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Heng Swee Keat: Foreign students form less than 16% of university enrollment here

Posted by temasektimes on October 18, 2012

Foreign students form less than 16 per cent of the total number of students who enrolled in the autonomous universities, revealed Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

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.

11 Responses to “Heng Swee Keat: Foreign students form less than 16% of university enrollment here”

  1. Naivety said

    The percentage drop in ‘Foreign Students’ to less than 16% this year means more & more of these foreign students are being converted to Singapore PR status and Singapore Citizen…this is no brainer!

    • don't believe a word they say said

      “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.”

      Exactly. More foreign students are being given PRs and lumped together with citizens.

      This is very obvious.

      Go down to NTU and take a look yourself.

      You would think that NTU is right on the border between China and India.

      Finding a Singaporean student in NTU is much harder than looking for a needle in a haystack.

      NUS is only slightly better but still it is obvious that foreigners outnumber citizens.

      Honestly, no Singaporean in his right frame of mind will ever believe the statistics they provide nowadays.

      “LIes, damn lies and statistics”.

  2. ngpy said

    It is so difficult to trust and believe the figures given, less than 16% foreign student Singapore’s autonomous universities. So how many are FTs, how many are PRs and how many are really locals and how many are gien citizenship to enroll here. Please be truthful.

  3. solaris8899 said

    if you walk around ntu, nus, you can easily see there are a lot of foreign students, where is your <16%?

  4. Walls Have eArs said

    can somebody transalate this 16% to $$$&Sense please
    sO much Thank you

  5. spotlessleopard said

    Heng Swee Kiat; did you failed your Maths and Statistics ? Any Auntie or Uncle can tell you that YOU ARE WRONG… go to NTU or NUS yourself and do a simple count of Students walking past you and you will see that you statistics is at least 100% wrong….dont insult Singaporeans with ass numbers.

  6. P Koh said

    Where do all these statistics come from and can someone verify the veracity of what are being used. Look at yesterday’s debate between Obama and Romney and they are both calling each other liars as they both have different sets of figures that are contradictory.

  7. SianzSG said

    You guys really do not have any idea how PAP operates. They dun care. Not a fucking bit. All they care is their salary. So, even if this % is 16% or 61% do you think Heng will care? What a joke.

    As for NTU and NUS, they are smart in getting all these foreign students, making them look global and siphoning taxpayers monies to fund their scholarships, while we grumble, what can we do?

    Remember ISA is still around. You don’t want to get throw into the jail, do you?

  8. A G Young said

    The “TRUTH” will Prevail!

  9. 3% to 5% increase is = (5-3) / 3 = 66% increase and not 2 % increase said

    Politicians in the world like to use % to confuse people.

    GST: 3% to 5% increase is = (5-3) / 3= 66% increase and not 2 % increase.

    For politicians, they will say it is 2% increase for their benefit.

    This 16% is relative to the base of university students, to high school students, it will be at least 3 to 4 times, i.e. 30% to 60%

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