Heng Swee Keat: Foreign students form less than 16% of university enrollment here
Posted by temasektimes on October 18, 2012
Mr Heng was responding to a question by a NCMP from the PAP’s subsidiary party in parliament yesterday, one week after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave the answer in an interview with the Singapore media in Sydney, Australia.
Some 17,000 international students applied to study at Singapore’s autonomous universities per year over the past three years.
He added that the universities provide a range of scholarships and bursaries to attract international students who will be able to add diversity and enrich the learning experience on campus.
However the figure does not include foreign students who have been given Singapore PR and citizenship.
Though they are still foreigners, PRs are lumped together as citizens in the same category in ALL official statistics used in Singapore.