28 Oct '11, 3am

Singapore could draw inspiration from Finnish education system: Minister of State for Education

HELSINKI - In Finland, a student may take many different paths before finally getting his university degree. Very often, an undergraduate in a Finnish university is not one who is straight out of high school. Instead, he could be a mid-career adult, or someone who has invested time in a couple of courses, before settling on his final discipline of interest. The varied pathways to getting a degree is made possible with Finland's unique dual higher education system, with 16 research universities and 25 polytechnics. Unlike Singapore, Finland's polytechnics, known as universities of applied sciences, also issue degrees. There are no tuition fees in Finland. As Singapore looks to diversify the number of university pathways, Minister of State for Education, Mr Lawrence Wong, visited Finland this week to glean some insights into its education system. Mr Wong heads the committee ...

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