Current Affairs

How much Singapore spends on scholarships for foreign students compared to other countries?

We recently wrote about the government spending approximately S$238 million on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students attending schools and autonomous universities in Singapore. Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung said in Parliament that of the S$238 million, about S$130 million is spent on scholarships for foreign students in schools and autonomous universities while another S$108 million is spent on tuition …

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Minister Masagos Zulkifli says Singapore needs to continue building its recycling capabilities, but is the Government actually doing much about it?

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli revealed on Tuesday (6 August) that around 30% of Singapore’s recyclable waste was exported overseas last year, and the remaining 60% are processed locally. “In 2018, about 30% of recyclable material, such as paper, plastics, glass and metal, was exported to countries including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and …

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NUS seeks to attract overseas Singaporean academics via grant — but many professors previously left due to high research output requirements

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is offering a S$200,000 grant to overseas Singaporean academics seeking to return to the country and to join the university as pre-tenure assistant professors, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Tue (6 Aug). Speaking at the inaugural Singaporean Researchers Global Summit held at the Regent Singapore, Mr Ong said that the grant, half …

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MOE says 1.8% of budget spent on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students – that’s about 9% of what is spent on universities

Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung said in Parliament (5 August) that the government spent about $238 million in scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students. The Education Minister revealed that of the S$238 million, the government spends about $130 million on scholarships and about S$108 million on tuition grants for foreign students. In his replies to questions from Workers’ …

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Netizens show support towards marathoner Soh Rui Yong after he was blocked on social media and WhatsApp group chat by Singapore Athletics

Two-time marathon champion Soh Rui Yong is back in the limelight, and this time due to his tiff with Singapore Athletics (SA) after the organisation blocked him from posting on its social media platforms. Their disagreement came after the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced in a media statement on 1 August (Thursday) that the two-time marathon champion Soh Rui …

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Education Minister Ong Ye Kung says international students do not deprive local students of spots in autonomous uni – Really?

In response to a question about government spending on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students, Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung said, “The core objective of our education system is to serve the needs of Singaporeans and no Singaporean is ever displaced from an institute of Higher Learning (IHL) because of international students.” However, using the National University …

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Public fumes after Singapore opted out of voting for global treaty on workplace harassment

Although Singapore supports the intent of a new global pact against violence and harassment in the workplace, it abstained from voting for it during a United Nations agency’s annual conference in June due to “concerns about overreach”, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo. “This would expand workplace safety and health well beyond the workplace remit,” said Mrs Teo, while speaking in …

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Some funding for international students is justified, but $238 million is on the ‘high side’, says MP Leon Perera

The government spends about $238 million on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students in schools and autonomous universities, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament yesterday (5 August). He was responding to questions from WP MP Leon Perera who asked for exact figures on this particular spending. Mr Perera had in fact questioned the minister on this same …

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