Singapore’s City College to stop taking in foreigners

What about country’s national universities?

A private college in Singapore has decided to stop taking in foreigners for its courses, according to a report in The Straits Times today. The City College cited the language barrier as one of the reasons.

I wish the National University of Singapore and the other universities in the country (NTU, SMU) take a similar decision. There has to be at least restrictions on the intake of foreigners as Singapore’s national institutions should primarily cater to Singaporeans first.

Today’s edition of The Straits Times also had a piece on new courses being launched in the Singapore Institute of Technology which will lead to a record intake this year.

It will just not be right to follow what the US, the UK and Australia do? They are very large countries with a thin population, so they have massive room for accommodating foreigners, unlike in Singapore.

They do not forsake the interests of their citizens while being open to foreigners.

It is difficult to imagine India’s best known institution, IIT, taking in foreigners at the expense of better talent available locally.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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