    6) Kopi, Puffs & Dreams by Pallavi Gopinath Aney

    Kopi, Puffs & Dreams is a fictional tale about two young men from Palakkad, Puthu and Krishnan, who met aboard a ship bound for Malaya and instantly connected. Over the next two decades, they opened a restaurant in Singapore selling curry puffs and kopi. However, a dark secret looms over Krishnan that threatens to destroy the success of his restaurant. Will the mystery be revealed carelessly? You are in for a treat if you love unexpected twists and turns in a book!

    Undying passion and interest for Singapore Literature?

    If Singapore Literature sounds right up your alley, consider pursuing taking English Literature as a major or even a minor! After completing the required modules in Year 1, you can choose modules such as South Asian Literature and Singapore literature and Culture. In NUS, for example, this is an introductory module or the GCE ‘A’ Level Literature qualification/equivalent as well as a Level 2000 English Lit module. For NTU, you will need to take the HL1001 Introduction to the Study of Literature module, before you can take the HL1005 Introduction to Singapore Literature module. Do check out the various university course pages to learn more about their English Lit offerings! Hope you find the book suggestions helpful, and feel free to leave any questions down below! Have a great time reading!

    Suit up and defend the interwebs with the help of 16 cybersecurity courses

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    Don your armour and get ready, there’s a long battle ahead!

    Well, maybe things aren’t that dramatic, but protecting internet-connected systems (networks! data!) is major business. Singapore recognises this, too, and that’s why there are numerous initiatives in place to help safeguard the internet: Singapore will be contributing 30 million to the upcoming ASEAN-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (ASCCE), for starters, and National Cyberspace Masterplans with key areas underlined for action and improvement (one is ending this year!)

    With cyber-attacks rapidly increasing worldwide, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Singapore alone saw a 54% year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks on organisations, and cybercrime making up 48% of overall crime in 2021[i]. Currently, there is a global shortage of cybersecurity talent, which means many job opportunities lie in wait. If this is a (battle)field you’re keen to explore, mount yer trusty cybersecurity courses and get ready to roll!

    *All course fees are for 2021/22’ intakes and are subject to changes depending on the school. All fees are in SGD unless otherwise stated. This is merely a list and not an endorsement of the courses listed, do conduct sufficient research to make sure a course fits your needs!

    What are some roles employers and organisations are looking/find hard to fill?

    • Cloud Security Specialists
    • Security Operations (SOC) Analysts
    • Security Administrators

    Source: Fortinet 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Global Research Report

    Interesting Schemes/Initiatives

    - Cyber NSF Scheme (MINDEF)

    - Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship Hub (ICE71)

    - SG Cyber Talent programmes

    - The National Integrated Centre for Evaluation (NiCE)



    [i] https://www.csa.gov.sg/News/Publications/singapore-cyber-landscape-2021

    https://www.isc2.org//-/media/ISC2/Research/2022-WorkForce-Study/ISC2-Cybersecurity-Workforce-Study.ashx


    Degrees

    1. National University of Singapore – Bachelor of Technology (Cybersecurity)

    Offered in partnership by NUS’s School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE) and the School of Computing, this degree is for working adults with at least one year of full-time working experience. It aims to equip them with strong knowledge of computer science foundations and fundamentals. The degree only has one intake per year, and you will need a polytechnic diploma qualification or equivalent to apply.

    Curriculum: Modules such as Discrete Structures, Communication for Computing Professionals, Computer Networks and Applications, Professional, Ethical and Social Issues in Computing and so on.

    Duration: 4 years (part-time, maximum candidature is 6 years)

    Course Fees: SGD 24,000 for Singaporeans and $46,240 for PRs after subsidy. International students pay SGD 153,760.

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    2. PSB Academy – Bachelor Of Science With Honours In Cybersecurity

    Awarded by Coventry University, which has been awarded 5 Stars for Teaching (QS Stars University Ratings) and also the top 51st university in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2023), the degree consists of 12 modules. The course brings together a computer science foundation with cybersecurity, digital forensics and more.

    Curriculum: Modules include Computer Forensics, Information Security, Networking, Cryptography, and so on. All learning will also be reinforced through Individual Projects.

    Accreditation: PSB Academy is EduTrust certified. Coventry University is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

    Duration: 16–24 months (maximum candidature 4 years), part-time and full-time available. Classes are typically held 5 times a week.

    Course Fees: SGD 24,652.80 with exemptions (Year 2 Entry), SGD 36,979.20 without exemptions

    Prospects: Graduates from Coventry University’s Cybersecurity degree have found roles in ethical hacking, penetration testing, malware and software security analysis, just to name a few capacities.


    3. Singapore University of Technology and Design – Information Systems Technology and Design pillar (Security Track)

    SUTD promises its students a multidisciplinary and design-centric curriculum, and this is no different for its ISTD students. An ISTD grad, according to SUTD, will stand out from his/her peers through their multi-disciplinary design approach and systematic design approach. They will be able to provide computing solutions that are not only problem-driven, but also technically sound.  Security Track students will take core courses in networks and security, with the option to choose from electives like Blockchain Technology and Systems Security.

    Curriculum: See above

    Duration: 3.5 years

    Course Fees: SGD 13,500 for Singaporeans, 19,050 for PRs and SGD 29,150 for international students with tuition grant per academic year

    Prospects: Jobs as Information Security Analysts, Security Specialists, and so on. Graduates can also go on to pursue higher education, such as SUTD’s Master of Science in Security by Design.

    4. Management Development Institute of Singapore – Bachelor of Science (Hons) Cybersecurity and Networks

    Awarded by Teesside University, which ranked 15th in the University of the Year category of Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018 (part of the Hotcourses Group) and achieved Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017), the degree has a 1:30 ratio for tutorials and practical classes. Lessons are taught by faculty with Masters and PhD’s from schools like NUS and Curtin University of Technology.

    Curriculum: Modules include Information Governance, Network Architecture, Server Administration, Information Security Management and Information Security and Cybercrime, just to name a few.

    Accreditation: MDIS is EduTrust Certified. Teesside University is accredited by the British Computer Society as well as the Chartered Institute for IT Institution of Engineering and Technology.

    Duration: 3 years (direct entry available), Full-time and part-time

    Course Fees: SGD 11,770–31,030 (full-time and part-time) for Singaporeans, SGD 12,305–32,635 (full-time) for foreigners

    Prospects: Graduates can find employment in roles like IT Security Specialist, Network Security Engineer, Security Sofrware Developer and so on.

    5. Kaplan – Bachelor of Information Technology in Cyber Security and Forensics and Business Information Systems

    Awarded by Murdoch University, which achieved a 5-star rating for teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, innovation, and inclusiveness in the QS Stars Assessment 2022, this degree is a double major. It offers students the chance to learn both the theoretical as well as the practical, and aims to impart digital forensic and critical thinking skills, and be able to identify and respond to threats. 

    The degree will expose students for the professional field through an IT Professional Practice Project, which entails working in a team with other students, and consulting with real clients to come up with feasible solutions real-world cybersecurity problems. Students will also be eligible for a Student Membership with the Centre of Strategic Cyberspace and International Studies (CSCIS)

    Curriculum: Modules such as Introduction to ICT Research Methods, Databases, Cyber Forensics and Information Technology, Enterprise Architectures and more

    Accreditation: Kaplan is EduTrust Certified. 

    Duration: 16–28 months (full-time and part-time options available)

    Course Fees: SGD 24,147.76–27,597.44 for Singaporeans and PRs. SGD 32,014.40 for international students

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    Diplomas

    1. Nanyang Polytechnic – Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

    Nanyang Polytechnic’s Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics promises to equip its graduates with knowledge in phishing, encryption, steganography, digital forensics, zero-day attacks, system hardening and enterprise security. The polytechnic’s School of Information Technology was established in 1993, and the school offers overseas internship opportunities, industry exposure (>100 industry partners and >250 industry projects) and opportunities to obtain professional certifications.


    Curriculum: Modules such as Design Thinking, Principles of UX Design, Software Engineering as well as Infosecurity Standards, Policies & Audit. During Year 3, students have the option of pursuing either the Cybersecurity Track or the Cyber Forensics Track

    Duration: 3 years

    Course Fees: SGD 3,087 for Singaporeans, SGD 6,317 for PRs, SGD 11,541.60 for international students

    Prospects: NYP Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Graduates can go on to further study, or take up roles such as Security Engineers/Executives, Security Operation Testers, Cybersecurity Analysts, as well as Incident/Forensics/Threat Investigator in many sectors—whether private, public, or otherwise.

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    2. Temasek Polytechnic – Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

    Temasek Polytechnic’s Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics promises to open the door to many opportunities for its students. Its lecturers comprise of Certified Information System Auditors (CISA) and Certified Information System Security Professionals (CISSP), students can anticipate internship opportunities with organisations such as KPMG and Symantec, and students will be able to attain professional certifications such as RedHat Certified System Administrator/Engineer (RHCSA/ RHCE), Certified Ethical Hacker, Cisco CCNA or Huawei HCIA.

    Curriculum: Coding principles and practices, data analytics, data structures and algorithms, network security technologies and so on.

    Duration: 3 years

    Course Fees: With tuition grant: SGD 3,041.60 per academic year for Singaporean students below 40, SGD 6,241.16 for PRs and SGD 11,464.10 for international students

    Prospects: According to Temasek Polytechnic, grads will have good employment opportunities in the government/finance sectors as well as in consulting firms and local/MNCs. Roles you could take up include Security Penetration Tester, Security Operation Analyst, Incident/Forensic/Threat investigator as well as IT Security Auditor.

    Graduates can also go on to pursue further education in higher institutions (there have been grads that secured places in universities such as Carnegie-Mellon) or go for the Earn & Learn Programme.


    3. Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

    Students taking Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics will experience studying as part of a small, tight cohort (the planned intake for 2018 was 60). The Diploma promises industry exposure through masterclasses by Information Security Professionals and internship opportunities at organisations such as Microsoft and CrimsonLogic. Students will also be exposed to the Security Development Lifecycle and be able to attain the CompTIA Security+ professional certification.

    Curriculum: Take modules such as Ethical Hacking, Cryptography, Vulnerabilities 101, Network Security and Secure Software Development.

    Duration: 3 years

    Course Fees: With tuition grant: SGD 3,000 per academic year for Singaporeans, SGD 6,200 for PRs and SGD 11,400 for international students

    Prospects: Possible careers for NP’s grads include becoming security analyst/engineers, digital forensics investigators, security software developers, penetration testers or malware analysts in security agencies and various IT security/solutions/consulting companies.


    4. Singapore Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security Management

    Slightly different from the other polytechnic Diplomas, Singapore Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security Management caters to working professionals in the infocomm industry that are looking to pick up specialised skills in infocomm security. The Diploma comprises of two Professional Development Certificates (in Infocomm Security and Defences as well as Security Incident Management) that have to be taken within a two year period.

    Curriculum: Consists of 4 modules. They are: Infocomm Security and Network Essentials, Cyber Defence and Range Exercises, Digital Forensics and Investigation as well as Security Policy and Incident Management. Module synopses can be found here.

    Duration: Course hours add up to 270.

    Course Fees: SGD 1,001.04 for Singaporeans below 40, SGD 2,669.44 for PRs and SGD 6,673.59 for other students. SME Training grant and Workfare support training schemes are also available for this Diploma.

    Short Courses

    1. Lithan Academy – Express Cyber Security

    Learn Cyber Security fundamentals to protect current threat landscape by demonstrating hardening tactics to make a breach more difficult and costly for a hacker to execute and learn early threat detection, classify the extent of a system breach and respond to security incident effectively to minimize the business impact. Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents can receive up to 70% funding from SkillsFuture Singapore and further subsidies using your SkillsFuture credit and Post-Secondary Education Account. 

    Curriculum: Expect modules such as Cybersecurity Planning, Cybersecurity Administration, Host and Cloud Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Implementation and Cybersecurity Management Capstone Project

    Accreditation: Microsoft Certified, Statements of Attainment by SSG, Singapore

    Duration: 5 weeks part time / 2 weeks full time per module , 302.5 hours

    Course Fees
    S$15,000 (excluding misc. Fees);
    S$4,500 after SkillsFuture Funding (excluding GST);

    Job Placement Assistance :  Help 500 locals (Singaporeans & PRs) found their dream careers every year.

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    2.ST Engineering Cybersecurity Academy (STECA) – Cyber Security Operations Specialist course

    This course was “developed by practitioners for practitioners” (cyber security professionals, network administrators, compliance managers, etc.). The goal is to teach cybersecurity concepts to course takers and getting them familiar with the functions of security products such as Wireshark, and get them response ready in the event of cyber-attacks. Assessments consist of written tests (incident reports, exams) and practical performances.

    Curriculum: Get introduced to network security devices, monitoring tools, attack methodologies, and have exposure to real-world cyber attack scenarios, amongst other things

    Accreditation: ST Electronics Cyber Security Centre has attained the Approved Training Organisation status from WDA, and is also the first official training provider for (ISC)²’s Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) Common Body of Knowledge (CBK®) training in Singapore.

    Duration: 5 days, from 9-5:30pm

    Course Fees: $2000 (pre-GST), SkillsFuture claimable


    3. SUSS – Introduction to Cybersecurity

    Designed for those with little to no knowledge of the field, the Introduction to Cybersecurity course is taught by an adjunct lecturer at SUSS with over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Participants will learn about three key aspects: a general overview, technical considerations as well as organisation practices and processes. The course is capped off with a quiz to reinforce all learning.

    Curriculum: Covers topics such as secure workplace practices, application security, network security and more

    Duration: 1 day (conducted online via Zoom)

    Course Fees: SGD 695.50 (with GST, as low as SGD 78.65 with relevant subsidies)


    4. Harvard short online course – Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age

    Offered by Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, in association with HarvardX, this short course is targeted at leaders, technology specialists aspiring to a leadership role, as well as security specialists desiring to upskill. The course does not focus on technical know-how, but rather “how to assess and mitigate specific vulnerabilities within an organisation’s networks, systems, and data…in order to protect…their digital assets”. The course is taught through interactive content, weekly group discussions and class-wide forums, as well as quiz assessments and assignment submissions.

    Curriculum: Apart from the orientation module, there are 8 weekly modules. These are: Cybersecurity risk is business risk, Identifying the threats to an organization, Identifying important business systems and assets, The crucial role of leadership in managing cyber risk, Understanding your technology, Cyber risk and the law, Incident response and accountability as well as Designing and implementing a mitigation strategy.

    Accreditation: NA

    Duration: 8 weeks, 8-11 hours per week

    Course Fees: USD 2,900 (approx SGD 4,083)


    5. SUTD – Foundation of Cybersecurity 

    This foundation course can be taken as a standalone course. It can also be taken as a module that makes up either the SUTD Graduate Certificate in Systems and Networking Security or the ModularMaster in Cybersecurity. Open to both newcomers as well as current industry professionals, the course will cover content such as cryptanalysis and secure multiparty computations. There will be projects and examinations as part of coursework.

    Curriculum: Cryptographic primitives, common attacker models, and other core concepts

    Accreditation: Kaplan is EduTrust certified.

    Duration: 6 days

    Course Fees: SGD 5,778 (SGD 653.40–1,733.40 after relevant subsidies)


    5. 
    Temasek Polytechnic – Introduction to Cybersecurity

    If what you want is a quicker primer on cybersecurity, or a resource you can share with others to explain why cybersecurity is important, this is a course you can explore. Open to all, the course shares more about the field via short online video lessons and enforces knowledge with quick tests and assessments. Course finishers will be issued with an electronic certificate of completion.

    Curriculum: Introduction to cybersecurity, history of cybersecurity, types of malware, threat and hackers as well as the ‘CIA triad’ and ‘IAAA framework’

    Duration: 10 to 15 lessons, each 15 mins long. The course has no expiry date

    Course Fees: SGD 49.99 (SkillsFuture Credit claimable)


    Masters

    1. Singapore Institute of Management (General Education) –  Master of Science in Cyber Security and Management

    Offered by the University of Warwick (79th in Times Higher Education Rankings and 54th in QS World University Ranking 2019), the Master of Science in Cyber Security and Management is fully taught by staff from the University. Lessons are a mix of interactive lectures, activities and exercises (role-play, for example) combined with on the job/in-company assignments and projects culminating in a 20,000 word dissertation.

    Curriculum: Expect modules such as Cryptosystems & Data Protection, Cryptosystems & Data Protection, and Digital Forensics

    Accreditation: SIM GE is Edutrust certified and is a member of the Singapore Association for Private Education (SAPE).

    Duration: 18 months

    Course Fees: SGD 35,952.00

    Prospects: Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in companies and organizations such as Accenture, PWC, Facebook, and CISCO, serving in capacities such as Marketing Specialists, Network Consulting Engineers, and Cyber Security Consultants.

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