Saturday, November 24, 2012

London School of Business and Finance

   London school of business and finance which is one of the most popular university in UK  and has its presence in four cities in UK, Canada is now making inroads in Singapore, thanks to its reputation of nurturing world leaders in the field of banking and finance. It has students from across 150 countries worldwide. Using innovative approach and a positive learning environment coupled with high standards of teaching, LSBF offers  course study for the prestigious ACCA qualification. They offer exam based materials, have excellent and experienced tutors, flexible study hours and many more provisions to help the student pass the ACCA exam. They offer various entry points to undergraduates and graduates to take the ACCA exam.
The courses offered are:

  • Preparatory courses for ACCA
  • ACCA oxford/brookes university(Brookes University BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting programme.)
  • Foundations in Accountancy
  • English programmes
  • Executive education.

For graduate entry level, there are certain exemptions.
    The entry requirement for the Professional Examination Route are:

  • 18 years old and above
  • Two GCE 'A' Levels and three GCE 'O' Levels or their equivalent (in five separate subjects including English and Mathematics)
  • Polytechnic Diploma
  • Recognised University degree
  • LCCI - Passed three Level 3 subjects (or a Group Diploma) plus two Level 2 subjects (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics
  • Preparatory Course for ACCA - Diploma in Accounting and Business

The fee works out to roughly around S $ 10,000 for the entire course. Ofcourse the is additional cost for the revision courses. 
   Course duration for preparatory course for ACCA:
Full-time: 4 Months, 3 hours per session, Monday - Friday
Part-time: 4 Months per paper, 3 hours per week

  Operating hours:
Monday - friday: 9 am to 9 pm 
Saturdays: 9 am to 1 pm

How to get there: @Finlayson Green
1 Finlayson Green #07-00, Singapore 049246
Tel:  +65 6580 7700
Fax: +65 6438 2478
Directions to 1 Finlayson Green
By Bus:  The nearest is Bus Stop No. 03019 (Clifford Pier). Services available include 196, 196e, 531, 546, 587, 590, 598, 700.
By Train:  The nearest MRT Station is NS26/EW14-Raffles Place Station. Take Exit I and turn right to the entrance of 1 Finlayson Green.

LSBF @ GB building:
GB Building 143 Cecil Street
#23-00 & #24-00
Singapore 069542
Directions to GB Building
By Bus:   The nearest is Bus Stop No. 03151 (Cecil Street opp GB Building). Services available include 57, 131, 167, 186, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 542, 543, 548, 549, 550, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 569, 700 and 970.
By Train:   The nearest MRT Station is EW15-Tanjong Pagar Station. Take Exit F and turn left towards Capital Tower.
Phone: +65 6580 7700
Log on to for more details.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Technische University Munchen (TUM)

    TUM (Technical University of Munich) was founded in 1868 and is one of the reputed universities in the science and engineering stream. It has maintained its leading position in world rankings. According to European Commission which  compiled a list of universities in the EU ,the top two research universities are Cambridge and Oxford followed by Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Technical University Munich (Germany) at 3rd and 4th places.In addition to this, TMU is ranked the first in Germany and 53rd overall in the world.
   It is not surprising that TUM extended its growth by venturing into Singapore,which excels in education, by offering a Master degree course in a joint venture with National University of Singapore. Additionally, TUM offers courses to undergraduate students too in joint programme with Singapore Institute of Technology.
TUM Asia, in collaboration with SIT, offers 2 degree programmes:
• Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
• Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
The fee works out to around S$ 80,000 for 3 years for an international applicant.(around S$14,100 per semester * 6 semesters)
The operating hours are  9 am to 6 pm Monday- friday

German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia Pte. Ltd.
10 Central Exchange Green
#03-01, Pixel Building
Singapore 138649

Tel: +65 67777407

How to get there:
Take the Circle Line.
1. Alight from One North MRT Station (CC23)
2. Exit through Portsdown Road
3. Walk to the building diagonally opposite the MRT Station.

TUMs university partners are:

Nanyang Technological

National University of Singapore...

Singapore Institute of

For more details check out

Monday, September 24, 2012

SIT Joint venture with Glasgow school of Art

      Last month, The Singapore Institute of Technology(SIT) was declared as a local university offering publically funded degree programmes. Now, SIT has signed its first partnership with Glasgow School of Art to offer two new Bachelor of Arts degree in communication design and interior design.
      The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is one of Europe’s leading higher education institutions for creative education and research in design, fine art and architecture.
The courses offered are:
1.Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design
                There are three distinct specialisms in Communication Design at the GSA:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography   

2. Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design
         These courses are primarily for those who have completed the polytechnic or have industry experience. Unlike their counterparts in Glasgow who have to start in Year 1,students in Singapore will start from Year 3 and graduate with Honours after two years. Undergraduates will also spend time in Glasgow to exchange ideas and concepts.Currently, about 100 undergraduates are pursuing the new degrees. SIT hopes to double this number by 2015.

The fees ranges from:  (for 3 semesters per year for 2 years)
Singapore Citizens=$ 3250*6=$19500
Singapore Permanent Residents=$6500*6=$39000
International Students= $8720*6= $52320
The above fee is not applicable for non-relevant diploma holders/A-Level/other qualifications (equivalent to A-Level). Visit website for updated fee structure and more course details.

For enquiries call:

Tel:+65 6592 1189 (Main Line)
Tel:+65 6592 1136 (Undergraduate Student Admission Matters)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Curtin University

  Curtin University Singapore is an off shore campus of Australia's Curtin University. Curtin Singapore offers a wide range of undergraduate, post graduate, pathway programmes and english language programmes. They provide quality education ,committed to excellence, like those offered in their Bentley campus. The students can opt to trasfer their programme to other Curtin campus in Sydney or Perth giving them an international edge.
The Undergraduate courses include:

Bachelor of Commerce: 
This is the principle course and internationally  recognised qualification in the Asia Pacific region.
   Single majors:

  • Accounting
  • International Business
  • Marketing

Double majors:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Finance and Marketing
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Management and Marketing
  • Management and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Marketing and Public Relations

Fees for the courses is around $50,000 for the entire course.
Intake for the courses is March, July, November.

Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication).
   This course trains the students with skills and knowledge for a career in the media industry. This is a top up course for students with a polytechnic background.
Fees is around $16,000 for the 8 month course.
Intake is in July.

The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Conversion Program for Registered Nurses
Fees is around $ 17,000 for the 16 month course.
Intake: Feb  July
Part time.

The English Language programmes include:
Certificate in General English
English for Academic Purposes
IELTS preparation courses

90 and 92 Jalan Rajah
Singapore 329162
Monday to Friday. 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Tel:  +65 6593 8000
Fax: +65 6593 8001
How to get there
Toa Payoh NS19
Take bus 139 from Toa Payoh bus interchange and alight at 5th bus stop.
Novena NS20
Take bus 21 or 131 opposite Novena station and alight at St. Michael bus terminal (last stop).
Orchard NS22
Take bus 124 from Orchard Boulevard road and alight at St. Michael bus terminal (last stop).

Map of Curtin Singapore campus

Courtesy : Curtin Singapore.

Friday, September 14, 2012

University of London,international programmes

     A very informative and excellent site for students is the University of London, international programmes. It offers flexible and distance learning programmes. Kindly check out the site for more details.


 Stansfield college has the reputation as a premium education provider. Stansfield has been providing University  London international programs for the past 18 years. They have provided consistent and excellent results with many of the students completing the degree with honours. In 2010, they were given the "registered centre" status by the University of London for providing excellent education. The best part is thet they have an evening college for adult learners who can upgrade themselves with continous support from the college.
The various programmes offered are:
Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Law (Graduate Entry)
BSc in Management / BSc in Accounting and Finance
BSc in Banking and Finance
BSc in Economics / BSc in Economics and Finance
BSc in Economics and Management
BSc in Mathematics and Economics
BSc Business
BSc Management with Law
BSc Accounting with Law
Bachelor of English
They also offer Diploma and graduate diploma programmes.

Fees range roughly between $11,000 to $ 15000. Intake is generally in the month of august.


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Business & Humanities School 
3 Anson Road # 06-01 
Springleaf Tower (Opp International Plaza) 
Singapore 079909 
Tel:   (65) 6348 0000       

Stansfield Engineering School 

10 Anson Road # 06-17 
International Plaza 
Singapore 079903 
Tel:   (65) 6338 0300       

Law School 

10 Anson Road # 06-18 
International Plaza 
Singapore 079903 
Tel:   (65) 6338 0300 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Admission for the diploma in law course is through writing the diploma in law admission test. This course is good for students who wish to have a foundation in law before embarking on a career in law.After completing the diploma in law, one can apply to a  list of approved universities.
Diploma in Law
For more information visit

Monday, September 10, 2012

PSB Academy


       This is one of the largest independent education and training institutions in Singapore. PSB Academy has established international ties with prestigious universities from the US, UK and Australia. They offer a great learning experience, quality education coupled with hands on training. 
      PSB Academy was the first education institution in Singapore to clinch the Singapore Experience Award for Best Education Experience in 2010. This remarkable achievement was followed by a Top 3 win again in 2011.

The various Bachelors, Certificates, Diploma, and Higher Diplomas courses offered at PSB are:

   The Fees range between $ 3000 for the English proficiency short term course to around $75,000( for four years) for an engineering course. 

How to Get To Campus @ Delta

By Train 
MRT : EW17 Tiong Bahru Station
By Bus
Bus Stop A : SBS 14, 32, 64, 65 CCS 608 
Bus Stop B : SBS 123, 16, 195, 33, 63 TIBS 851, NR5

PSB Academy Campus @ Delta
355 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee Singapore 169567

Tel : (65) 6885 1000 (General Enquiries)
Fax : (65) 6276 3103

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

501 Stirling Road,Singapore-148951

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS delevers high quality in education. All programmes conducted by MDIS are registered with the MOE.  MDIS is affiliated with 50 universities all over the world who recognise the courses.
The various courses offered in MDIS are:

  1. Business
  2. Engineering
  3. Fashion and design
  4. Media and communiations
  5. Psychology
  6. Technology and E-Learning
  7. Tourism and Hospitality.

The FEE range between  S$4,800.00 to $ 42,000.00 depending on the course chosen.

MDIS Dhoby Ghaut  :+65 6372 1000
MDIS Main Campus :+65 6247 9111

HOW TO GET THERE?         
 Free shuttle service is available from Queenstown MRT to UniCampus.

Nearest Bus Stop
Bus 51, 61, 93, 100, 123, 147, 153, 196, 198, 855, 961 and 961#
  Walking 2 mins from bus stop B11059
Nearest MRT station
Queenstown MRT (EW19)
  Walking 9 mins from Exit A to here

For more details visit

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Increase in graduates

         As part of the government initiatives to raise the annual intake of students in universities, SIM Uuniversity,which has offered only part time courses till now, will offer full time degree programmes. The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will also increase the number of seats and award degrees in its own name. SIT is the fifth university in singapore.Even though UniSIM will remain a private university,SIM University(UniSIM) is getting set to become the sixth local university to offer publicly funded full time programmes. SIM university (UniSIM) President Cheong Hee Kiat floated an idea that a student could decide to extend his internship or work full time instead of returning to school to pursue graduation. This ecourages flexibility in the local education system. This also helps to change the mind set where one is encouraged to see work and study as a continuous process- life long learning and learning on the job.
Details on UniSIM's future intake numbers and programmes are being worked out with the Ministry of Education.

Jobs in Singapore

Jobs in singapore:
     Singapore is a vibrant place. Over the years, there has been an increase in the job placements for students from reputed universities during campus recruitments. Many industries across the world have branches here in Singapore. With the right skill and positive attitude, one can get a job in any field. Some popular sectors which have seen a growth in employment are:
Education sector: Well trained and qualified teachers are in great demand.
Finance and banking sector: Singapore is the hub of global activity and this is a highly paid area of work.
IT, Manufacturing and retail sectors.
Engineering: As always, engineers are always in demand. Marine engineering is another popular work area.
     Singapore has a great education system. So getting a job opening after graduation from a local university is a great way to start life here in Singapore.


Thursday, August 2, 2012


    Journalism is a good field if one knows the art of playing around with words and has a good command over the language. No one enjoys reading a poorly written article. Patience and ability to accept rejections are a part of a journalists life as you cannot expect all your articles to get lapped up by leading publishing houses. A degree in mass communications  is a good start. With technology boom, one can start writing for  online portals.
    A few important add on's like knowledge in photography, basic knowledge of computers, passion for reading, knowledge of a foreign language and making contacts to expand horizons is a great way to climb the ladder of success.
  A different branch from the usual journalism is specialising in sports or music journalism.
  You need not be a star athelete in your school team. If you have the passion for sports writing about sporting events is  a satisfying field.  What is the first step to become a sports writer? Firstly, try to get actively involved in writing in the school magazine regarding the sporting events happening.  This will help you develop your writing skills. Try to follow a particular teams sport, habit, information about the star players and coaches etc to make your article more interesting.
  Music journalism is writing about a particular band, artist etc. It is not very popular as the regular journalism as there are no special training methodology. Publishing houses will expect you to have knowledge about great singers, their music etc and  stylish and indepth articles will get you noticed.    

Disk Jockey

      So, you love music and can't help dancing when music is turned on!! Science lectures bore you but you can  hear music 24*7 !!!! You can rattle off names of albums and singers faster than you can recall equations and laws of science...Then getting into the music field is the right choice. This is a lucrative field but becoming a sought after DJ requires a lot of dedication and hard work.
     A club DJ  plays songs from a selected collection of pre recorded music for a select audience, usually in a club, discotheque or a party. A successful DJ has a good sense of music, must be good in audio-mixing, cueing, equalization, scratching music and beat matching. He should be updated in the latest popular music numbers. Knowledge of mixing these songs and making them foot tapping is essential. By nature, he should be outgoing with a friendly appearance. He must be prepared for erratic working hours.
     There is no formal qualification required in this field.A course in public speaking or related  course in mass communication is useful in giving a head start. Knowledge about DJ mixer, effects processors i.e. equalizers, octaves, delays etc is essential.

Athletic Trainer

       Athletic trainers help professionals and amateur sports persons to reach their maximum playing potential. To be a respected trainer, a student must finish graduation, get a certification and then start to work. It is imperative that  a trainer is mentally and physically fit as this career demands a high degree of physical work. Knowledge in nutrition, sports medicine and sports science is important. Students are taught how to treat, prevent and respond to physical and mental stress and accidents.
      If a student has a passion for sports and its related activities, this is a satisfying field.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

BBA in Finance

    If you love playing around with numbers and have a flair and keen sense  for understanding the market , a degree in finance is the right choice. This is a lucrative field as firms are always on the lookout for financial wizards to increase profits. BBA in Accounting and  Finance is offered by a number of colleges. Jobs as Personal Financial advisors, Financial analysist, Accountants, Auditors etc will always be a much in demand job option. 

Bachelor in Business Administration

      This is a degree in commerce and business administration.  BBA is a 3 year course which a student can pursue after completing grade 12. Students develop a strong knowledge and understanding of various disciplines such as finance, marketing, international business and they also learn practical skills in the areas of decision making, managerial roles etc through case studies. The topics which are generally covered include economics, financial management, quantitative techinques, business ethics and law etc.
     After completion of BBA and generally a two year work experience, one can pursue  MBA specialising in any particular area of choice.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Local Universities in Singapore

     Education in Singapore is one of the best in the world. Many students from different countries apply to various universities in Singapore as the quality and rigor of education is incomparable. They mould their students as outstanding students with an international edge. The entry level  for the local universities is quite tough as the screening to get into these universities is stringent. Importance is given to high grades in high school and a good extra curricular activity certificate. For international students from India, a minimum of 90% in grade 12  is important. There are Local universities, International Institutions with Asian Campus located in Singapore and International Universities in Collaboration with Singapore Universities  offering a wide range of courses to choose from.

 The five local universities in Singapore are : 

Monday, July 9, 2012


The word animation is originated from a Latin word called ‘anima’ which means soul and hence the term Animation can be defined as the process or tool of bringing life to sketches and characters.
    So you are the typical back bencher, drawing  and designing the teacher’s face or  scribbling anything that catches your imagination!!  You do not want to get into engineering or medicine…what’s the option? For amateurs and 2D enthusiasts animation is the right choice. Creativity, eye for detail, imagination and a fairly good knowledge in art (drawing) is important to be a good animator. After completing +12 in any stream, apply to an animation institute to learn the basics. There are diploma and degree courses which offer animation courses.
 The gaming industry (computer games and mobile games) is expected to grow by leaps and bounds. This fact can only be regarded as tip of the iceberg as numerous avenues are open for skilful animators in many allied fields. Today not only computer games and movies, animation is also used in schools for better teaching. Walt Disney, Sony and numerous gaming industries require good animators. So the field is wide open and jobs are plenty for the creative minds.

SAE Institute Singapore

Thursday, July 5, 2012

YOGA Trainer

     In today’s  world of stress and disease, the power of yoga is limitless. Ever wondered how a career in yoga would benefit a society at large? Yoga is the union of the mind, body and soul.It is not just about stretching  but it creates a perfect balance of the body through flexibility and balance. Yoga can be relaxing and also heal the body of hypertension, diabetis, certain ailments of the heart etc. Children and pregnant ladies too benefit a lot from practicing yoga.
    After completing +12 in any stream of study, a student can attend courses in yoga and the duration of the course can  range from one month to a year. Generally a good institute teaches the philosophical foundations of yoga, the anatomy and physiology of the body, the different styles of yoga.
    After completing the course, one can take up a job as a therapist or trainer at a health resort, gym, school health care or work as private trainers. 

Living Routes

A very interesting educational blog I read was on sustainable community development. Check it out...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Institutes under the DASA scheme

The National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other  premier technical institutions in India, which are covered under DASA scheme for admission to under graduate  engineering programs are as follows:-
A) National Institutes of Technology   (NITs)
Existing NITs:
1. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Agartala , Tripura  (website :
2. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology [MNNIT],  Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh  (website :
3. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology[MANIT],  Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh  (website :
4. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Calicut, Kerala  (website :
5. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Durgapur, West Bengal   (website :
6. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh  (website : )
7. Malaviya National Institute of Technology [MNIT], Jaipur, Rajasthan   (website :
8. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology [NITJ],   Jalandhar, Punjab  (website :
9. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Jamshedpur, Jharkhand   (website : )
10. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Kurukshetra, Haryana  (website :
11. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology [VNIT], Nagpur, Maharashtra (website :
12. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Patna , Bihar   (website :
13. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Raipur , Chhattisgarh   (website :
14. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Rourkela, Orissa   (website :
15. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Silchar  Assam   (website :
16. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Srinagar, Kashmir  (website :
17. Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of  Technology [SVNIT], Surat, Gujarat   (website :
18. National Institute of Technology Karnataka [NITK], Surathkal, Karnataka   (website :
19. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu   (website :
20. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Warangal, Andhra Pradesh (website :
21. National Institute of Technology [NIT],  Goa   (website :
22. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Sikkim (website :
23. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Puducherry(website :
24. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Arunachal Pradesh ( website :
25. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Delhi ( website )
26. National Institute of Technology [NIT], Uttarakhand (website )
B)    Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs)
27. Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh  (website :
28. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (ABV-IIITM), Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh     (website :
29. Indian Institute of Information Technology  Design and Manufacturing , (IIITDM), Jabalpur ,  Madhya Pradesh   (website: )     
30. Indian Institute of Technology, Design  & Manufacturing (IIITD&M) Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu (website: 
C) Other Institutions
31. Punjab Engineering College (PEC) University of Technology, Chandigarh   (website : )
32. Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, Punjab.  (website :
33. National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi, Jharkhand.   (website : )

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


     For an engineering aspirant, the number of entrance tests like IIT JEE, AIEE and scores of state level entrance exams, take a definite toll on their mental health.
     Thankfully, the HRD Ministry has proposed a single, national level entrance exam called Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) to replace the IIT and AIEEE from 2013 onwards.
     Just as NEET is the national exam for medical aspirants, ISEET is for entrance to the engineering colleges. This new SAT style exam comes into effect from 2013. It is expected to be held either in March or April.
    It will have 2 parts — Main and Advance of three hours each. The Main will be objective to test comprehension, critical thinking and logical reasoning. Advance will test problem solving ability in physics, chemistry and math.   Around 40% weightage will be given to the 12th board results. The score of ISEET will be used as a measure for entrance to all IITs, NITs, IISc and Technical Universities offering science or engineering courses in the country. Around 15 lakh students will appear for this exam.
      Though it is argued by some that there will be difficulties faced by students who are in the state board, it is high time the government came up with a logical solution to the education system that bogs down students in India. India has the brains and a huge student community but the education system need a major facelift in order to tap this growing, talented student sector. is the URL

Thursday, April 19, 2012

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

What is BMAT
The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a 2 hour pen and paper test consisting of 3 separate sections. The BMAT does not require a great amount of extra study as it relies on skills and knowledge that candidates should already have.
The test has 3 sections:
Section 1: Aptitude and Skills
Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Application
Section 3: Writing Task
The BMAT has a dedicated website ( This provides further information about the test, administration, guidance for centres and candidates alike, as well as specimen test materials for practice purposes.

The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

NTU and Imperial College London announce admissions requirements for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a partnership between NTU and Imperial College London. Their goal is to  train a generation of doctors who will put patients at the centre of their exemplary medical care. Graduates of the five-year undergraduate medical degree programme beginning in 2013 will have a strong understanding of the scientific basis of medicine, along with interdisciplinary subjects including business management and technology.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London today announced the admissions requirements for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. The new school will enrol its first 50 students in August 2013.
The admission will be stringent based  requirements which include the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) as well as a series of Multiple Mini Interviews. Prospective students will also need the highest grades in their pre-university qualifications, which may include ‘A’ Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the NUS High School Diploma, the Polytechnic Diploma or other equivalent international qualifications.
According to Professor Stephen Smith, the founding dean of the  Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine ,they are looking for students who are not only academically brilliant  but also students who are caring and compassionate, and are committed to pursue medicine as a long-term career in the context of Singapore’s ageing population. Other than exceptionally good pre university results and a good BMAT score, there will be a series of mini interviews  which are designed to assess whether students have the skills required to successfully complete the joint Imperial-NTU MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) programme.
Students wishing to apply for a place at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in 2013 will need to sit for the BMAT on Wednesday 7 November 2012.
All applications to the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine must be submitted online between December and April via the NTU application portal at:

Application Process
 Applications must include the following information:
  • Academic results
  • Personal statement
  • Co-curricular accomplishments
  • Official testimonial from school
  • 2 Reference letters
  • Any other supporting documents

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Polytechnic education in Singapore

Polytechnics are institutes of  higher learning . They provide a more industry-oriented education as an alternative to junior colleges for post-secondary studies. Polytechnic offer students a holistic learning experience which emphasize balanced and broad-based education. It offers a wide range of courses in various fields, including engineering, business studies, accountancy, tourism and hospitality management, mass communications, digital media and biotechnology. There are also specialised courses such as marine engineering, nautical studies, nursing, and optometry..To ensure that its course and students are in tune with current market developments, Polytechnics maintain close industry links and devote expertise and resources to assist the development of local enterprises. The changes brought about by technological advancements and global competition have made  it imperative that organisations remain nimble and adaptable to stay ahead of competition.The trend in the tertiary education sector has been to move away from specialised curriculum towards more holistic education, where learning is not just economics-driven, but also for the continuous nurturing of the student in toto. In response to this need, Polytechnics have  introduced students to broad-based learning, where they are stretched to be more versatile and competitive so that when they graduate , they are  ready to face the future confidently.. Most of the Poly students get to go overseas for their internships , while others venture abroad for study trips , having a chance to experience a whole new culture. 
Article courtesy: Advik  Patnaik

Monday, February 27, 2012

Voice artist

Ever watched a Hollywood movie in your native language? Wondered how Tom Cruise speaks fluent hindi?Thanks to a special group of talented artists, we can watch any international film in our language.With the rise in TV serials and audience interest in programmes of their regional language, there has been a great demand for Voice over artists. A voice over artist lends his voice to complement the visuals on screen. Voice acting is the art of giving voice to animated characters, video games,  radio  TV commercials, audio dramas, puppet shows etc. Films and TV programmes produced in a particular language quickly get released all over the country with voice over’s in the regional  language capturing the target audience. This has ensured the TRPs keep zooming up. Many Hollywood films are also dubbed in the local language to cater to a wider viewership.
The most important qualities required to be a successful dubbing artist is command over the language and versitality  to understand the lines and the feelings  of the script and match your lip sync, tone and pauses to synchronise with the tone and gestures of the artist in the original track. It is important to have a clear diction, ability to modulate the voice according to the character, clarity of voice  and perfect dialogue delivery.
There are a number of colleges offering diploma courses for  voice over artists after +12, but the main qualification would be a students’ command over the language and perfect diction with a strong voice.Short term courses are conducted by many media houses and institutions.
As for a career in this field,openings are plenty. A  voice artist can work  in serial / film dubbings,  animation,  documentaries, video and radio programs, jingles, phone software, commercials, audio dramas, amusement rides, dubbed foreign  language films etc.The salary is good once you become a popular artist.It also depends on the length and popularity of the program.


Linguistics is the study of language which identifies the common element connecting the languages and draws its relevance from archaeology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, English, computer science and many other subjects. In this course, you will learn about formation and use of languages as well as develop skills in analyzing, critical reading, formation of words and  phonetics. A Linguist is an expert in origin, evolution, development of various languages. They research to find out the latest developments in different languages and provide vital inputs for further development.
An analytical mind with a flair for writing and an interest in the origin of languages , speech, sound is essential.
For acquiring a Bachelor degree in Linguistics, one needs to pass the Higher Secondary or 10 + 2 examination with humanities as one of the main disciplines. B.A in Literature also helps. For acquiring a post graduation degree in the subject, a graduation in Linguistics is a must. A linguist can work as a speech trainer in a call centre, in hospitals as a speech therapist, as a journalist, in advertising agencies, writing software programs for teaching, for deciphering rare dialects, work in online dictionaries etc.
One can do BA(Hons), M.A, Post M.A., Diploma in Linguistics or Advanced Diploma in Applied Linguistics

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Student Pass For studying in Singapore

           All foreigners, other than Immigration Exemption Order holders, are required to apply for a Student’s Pass if he/she wishes to pursue full-time studies in an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore.

  1. The application has to be submitted atleast one month  and not more than 2 months prior to the course.
  2. It has to be submitted through SOLAR( Student Pass Online Application and Registration) system
  3. The IHL must first register the student through SOLAR.
  4. The student must then log into SOLAR and submit eForm16.
  5.   Before logging in to SOLAR the following documents are required:
--A registration acknowledgement notice with the login information provided by the IHL;
--Valid Travel document/passport details
--NRIC/FIN of parents if the student’s parents are Singaporeans or foreigners who are working or residing in Singapore;
--Singapore’s address and contact details (if not available, please provide the school’s registered address)
--Applicant’s email address.
--One recent passport-sized colour photograph (to be pasted on the top-right corner of eForm 16) and should be in colour, must be taken against a white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.

Finally take the printed copy of eForm16 to the Student Pass Unit of the ICA.
--The processing time is around 5 working days if  the students has a visa and 10 days if a visa is required.
NOTE: Since July and August are peak periods,it is advisable for the student to submit his application earlier than this time.
Processing fee:$30 which is non-refundable
Issuance fee: $60
Multiple entry visa fee: $30
Students are required to furnish the following documents for completion of formalities:
  • The student’s valid passport. A copy of the passport particulars page must be submitted;
  • The Disembarkation/Embarkation card of the student, granted on entry into Singapore. If the student is currently residing in Singapore on other long term passes, he/she is required to bring along that pass;
  • One recent colour passport-sized photograph (taken on white background);
  • The printout of eForm 16 submitted through SOLAR (duly signed by the applicant);
  • A copy of the in-principle approval letter; and
  • A medical report in the prescribed format (available on ICA’s website).
Dependant Pass Holders Applying to Study in IHL:
--DP holders must apply for student pass through SOLAR
--If the duration of the course is shorter than the duration of the DP,the the student can write to the ICA about his intention(letter of intention) of studying in the IHL.
--Submit copy of eForm16,travel documents and letter of intention at the student pass unit of the ICA. 


With effect from 2 January 2003, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority has introduced the on-line
submission of Student's Pass applications via the SOLAR system to foreigners who are applying for Student's Passes to pursue courses offered by the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in Singapore. These IHLs include the Local polytechnics and universities, as well as, foreign universities with offshore campuses in Singapore.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Singapore education- an overview

      Singapore is a small island country in South East Asia. The diverse culture is mostly made up of Chinese, Indians, Malays and Caucasians. For a student who wishes to study abroad, Singapore is a good option The infrastructure, accessibility and high standards of education are the main reasons for the flow of international students here. There is definitely a huge difference in the fee structure between Indian and Singapore colleges and education in India is  good in most colleges and generally cheaper but education in Singapore has a different approach. It is less of rote learning/ memorizing and more importance is given to course work and thinking 'out of the box'. Even though fee may be high, the best part is there are scholarships, tuition grant, student loans etc which helps to ease the financial strain. There are 5 local universities and plenty of foreign universities and collaborations of Singapore universities with foreign universities. 

So what the requisites for a foreign student should have/ know before he applies to universities here?
  • Decide which university you would like to join. Read their brochure and see if you fit the bill.
  • Apply directly to the university .Online application are also accepted.
  •  International students are required to apply for a Student's Pass to pursue a course of study in Singapore unless he / she is a holder of a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or an Immigration Exemption Order (IEO).
  •  After getting admission, you must go the Immigration and checkpoint authority (ICA) to apply for student pass.
  •  Make sure you have a valid visa. If you require a visa to come to Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months and not more than 6 months before the commencement date of the course
  •  Generally, a security deposit has to be paid upon approval of the student pass application. For India, its around S$5,000 in the form of a Banker's Guarantee from any established banks in Singapore or Casher's Order.
  •  Scholarships are awarded by the universities themselves for meritorious students.
  •  Applications for admissions are available from October the preceeding year to March
  •  Though SAT scores are not required for international students, it is always an advantage to help gain entry easily.
  •  TOEFL scores are mandatory for students seeking admission in Singapore. Final interviews might be conducted before gaining admission into any of the universities.