Higher Education In Your Country!!

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  1. scifi

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    Hi! Friends
    Well we are from different countries with different backgrounds!!!!
    So I thought it would be better if all of us can share the information on higher education in our country!!!

    I am from India & here though literacy rate is lower than some of the developed countries but higher education is much cheaper than them.
    One can go for engineering or medical field or management field etc. on the basis of some aptitude tests conducted at national level after completing his 12th standard schooling.
    Well ordinary graduation through science & commerce fields is comparitively easy here so as to give opportunity to every one to attain higher education...

    What is the status of higher education in your country & WHAT are the procedure or norms for the same.??
     
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    The Irish education system has traditionally been very good. I'm not a big supporter of the Catholic Church to be honest, but their role in education in Ireland has been significant over the last couple of hundred years and has to be recognised.

    Ireland has been struggling to encourage more students to study science and engineering courses, on the basis that the availability of these types of graduates is required to encourage multi-national companies to invest and create jobs here.

    The Irish government has been criticised recently for introducing some cut-backs in education. The government says that these cut-backs are required, because of the recession.

    Personally I agree with the criticism because I feel that education cut-backs are a short term gain. A strong education system is probably the most essential ingredient for the long term economic growth of any country.

    Primary and secondary education is free in Ireland. Third level education is largely free, however some small registration fees do apply.
     
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    Wow, it's good to hear that primary and secondary education is free in Ireland. Primary education here is free too but you still have to pay for miscellaneous costs and school stuff which can be quite expensive. Since it's free, the government even passed the Compulsory Education Act, which makes education for children of primary school age compulsory. So it is considered a criminal offense if parents fail to enroll their children in school and ensure their regular attendance.

    After Primary 6, the students have to take the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). This exam will determine whether the student is ready to leave primary school. Upon passing and based on the results, this will also determine which secondary education stream the students will go to: "Special", "Express", "Normal (Academic)", or "Normal (Technical)". "Special" and "Express" are 4 year courses while "Normal" are 5 year courses.

    After 4 or 5 years of secondary school, the students have to take the GCE 'O' Level which will determine if they are qualified to enter pre-universities or post-secondary institutions.

    Pre-universities are a 2-year course that will lead to GCE 'A' level which in turn will determine whether the student will be accepted in a University.

    Other post-secondary institutions are Polytechnics which provide a 3-year diploma course and those with good grades can further their tertiary education in Universities.

    It's quite confusing isn't it? It's also quite hard to enter a University here in Singapore. With education as being the priority of parents and our government alike, it's no wonder that Singapore has the most number of people wearing glasses. We have the most number of short-sighted people in the world.
     
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    Hi! Nazreen
    It seems from your description of education system in Singapore that the basic structure of education is very strong right from the primary to higher level.
    It is good to know that it also gives opportunity to both bright & normal students accordingly as evident from courses like Special, Express,Normal etc.
    It is really a very good feature of your education system.
    Nazreen I would also like to know specialty courses that can be studied from Singapore....
     
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    Fergal you have not mentioned about different criteria & norms in your education system...Like whether there is any test to go from primary to secondary or Secondary to Higher education... any type of course which can be studied in IRELAND for which it offers excellent quality education???
     
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    What do you mean by specialty courses Scifi? Are you referring to medical specialists or vocational (technical) specialty courses. There are also Masters with some specialization in some area? I'm afraid that your question is too broad and general, so if you have a course in mind, that will help narrow things down a bit.
     
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    I mean to say which degree course can be done from Singapore which has very good reputation not only in Singapore but also in around the world like medical, engineering, commerce, MBA, Law etc. as UK is famous for it's MBA, likewise .
     
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    Here in the Philippines, education is never free. Unless, you are a scholar wherein you have to maintain your average grade of 97 in all subjects. Education is somehow expensive here depending on what course you're taking. I'm speaking about college. Talking about education, Philippines is known for its Medical Courses. Many medical graduates from universities here found a greener pasture in other country. Philippines is also known for its quality education. Many foreign students are here to study, not to mention Koreans, Chinese, Thailanders and Indians.:)
     
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    Nazreen, the system you describe in Singapore, is very similar to the education system in the UK. Is this a legacy from colonial rule?

    Primary school students do ongoing tests and assessments. However, these are only at school level and are not nationally graded. There are two major state exams in secondary school these are the Junior Cert which is done about half way through secondary school (when the student is 14 or 15) and the Leaving Cert which is done at the end. Your ability to get a college / third level place is largely determined by your results in your Leaving Cert.

    Up to a few decades ago we had a "Primary Exam" at the end of primary school. This is similar to what Nazreen described for Singapore. Pupils would have done this exam when they were about 12. Many of the older generation in Ireland would say that our education system suffered when this exam was abolished. Personally I think that 12 years old is very young and that children will have enough stresses soon enough in life, without worrying about exams before they even reach their teens.

    Ireland would have strengths in the provision of business and medical education at third level. Many foreign students attend Irish universities to complete courses in these subjects. The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin would have a very strong international reputation in the medical arena. Trinity College Dublin also has a strong international reputation. However, we don't have any universities that would have the standing of say Harvard or MIT.
     
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    We have 2 major universities here in Singapore and they're both acclaimed worldwide. These are National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. We also have Singapore Management University which is mainly a Business Management School. There are a lot of courses and specializations so I cannot mention them all here. You might want to visit the universities' websites to see what you're looking for.

    Yes Fergal, Malaysia and Singapore were British colonies before. That's why our education system is the same with that of the UK.
     
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    NTU AND NUS are superb universities, we had a class from one of their professors and the facilities they have are wonderful. Lot of my friends do PG in NUS and NTU... They even have a MIT and NUS scholar exchange program, they admit lot of Indian students into their research program better than US :)

    Singapore is great for education
     
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    I agreed with scifi. In India higher education is cheaper than other country. It is more convenient for student. Because of this reason more students wants to learn in India. in India lots of management course engg. and medical course.
     
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    Unfortunately the situation with Third Level Education in Ireland may be changing. Hopefully not too drastically to screw over us students who haven't got a money tree or deep pockets :eek:
     
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    The government have been considering this for quite some time and they really need to make a decision on it. I hope they don't do anything that will make it more difficult for students to attend college. College students are our future and the country needs them if we are to compete in the global economy. The quality of Ireland's educated work force has been a major factor in the number of multi-national companies that located here and it would be a great shame to lose that competitive factor.
     
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    I have a friend in Philippines and she's free in her education because of high grades - she's a scholar in academics.
     
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    good information & thanks for sharing your views here.
     
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    Hello

    In india there is a National Agency for Qualifications in Higher Education
    and punjab University Partnership with Economic and Social Environment.

    Thanks
     
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    Yes, Philippines is offering free education through scholarships. My cousin from the Philippines is a government scholar and shes taking up Bachelor in Elementary Education in a city college there.
     

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