Singapore’s Digital Education Journey:
Ramandeep Kaur

Hi Ramandeep, you have given a very great example of collaboration with top global universities in Singapore. Singapore is home to the education and selection of recently established collaborations, bringing together many leading institutions and universities around the world. As known, Singapore only had two public universities before 2000, and it has six public universities now. With sudden growth of population (5.5 million) in Singapore during the past decades, six public universities are still far less enough to cater people’s needs. Thus, universities collaboration is a great idea. Besides, universities collaboration is not only offering the local students, but also attracting many international students. To some extent, more students from worldwide are coming in Singapore, which will also be beneficial to the economics. Many neighbor countries like Malaysia, Vietnam have similar initiatives, such as RMIT Vietnam, Monash University Malaysia, Swinburne University Malaysia.

New Zealand’s education is always in demand, especially for Asian students. Why doesn’t New Zealand absorb the great idea of universities collaboration? Perhaps, New Zealand could provide “remote / distance education” that utilizes only internet. It basically requires overseas students to attend the course via internet, but students need not come to New Zealand physically. Also, overseas students do not need to spend on accommodation and high currency exchange, etc.

We can’t deny universities collaboration is excellent, however, some issues we also need to consider. One of the impacts that I can think of is the quality of the universities, because universities may use different educational standards. To collaborate universities together means that either university needs to compromise other one’s standards and eventually either university may lose its own uniqueness.

Look forward to your next blog, cheers.