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Ease Your Choice: Follow in the Footsteps of Your Minister

Many A-Levels and Polytechnic students might find it difficult in choosing that dream university. However, some aim to garner high achieving careers upon graduating. Careers as a public servant in our tiny island state has become one of the most highly sought after prospects amongst university graduates. As can be seen in the curriculum vitae of our ministers, being an alumnus of a brand name university would really help get one’s foot into that dream door. We will be highlighting the education background of three of Singapore’s top officials. Perhaps, this can help you make a better choice.


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Cambridge Alumnus

The No. 1 in charge of Singapore graduated with a B.A in Mathematics from Cambridge University. Cambridge tops almost every league table in the world. It was ranked 5th top University by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It scores 4th in the World in the Prime Minister’s subject area, Mathematics.  You need to have straights As at the H2 Level or equivalent in order to be offered a place in the university. You might be selected for an interview once your application has been processed. The interview will assess you on your academic competency. A short written subject test would also be administered to most interviewees.

Although this might seem like a daunting and gruelling prospect, many Singaporeans have successfully clinched their place at Cambridge. There are currently 270 Singapore students taking various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the university. Perhaps, you will be one of the lucky few selected to study in this prestigious institution following the footsteps of our prime minister. 


Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, University of Manchester

If Cambridge is not for you and you would like to be in the home of two of the greatest football teams in the world, you might wish to follow Dr. Teo Chee Hean’s path. DPM Teo is an alumnus of the University of Manchester. Not only is the university home to one of Singapore’s most distinguished leader, it can also boast about having 25 Nobel prize winners as former alumni and staff. Located in the first modern industrial city in the world, the university was formerly a institute for mechanics. This heritage still lives on today as most of the Nobel prize winners come from the Mathematics and Science field. Only by applying at Manchester can you proudly proclaim that you are in the same league as Ernest Rutherford who conducted his famous work on splitting the atom in this very institution. Moreover, the University even has a Singaporean chapter of its alumni association which is located at Phillip Street, Singapore. Discuss with alumni from the university by contacting them at (65) 6538 4454.


Applications to UK universities

You can apply to both University of Manchester and Cambridge University via their official websites. The application deadline dates for the 2013 entry cycle is 15th October 2012, 15th January 2013 and 24th March 2013 respectively. If you are Singaporean, you should be applying as an international student. Your application will then be considered by some universities up until 30th June unless you are applying for Cambridge or Oxford University or medicine, dentistry and veterinary science or medicine courses in which case only applications before 15th October will be considered.


Minister S. Iswaran, University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide is the choice college of multiple ministers, Nobel prize winners, Rhodes scholars, Olympians and Paralympians and even two winners of the Masterchef and Australian idol competitions. It offers over 400 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. It houses five faculties and even has a twinning programme in Singapore. It has partnered with Ngee Ann Kongsi to establish the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre (NAA). This centre offers seven undergraduate course, one preparatory course and eleven postgraduate degrees. The undergraduate degrees that it offers are in commerce, international business, management, marketing, innovation & entrepeneurship, nursing and computer science. A fully refundable application fee of $214 is required upon application. Visit our webpage on the university for more details.


No University too Little, No Goals too Great

These three ministers showcase that the university that you come from does not matter. Instead, how you strive hard to achieve that distinctive degree and what you will make do out of it is important. Click on the ‘Subjects’ Tab on the top column of this website and check out the different universities from around the globe that offer your subject of interest.



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