Lion City seeks brightest seeks brightest
DEMAND from tertiary institutions in Singapore for academically competent Hong Kong students is increasing - thanks to the keen competition for places from locals.
The country's two universities - National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University - offer Hong Kong students a wide range of degree courses to choose from, covering arts/social sciences, business administration, accountancy, estate management and law.
Students willing to join non-degree courses can apply to the Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic and the National Institute of Education.
An open university degree programme was recently introduced by the Singapore Institute of Management to cater for the needs of part-time students.
Unlike Hong Kong's academic year which starts in September, most tertiary institutions in Singapore commence studies in July.
Upon obtaining their Advanced-Level results, Hong Kong students can apply for admission to the universities in early March. The deadline is usually the end of the month.
Candidates who do not obtain their A-Level results by that time should apply in March the next year, considering that the universities' admission exercise is normally carried out in May - two months before the release of A-Level results.
As for polytechnics, students can apply by buying application packages from respective polytechnics through mail order and sending them directly to the polytechnics.
The minimum entry requirement for most three-year diploma courses in the polytechnics is the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Certificate or its equivalent, such as the HKCEE, whereas two-year diploma courses require Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level or its equivalent such as the Hong Kong A-Levels.
Since the closing date for application is also end of March each year, students intending to join the two-year courses can submit their A-Level results to the polytechnics once they have obtained them.
Such arrangement does not apply to Temasek Polytechnic, which does not offer equivalent two-year courses for students.
The National Institute of Education (NIE), the only teacher training institute in the country, requires similar entry requirements as those for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science courses at the universities.
The institute also offers post-graduate diploma courses in education/physical education.
Students should have obtained a degree from either of the two Singapore universities or other universities whose degrees are recognised by the Education Service Commission of Singapore.
Hong Kong students interested in undergraduate study awards tenable at the two universities should look out for advertisements placed in Hong Kong newspapers in January each year with a re-run in February/March.
Application forms are available at the Singapore Commission in Hong Kong (Units 901-2, Admiralty Centre Tower 1, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong). Completed forms, together with relevant documents/certificates, should be sent directly to the Public Service Commission (PSC) at City Hall 4th storey, St Andrew's Road, Singapore 0617.
Shortlisted candidates for merit scholarships and merit bursaries - worth S$5,000 (about $26,435) and S$3,200 per academic year plus tuition fees, respectively - will be interviewed by a PSC officer in Hong Kong in early June.
In 1994, 19 Hong Kong students were offered PSC undergraduate study awards.
THE Ministry of Education is offering secondary schooling and pre-university scholarships which are tenable in Singapore's secondary schools and junior colleges, respectively.
Application for the Ministry's scholarships will open in February with examinations and interviews to be held in May and August, respectively.
For more information, call the Singapore Commission on 2527-2212 or 2527-2214.