21 Oct '11, 4pm

Foreign students make up 18% of local university intake in 2011

SINGAPORE: International students make up 18 per cent of the total undergraduate intake in Singapore's universities for the academic year 2011. Their proportion varies by faculty, from around one per cent in the highly popular Medicine and Law courses to 27 per cent in Science and Engineering. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said this in a written reply to MP Ang Wei Neng's queries in Parliament on the foreign student intake in universities. Mr Heng said Science and Engineering courses produce much-needed manpower for key industries but are "less popular with talented Singaporeans". On school fees, a small proportion of foreign students pay the full amount and do not enjoy any subsidies. The rest are on the Tuition Grant scheme, which helps to defray their fees. International students who receive the tuition grant pay fees that are about 70 per cent higher than those pai...

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