If you are thinking about pursuing your tertiary education in the UK, then you are in good company.
Mr Shabir Aslam (below), director of education at the British Council, says that there are currently 8,000 Singapore students studying in the UK, with around 2,500 to 3,000 new students choosing UK universities as their choice for higher education every year.
He says: “Studying in the UK offers a holistic learning experience through its well-rounded curriculum and also great lifestyle options to help them live independently and grow as a person.”
A quality education, impressive faculty and a recognised university name are some important criteria students place high on their list of priorities when it comes to deciding on a university.
According to Mr Aslam, there are currently four UK universities ranked in the 2019 QS World University Ranking’s world’s top 10 universities, with a total of 18 UK universities in the global top 100 ranking.
He adds: “The UK universities’ degree programmes are attractive to those who want to graduate with a globally-recognised qualification that affords them upwards mobility in the working world.”
UK Universities’ curriculum tends to be more specialised and focused on prepping students for their chosen career path, unlike the more liberal arts education programmes offered by many American universities where students can dive into a variety of subjects, so it’s important for students to know which type of learning and environment suits them best to make the right choice of study destination.
They can quickly adapt to the workforce upon graduation, which gives them an advantage over other fresh graduates and is a huge plus in today’s highly competitive workforce.
Many universities in the UK also place great emphasis on industry links to give students real-life exposure to various industries. He says that UK-based companies such as Dyson and Rolls-Royce work closely with universities’ research departments.
Another advantage is that some UK universities offer three-year bachelors degree programmes with honours when compared to similar programmes that can only be completed in four years in local, US or some Australian Universities.
For those who are interested to pursue their studies in the UK, the British Council will be hosting the Study UK Fair 2019.
The Study UK Fair will feature over 50 Exhibitors with over 40 UK Universities represented. Students and parents can talk directly to UK University representatives including academics and answer queries on their choice of curriculum, application process, location, campus, accommodation, fees and more.
The Study UK Fair 2019, now in its 10th year, will be at the Suntec Convention Centre (Level 3) on March 2, from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
This article was first published in The Straits Times on Feb 23, 2019.