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Does the Ministry of Education have a list of accredited overseas universities? How do we find out if the degree qualifications awarded by these universities are recognized in Singapore?
The Ministry of Education does not have a list of accredited overseas universities. There is also no central authority in Singapore that assesses or grants recognition for degrees obtained from overseas universities. The reason is that the employer should be the one deciding whether a degree-holder has the qualities desired for the job and the qualification most relevant to his needs. The employer is in the best position to decide how much value he will assign to a person's qualification.
However, in selecting an overseas institution for undergraduate degree studies, it is advisable that students establish whether the institution is a bona fide educational establishment. Such enquiries may be made at the Embassy/High Commission of the country where the university is located.
Professional degrees such as those in engineering, medicine, law, and accountancy should be those recognized by the respective professional bodies. For example, a person with an engineering degree from an overseas university who intends to seek registration as a professional engineer in Singapore will have to check whether the institution that awards the qualification is recognized by the Professional Engineers Board.
In the case of overseas universities offering courses here through local agents, the institutions concerned and their agents are responsible for all aspects of the programmes. It is advisable for students interested in enrolling for such courses to find out as much as possible about the programmes from the institutions or agents, before enrolling in them.
If you need information on acceptance of overseas universities for employment in the Civil Service, please read the FAQs available on the
Are tuition/enrichment centres required to be registered with MOE?
Businesses which are operating as tuition / enrichment centres are to be registered with MOE. A 'school' is defined in the statute relating to education and registration of schools as an organisation for the provision of education for 10 or more persons; or a place where 10 or more persons are being or are habitually taught, whether in one or more classes; or in the case of a correspondence school, the place or places where instruction is prepared or where answers are examined or corrected.
For more information on Private Schools, you may refer to our website at:
What can the PSEA funds be used for?
The PSEA funds can be used to pay for tuition fees of qualifying programmes conducted by the list of institutions as shown
What are other options for obtaining a university education besides the Autonomous Universities?
Besides the programmes offered by our Autonomous Universities, students may consider pursuing publicly-funded part-time or full-time degree programmes offered by SIM University (UniSIM). UniSIM has a wide range of part-time programmes in various disciplines, which include Business, Human Development and Social Services, and Science and Technology.
MOE also subsidises selected degree programmes that the arts institutions (i.e. the LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)) offer in partnership with overseas universities, such as NAFA’s Bachelor of Music programme with the Royal College of Music and LASALLE’s degree programmes with Goldsmiths, University of London.
MOE's fee subsidies are generally for first-time degree students.
Will the government top-up my PSEA annually?
In good years, the Government will top-up the PSEA of eligible Singaporeans. The Government has announced four top ups since 2008. The quantum would depend on the age of the person and the annual valuation (AV) of the home in the year of the payout. By September 2010, a secondary student would have received top-ups of up to $1,900 in his PSEA to use for post-secondary education.
As part of MINDEF's National Service Recognition Award (NSRA) for SCs, eligible National Servicemen (NSmen) will receive an additional top-up to the PSEA of up to $3,500 when they complete their NSF training.
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