31 Jan '12, 9pm

Just having a university degree is no guarantee of "a job and job success": Education Minister

SINGAPORE - Would the increase in university intake and the coming fourth university dilute the quality of a degree? This was a concern undergraduates raised to Education Minister Heng Swee Keat last night during an inaugural ministerial forum organised by the Singapore Management University (SMU). Mr Heng assured the students that their degree would not be diluted and a degree's worth "goes beyond economic value". The aim in expanding the tertiary education sector is to ensure there is a "critical mass", which is "critical to everything we do", explained the minister. "A bigger talent pool attracts more jobs to Singapore," he added. He also reminded the 300 students present that a university degree was "not a guarantee of a job and of job success". They would have to be mentally prepared for both good and bad times. In his opening speech, Mr Heng asked students to address...

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