Programs in Singapore
Science and Technology (S&T) Information:
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s leading agency for fostering world-class scientific research. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering research institutes as well as six consortia and centres. It also supports extramural research in the universities, hospitals, research centres, with other local and international partners.
Another important resource for information on Singapore is Contact Singapore, which is an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower. They actively link Singapore-based employers with professionals to support the growth of key industries and also have information for students and graduates, investors and business owners. They have overseas offices in Australia, Europe, Greater China, India, North America, South Korea and Southeast Asia.
Important links about living, working and doing business in Singapore can be found on the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Washington DC.
Education System in Singapore:
The Ministry of Education in Singapore has an interactive infograph, which helps the reader get more details about the education landscape beginning from pre-school through Primary, Secondary, Post-Secondary, University and Continuing Education at work.
According to the website managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), Singapore ranked 4th in the world for the quality of its educational system, in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2011/2012. It is compulsory for all Singaporeans to complete six years of the foundation and orientation stage of primary school education. Students move on to secondary school education upon passing the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).
Secondary school education generally spans across four to five years, with students streamed according to their PSLE results into the Normal, Express or Special stream. Secondary school students proceed to post-secondary education and to higher learning institutions once they pass their GCE ‘O’ level examinations. Singapore’s higher learning institutions have earned strong global standings.
U.S citizens travelling to Singapore for business or tourist visits for upto 90 days do not need a visa. However, citizens of some other countries need a visa to enter Singapore- the list and FAQs can be accessed here. In addition to visa requirements, there are short term and long term visit passes and student’s passes. To know more details contact a Singapore consulate near you or visit the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website of the Singapore Government.