Thursday, June 24, 2010

Why Study in Singapore?

As per my friend request, this post is gonna be about studying in Singapore. Or more accurately, the reasons why i choose to study in Singapore and not my home country, Malaysia. (Sound so professional here)

Singapore VS Malaysia

Before that, a brief introduction first. My name is Luke, if you have not known yet, and currently i'm one of the many Malaysians now studying in National University of Singapore (NUS). I was a Form 6 student before coming to Singapore so this post i'm writing will mainly apply to Malaysian students who are stuck between the choices of either furthering their studies in Malaysia or Singapore.

I'm sure one of the main criteria that we look for when we are choosing which university we are going to would be the quality. This is because by the end of the day, a better qualified university equals a better learning environment, higher class facilities and also a better job prospect once you graduate. And if you were to compare, it's undeniable that Singapore universities is better in quality than their Malaysian counterpart. The last time i checked, NUS was in the top 50 ranking among universities worldwide while University Malaya (UM) is too distant to be seen. As an employer, when two graduates with the exact same qualifications but from different universities come to you, which one would you choose? The one from the better university or the opposite?

The other reason why Singapore appealed to me was the high security level there. In Malaysia, walking out after sunset alone normally result in you being mugged, kidnapped or raped. Look at all the daily news. Though there are still crime in Singapore, at least the frequency there is not as high as in Malaysia. A girl can still walk out alone after sunset in Singapore and return unharmed. That alone speaks volume. No point going for tertiary study and end up being robbed and killed in the process, right?

Reminds you of a country?

The quality of the infrastructure here is also another pull factor. The toilets are clean, the public transportation is efficient and Singaporean taxi drivers who do not literally rob you when the charge a single trip for RM 60 makes life there relatively easy and convenient. And when life is convenient and easy, you have one less thing to worry about. Life in uni is already stressful as it is.

I'm sure sick of seeing these toilets in Malaysia

But of course, life is not a bed of roses here in NUS either. The study environment here is both tough and competitive. Certainly not for the fainthearted but hey, everything that is good requires some sort of hard work right. I'm not complaining.

I guess that roughly sums up everything. There are tons of other reasons too but i just included a few important ones. Wouldn't want this post to be too long too. Hope this would be enough for you Shi Hao.

P/s: Views mentioned above are entirely of my own. There's no scientific proof  backing it or whatsoever and probably half of what i mentioned up there would not be true but hey, this is democracy right?


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