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Tuition fee hike at four varsities; polys, ITE to follow
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Tuition fee hike at four varsities; polys, ITE to follow

SINGAPORE – Four public universities have raised tuition charges – by as much as S.N per cent – for Singapore residents enrolling in educational yr 2014 (AY2014), with some establishments implementing steeper hikes for everlasting residents (PRs) and worldwide college students.

Fees will even be going up on the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has raised charges for common programs by P.S per cent to R$S,850. Popular programs resembling enterprise, dentistry, regulation and drugs noticed greater hikes of O.O to S.N per cent, with charges for the regulation programme rising S.N per cent to R$eleven,650 per yr.

NUS Provost Tan Eng Chye, who can also be Deputy President (Academic Affairs), stated the charge adjustment was essential to defray the upper prices of expertise, provides and providers, and to assist NUS higher meet the wants and expectations of scholars.

Three different public universities additionally noticed various hikes in tuition charges for the tutorial yr. At Nanyang Technological University (NTU), charges for basic levels will improve P.H per cent to J$S,850. Exceptions embrace the enterprise and accountancy undergraduate diploma programmes, which can see charges rise A per cent to J$H,850.

Singapore’s second medical faculty, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, will cost J$31,500 yearly, H per cent greater than what it charged its pioneer cohort.

NTU stated in a press release that the charges have been revised to make sure college students proceed to obtain top quality schooling on the college. “The charge revision will even assist to partially defray annual inflationary prices,” it stated.

At the Singapore Management University (SMU), charges for all diploma programmes will improve by P per cent. A spokesperson stated the hike is required to take care of its small seminar-fashion courses – as much as 50 individuals – the place college students obtain “individualised consideration”.

Singapore’s latest public college, the Singapore University of Technology and Design, has additionally raised charges for Singaporean residents to J$eleven,650, a A per cent improve from final yr.

Both NTU and NUS careworn that their new charges stay aggressive in contrast with abroad programmes. All 4 universities additionally stated that monetary assist schemes can be found to those that want them.

With the exception of 2009, college charges have been growing virtually yearly. The Government stated beforehand that it might have extra frequent however smaller payment will increase moderately than a hefty hike each few years.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Education (MOE) introduced vital will increase in bursaries and better revenue eligibility thresholds for college kids learning in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) from AY2014.

The enhancement, which can value the Government J$147 million extra per yr, is predicted to succeed in college students in as much as two-thirds of all Singaporean households, bringing the whole variety of college students eligible for presidency bursaries in IHLs to round one hundred twenty,000 yearly.

Noting the adjustment in tuition charges on Thursday, an MOE spokesperson stated the improved bursaries “will greater than cowl” the payment will increase for polytechnics, ITE and common undergraduate programs.

The spokesperson additionally stated that present college students admitted earlier than AY2014 won’t be affected by the modifications.

SOURCE: TODAY

Tuition fee hike at four varsities; polys, ITE to follow
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