14 Aug '11, 1pm

PM: Having foreign students in local unis raises local students' standards So we not smart enough on our own lah?

SINGAPORE - More places for Singaporeans in universities, while the proportion of foreign students will be gradually reduced over the years as their enrolment levels are capped. With unhappiness over the feeling that it is no longer "Singaporeans first" when it comes to places at local universities, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made this pledge at the National Day Rally. Even as he stressed that admitting foreign students has not been done at the expense of local students, Mr Lee said that the primary objective of Singapore's universities is to nurture local talent. "We have to strike the right balance between local and foreign students," he said. Some 2,000 university places will be added over the next four years - equivalent to more than one whole new Singapore Management University - and all of these places will go to Singaporeans. Meanwhile, foreign enrolment levels ...

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