Not sure which among the private universities in Singapore is the best? Do you have questions such as…
“Is the certificate from this university recognised by MOM?”
“How is studying in this school like?”
Look, we’ve been there before.
Since there are a lot of private universities in Singapore, there actually might be too many options and factors to consider to picking the right one. We understand the struggle.
And so, in this blog, we’ll be providing you with the top 9 private universities in Singapore and all the information that you need. It will be discussing things such as the school’s background, partner universities, and employability. This article provides all these and much more!
Before anything, you should know how we evaluated the universities to create a list of top universities in Singapore. We considered several factors in arranging them. The number of partner universities, ranking, and quality of programmes are some of the things we’ve evaluated. Spoiler alert—this makes Kaplan Higher Education Academy, Management Development Institute of Singapore, and SIM Global Education the top-ranking private universities in Singapore on our list.
Hey, if you’re interested in taking a part time degree from any of these private universities, then check out our definitive guide to studying for a part time degree in Singapore!
Ranked 9th among the private universities in Singapore listed here, ERC Institute is partnered with three universities, namely the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), the University of Greenwich, and the University of Wolverhampton. ERC Institute also offers niche bachelor’s and master’s programmes in aeronautics and aviation awarded by ERAU.
Why Study Here?
Previously in 2012, ERCI was awarded the Promising SME 500 Award Platinum Category for its business practices and environmental sustainability. The institution also passed the qualifications for Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organisations. They also got registration with the Council for Private Education (CPE). Also, in January 2019, the campus has transferred to Mountbatten Square with better facilities.
Here’s the catch! ERC Institute has the highest full-time employment rate of 71.4 per cent with fresh graduates whose average starting pay is $2,550.00. Also, according to the PEI Graduate Employment Survey of 2017, graduates from ERC Institute have the highest median gross monthly salary in Singapore. Not only that, but ERC Institute graduates also have the highest full-time employment rate as rated by PEI. It has also recognition from various government boards like the MOM.
What’s more, ERC Institute is one of the youngest Private Education Institutions (PEI). Despite this, ERCI has already received a 4-year certification for the Enhanced Registration Framework. This is because they have maintained quality service in accommodating student influx and in programmes delivery. Not only ERC Institute excels in awards, but it also won Champion in the Youth Entrepreneurs Competition by Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC). Furthermore, this private university in Singapore received the “Learners’ Choice” award in 2016. Actualyse.com, a comprehensive one-stop school directory portal seeking to empower individuals in their school search process in fact awarded it to this university.
Dimensions International College, or Dimensions for short, has a lot of UK university partners. These include the University of Strathclyde, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and the University of Derby. In view of this, you must know that having a lot of partner universities entail that they can offer a more extensive variety of courses for their students. If you want to know more about this private university and its partners, then be sure to read the complete review that we have created. Check out our blog post here where we also included information such as the duration of the programmes, the entry requirements, and course fees.
Why Study Here?
Built in 1980, the Dimensions International College has been offering quality programmes for 36 years since.
If you’re considering enrolling in Dimensions, then you will have several options for campuses. They have 3 campuses located in Singapore: Kovan Campus, Bukit Timah Campus, and City Campus located at River Valley.
This private university in Singapore has continued to receive the certificate of accreditation as a “Premier College” from the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges, and Universities (ASIC) many times since 2008. See all the awards and accreditation of Dimensions International College here.
In order to increase employability, Dimensions International College has expanded its offices in countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Korea and Myanmar. Also, apart from its partner universities, Dimensions has also partnered with a variety of educational institutions that comprise the different schools in Dimensions: School of Higher Education, School of Hospitality, and School of Languages. It also has Dimensions High School, which offers a total of 86 courses to increase employability upon successful completion.
In 2016, the college was awarded the 4-Year EduTrust Certification by Committee for Private Education (CPE).
In addition, Dimensions actually offers a lot of diploma course degrees at a relatively low price! If you want to know which of the diplomas I’m talking about, go ahead and visit our blog post.
East Asia Institute of Management has four partner universities: Queen Margaret University which focuses on its teaching methods and research, Cardiff Metropolitan University which uses a business approach in its academic courses focusing on industry and commerce, Aston University which is known for its relations in terms of industry, government, and commerce, and finally Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University known for its MBA, MSc and DBA programmes.
Why Study Here?
Previously known as EASB, EAIM has been providing quality programmes to students for 30 years and has progressed over the years partnering with four universities. In particular, the private university offers Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes in business, hospitality and tourism, finance, real estate and psychology.
EAIM has a convenient location when it comes to accessibility to commercial areas such as Food Street at Balestier Road, convenience stores and Zhong Shan Mall. Commuting to and from EAIM is also convenient because of its proximity to bus stops and MRT stations such as Toa Payoh and Novena.
EAIM is basically guided by their 4Cs – Competent, Confident, Creative and Committed to guiding their students towards success in their career ladder. The institution is known for its employability-centred quality education.
In the year 2018, 88.6% of EAIM students were able to secure employment just within 6 months of graduating from their course programmes.
Hold on, it does not end there! The private university also offers workshops to its students that focus on essential skills and lessons. These are important to become successful professionals in the future. Things such as CV and resume writing, interview skills, and work ethics are taught here!
In 2012, EAIM received 6th placement for the Enterprise 50 Awards. At that time period, EAIM was the only private education provider that landed a placement for the award. EASB was one among the few Private Education Institutions that the SPRING Singapore awarded with the Singapore Quality Class award. The private institution also received a 4-year EduTrust certification from the Committee for Private Education, Ministry of Education. Lastly, the institution was among the top 50 pioneer SMEs that was included in the national economic growth story.
We also have a comprehensive review of the East Asia Institute of Management. Find all the answers to the questions you have about this private university in Singapore by visiting our blog post here.
Amity Global Institute has two university partners.
First, the University of London. This university offers the following courses with Amity Global Institute:
- Academic Direction by Queen Mary:
- Academic Direction by Goldsmith:
- Academic Direction by City, University of London:
Second, we have the University of Northampton, which offers the following courses with Amity Global Institute:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Laws in International Commercial Law
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies
- BS (Honours) Computing
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Why Study Here?
Amity Global Institute Singapore, or Amity for short, is a leading global education provider that has more than 20 years of experience. The private university provides a range of industry-oriented management course programmes from leading academicians and corporate world members.
Amity made the cut here as the top 6th among the private universities in Singapore for impressive varying reasons.
University of London
The university’s degrees have received global recognition from various institutions and employers. The University of London has 50,000 students globally studying for a degree under the university.
The Master of Business Administration offered through Amity Global Institute is under the direction of the University of London’s Queen Mary. The Queen Mary University of London prides itself upon its 23,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying a wide range of degrees in humanities and social sciences, science and engineering, and medicine and dentistry.
Queen Mary is also known for its quality and innovative teaching methods and research, and its Global MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Some of the prestigious accomplishments of Queen Mary:
- A member of the prestigious Russell Group
- Ranked 12th in UK and 110th in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
- Ranked 126th in QS World Rankings 2020
The courses offered by Amity Global Institute under Goldsmith pride upon world-renowned teaching and research not only in computational disciplines, but also in creative, and cultural disciplines.
Under Goldsmith, they teach Computer Science by doing and experimenting. Also by upholding hands-on, project-based approaches to teaching, and by the use of innovative technology and education.
While the courses offered by Amity Global Institute under Sir John Cass Business School (Cass), one of the world’s leading business schools and part of the City, the University of London is the forefront of business education for more than 50 years.
Cass is part of an elite group of business schools that holds the rare gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the:
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Association of MBAs (AMBA)
- European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
University of Northampton
The university has 35 years of experience acing teaching and research. the University of Northampton also gained the prestigious ‘Business School of the Year Award’ for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Other key reasons why study a degree at the University of Northampton through Amity Global Institute:
- Awarded Gold status – the highest possible mark in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF is the only system that the UK government introduced that assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England.
- Ranked among the Top 100 UK universities under The Guardian University League Tables 2020
- Shortlisted for the Times Outstanding Business School of the Year Awards Sep 2013/14
- One of the only 25 Ashoka U Change maker campuses in the world
- 92% student satisfaction rate
The University of London has a global employability award as one of the five finalists for the “Most Improved Commitment to Employability” category of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards.
While the University of Northampton has a global employability record with 96% of employability rated by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), UK. The university’s graduates are in work or further study only six months after graduating. The University of Northampton also is one of the 9 UK universities in the top 30 for both student satisfaction and employability.
If you are interested to learn more facts about this private university, then you’ve got to check out our Amity Global Institute Singapore Review: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions article!
PSB Academy, or PSB for short, has eight partner universities, namely Coventry University, Edinburgh Napier University, Edith Cowan University, La Trobe University, Massey University, The University of Newcastle, Australia, The University of Nottingham, and University of Wollongong.
PSB offers Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma, Certificate and short courses with niche courses also on Life Sciences and Sports Science.
Why Study Here?
PSB Academy is a private education provider in Singapore that has an approach to education focused on employability—this is a great advantage in the new economy.
In Singapore, PSB was ranked 11th and 11,336 in the world ranking. Also, the academy is known as “The Future Academy” and in 2019 was awarded as the Best Educational Institute in Singapore by APAC Insider. Not only that, PASB has garnered two consecutive SBR National Business Awards in 2018 for Education.
In 2017, PSB expanded their campus located at Marina Square and in 2018 re-located its Delta Campus at Toa Payoh.
According to Idstats Research & Consultancy, full-time degree graduates accumulated a greater than 6 in 10 employment rate, all graduates accumulated a greater than 8 in 10 employment rate and close to 6 in 10 graduates responded that they have improved in their professional skills.
What’s more, PSB achieved a 71.9% overall employment rate with a median gross monthly salary of $2,800 in 2019/20 for fresh graduates of full-time external degree programmes in a survey conducted by SkillsFuture Singapore.
PSB has garnered several reputable awards one of which is SBR National Business Awards for Education. Aside from this, PSB Academy launched a regional scholarship movement which gives opportunities to rising talents in Singapore.
Getting a PSB degree will expose you to professionals in the industry to learn the skills that are important to have. In addition to that, you can avail of career services provided by the private university itself if ever you need some help with your degree programme.
Nanyang has two partner universities, namely the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and York St John University. Nanyang also has the following articulation partners: the La Trobe University, University of South Australia, Griffith University and Federation University Australia. The private university offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diploma courses. See this webpage for the list of available courses offered.
Why Study Here?
One of Nanyang’s partners, the UWS, ranked in the Top 100 in the UK for Research. According to Guardian University Guide 2014, the university is one of Scotland’s most vocational higher education institutions. It has also gained the highest rating for Quality and Standards in 2014.
On the other hand, its other partner university, York St John University, was ranked 31 by the Times Higher Education Student Experience in 2017. The university is also CMI provider-accredited and a member of Business in the Community. Furthermore, it has been awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark Holder for Business Excellence.
Nanyang is located at Eu Tong Sen Street, which is in close proximity to the Clark Quay MRT Station. Pretty convenient, if you ask me!
Nanyang’s 2018 fresh graduates earn a median pay of $3,500.00. While the 2018 batch of graduates has gained higher starting pay, which includes graduates of Information Technology who had a median gross salary of $4,100.00. Not only that, Nanyang’s graduates of digital courses have the highest full-time permanent employment rate of 91.7%.
MDIS has two primary partner universities, namely the University of Sunderland and Bangor University. In 2014, the University of Sunderland was ranked 23rd in The Guardian University Guide and was also considered for the University of the Year by the Times Higher Education Awards in the year 2012.
In 2013, Bangor University was included in the top 15 institutions in the world for Banking research. The university even ranked above Harvard Business School and Princeton for its Economic Research Department.
Why Study Here?
MDIS was ranked Top 2 among Private Educational Institutions in Singapore. MDIS also offers generous scholarships for students who display excellence in terms of academic performance. In addition to that, the institution also has a company-sponsorship option.
MDIS is located at Stirling Road. The private institute has spent $35 million on its campus facilities in order to provide exquisite location and infrastructure for learning.
Between 2017 and 2018, MDIS’ employability rate has greatly increased from 73.50% to 80.90%. To add to that, from 2010 to 2018, 80.9% of full-time and part-time graduates from the institution were employed only within 6 months following their graduation.
MDIS even have a Career Assistance Unit which is tasked to help students with their career concerns. This unit prepares them to quickly land a job following graduation. The unit creates networks for students to connect with in order to increase their chances of employability and expand their horizons.
Another award that MDIS has attained is the TED Awards 2018 Special, which is an award celebrating the performance of PEIs; Mediacorp’s Star Awards 2018 through which MDIS students designers were able to present their designs and the double win the institution attained at the Prestige Brand Award of 2018.
SIM Global Education, or SIM for short, is our top 2 among the top private universities in Singapore. This private university has 10 partner universities from 4 different regions and countries. In the United Kingdom, SIM is partnering with the University of London, University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, University of Stirling, and The University of Manchester.
Now, in Australia, SIM is partnering with RMIT University, the University of Wollongong, and La Trobe University.
In the United States, they’ve entered a partnership with the University of Buffalo.
And finally, in France, they also have partnered with Grenoble Ecole de Management.
Why Study Here?
SIM offers programmes that are in demand in Singapore. Not only that, but this private school also offers two types of scholarships. First, the Academic Excellence and Leadership. This scholarship is granted to students who showcase excellence in terms of academics and realms outside the class. The second is Sports and Artistic Talent, which is granted to students who have exemplary talents in sports.
Moreover, they also have a variety of general modules similar to this (which we have done very well for!)
SIM Headquarters has undergone expansion in 2014 and it prides itself on its main and largest campus, which is located along Clementi Road.
In 2017, 8 out of 10 or 82.7% of SIM graduates were able to land employment in only a period of 6 months after graduating from their programmes. 18.8% of the total number of graduates were able to land either freelance or part-time jobs.
Kaplan Higher Education Academy, or Kaplan for short, is the top among the many private universities in Singapore. Kaplan has the highest number of partner universities and the institution’s partner universities worldwide, amounting to 40+ universities. In Singapore, Kaplan has entered partnerships with 12 universities. The names of the university partners are as follows: Birmingham City University, Griffith University, Monash University, Murdoch University, Northumbria University, RMIT University, Royal Holloway University of London, Swinburne University o Technology, University College Dublin, University of Essex, the University of Portsmouth, and the University of South Australia.
Why Study Here?
For 3 consecutive years, Kaplan was awarded as the Best Private Education Institute for several programmes offered by the private institution. In addition, it is also awarded the Best Corporate Training Provider for Computer Science & IT and Finance Management by the JobsCentral Learning Training and Education Development (TED) Awards of 2018.
Kaplan has four campus locations, namely Wilkie Edge, PoMo, Devan and Nire Institute.
This private institution has an employability rate of 83.30% with a median monthly salary of $2,500.00.
Also like MDIS, Kaplan also has an assisting body for students in reaching their career goals. Kaplan calls this K Career Development Series. It provides students with a framework for employability and career advisory consisting of developmental workshops, previews, meetings and counselling or coaching. In collaboration with Talent Marketplace, the private university also provides job-matching services to graduating full-time students graduates from Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. The purpose of this job-matching service is to provide job seekers with alternative career search choices so as to maximise available opportunities in the job search market.
And there you go!
Now, before you finally choose one from the top private universities in Singapore, aside from choosing from the quality programmes these Private Educational Institutions offer, make sure to also factor in the employability, mean salary and marketability of the programme you are going to apply to following graduation!
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