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Updated: 01/20/2014 22:49 | By Channel NewsAsia

Fewer international students receive tuition grant since 2010

Fewer international students receive tuition grant since 2010


Fewer international students receive tuition grant since 2010

SINGAPORE: The number of international students who receive tuition grant in each of the matriculation cohorts has decreased over the last few years from 2010.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said currently, international students who receive tuition grant in each matriculation cohort comprise about six per cent or 1,700 in the polytechnics, down from nine per cent in 2010.

In the publicly-funded universities, they make up 13 per cent or 2,200, compared to 18 per cent in 2010.

In his written Parliamentary answer to a question filed by Hougang MP Png Eng Huat on tuition grants for international students, Mr Heng said international students in the tertiary institutions here pay higher fees than Singaporean students.

The tuition grants for international students total about S$210 million per year, which is less than 10 per cent of the total annual subsidies to tertiary institutions in Singapore.

Mr Heng added that international students who receive tuition grants are required to work in a Singapore-based company for three years upon graduation to supplement our labour force.

Most of the grant recipients have been working and are contributing to the Singapore economy, while some did not start work immediately as they had deferred their bonds to pursue further studies.

Mr Heng said actions will be taken against those who default on their obligations. - CNA/fa

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