Look, there are a lot of private universities in Singapore and there might be too many options and factors to consider.
We understand your need therefore in this blog, we have provided you the top 9 private universities in Singapore with all the information you need from partner universities to employability facts.
The private universities in Singapore enlisted here were arranged based on several factors such as number of partner universities, ranking and quality of programmes which make Kaplan Higher Education Academy and SIM Global Education top this list.
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Ranked 10th among the private universities in Singapore listed here, ERC Institute is partnered with three universities namely, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), University of Greenwich and University of Wolverhampton. ERC Institute also offers niche bachelor and master programmes in aeronautics and aviation awarded by ERAU.
Why Study Here?
In 2012, ERCI was awarded with Promising SME 500 Award Platinum Category for its business practices and environmental sustainability. The institution has also qualified for Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organisations and is registered 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 PEI Graduate Employment Survey of 2017, graduates from ERC Institute has the highest median gross monthly salary in Singapore. Not only that, ERC Institute graduates also has the highest full-time employment rate as rated by PEI also.
Despite being one of the youngest Private Education Institutions (PEI), ERCI has already been given a 4-year certification for the Enhanced Registration Framework for maintaining quality service in accommodating student influx and programmes delivery. Not only ERC Institute excels in awards, it also won Champion in the Youth Entrepreneurs Competition by Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC).
Dimensions has three partner universities namely University of Hertofrdshire (UK), Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK) and University of Chester (UK).
Why Study Here?
Dimensions International College was established in 1980 and has been offering quality programmes for 36 years since. If you’re considering enrolling in Dimensions, you will have several options for campuses, the college has 3 campuses located at Singapore: Kovan Campus, Bukit Timah Campus, and City Campus located at River Valley.
In order to increase employability, Dimensions International College has offices in countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Korea and Myanmar. Also, apart from its partner universities, Dimensions is also partnered to 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, all of which offer a total of 86 courses all designed to increase employability upon successful completion.
In 2016, the college was awarded with 4-Year EduTrust Certification by Committee for Private Education (CPE) and Premier College Status by ASIC, UK for several years.
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 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?
EASB has been providing quality programmes to students for 30 years and have progressed over the years partnering with four universities. The institution offers Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes in business, hospitality and tourism, finance, real estate and psychology.
EASB 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 EASB is also convenient because of its proximity to bus stops and MRT stations such as Toa Payoh and Novena.
EASB is guided by their 4Cs – Competent, Confident, Creative and Committed in guiding their students towards success in their career ladder. The institution is known for its employability centered quality education.
In 2012, EASB received 6th placement for the Enterprise 50 Awards and at the time the only private education provider that landed a placement for the award. EASB was one among the few Private Education Institutions awarded by SPRING Singapore with Singapore Quality Class award. The institution was also given 4-year EduTrust certification by 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.
Amity Global Institute has two university partners.
University of London, which offers the following courses with Amity Global Institute:
Academic Direction by Queen Mary:
Academic Direction by Goldsmith:
Academic Direction by City, University of London:
Also University of Northampton, which offers the following courses with Amity Global Institute:
Why Study Here?
Amity Global Institute 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 are recognised globally by institutions and employers. University of London has 50,000 students globally studying a degree under the university.
The Master of Business Administration offered through Amity Global Institute is under the direction of University of London’s Queen Mary. Queen Mary University of London prides 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 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 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, Computer Science is learned by doing and experimenting. Also by upholding hands-on, project-based approaches of 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 City, University of London is the forefront of business education for over 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. University of Northampton also gained the the prestigious ‘Business School of the Year Award’ for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
Other key reasons why study a degree under University of Northampton through Amity Global Institute:
- Awarded Gold status – the highest possible mark in the Teaching ExcellenceFramework (TEF). The TEF is the only system introduced by the UK government 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
University of London has a global employability award as one of the five finalists for “Most Improved Commitment to Employability” category of National Undergraduate Employability awards.
While University of Northampton has a global employability record with 96% of employability rated by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), UK. The university’s graduates are in work or further study only within six months after graduating. University of Northampton also is one of the 9 UK universities in the top 30 for both student satisfaction and employability.
5. PSB Academy
PSB Academy 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?
In Singapore, PSB Academy was ranked 11th and 11,336 for 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 their 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.
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 for rising talents in Singapore.
Nanyang has two partner universities namely University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and York St John University. Nanyang also has articulation partners namely La Trobe University, University of South Australia, Griffith University and Federation University Australia. Nanyang offers Bachelor’s Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses.
Why Study Here?
UWS ranked in the Top 100 in UK for Research, and according to Guardian University Guide 2014, the university is considered one of Scotland’s most vocational higher education institutions. It has also gained the highest rating for Quality and Standards in 2014.
While York St John University was ranked 31 by the Times Higher Education Student Experience 2017. The university is also CMI provider-accredited and a member of Business in the Community. It has also been awarded with he Social Enterprise Gold Mark Holder for Business Excellence.
Nanyang is located at Eu Tong Sen Street close to Clark Quay MRT Station.
Nanyang’s 2018 fresh graduates earn a median pay of $3,500.00. While 2018 batch of graduates have gained higher starting pay. This includes graduates of Information Technology with 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 University of Sunderland and Bangor University. In 2014, 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 2012.
While 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 company-sponsorship option.
MDIS is located at Striling Road, the institute has spent $35 million for 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%. Also, from 2010 to 2018, 80.9% of full-time and part-time graduates from the institution were employed in only within 6 months following 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 for employability and expand their horizons.
Other awards MDIS attained are 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 is our top 2 among the top private universities in Singapore. SIM has 10 partner universities from 4 different regions and countries. From United Kingdom SIM is partnering with University of London University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, University of Stirling and The University of Manchester.
From Australia, SIM is partnering with RMIT University, University of Wollongong and La Trobe University.
From United States, University of Buffalo.
And finally from France, Grenoble Ecole de Management.
Why Study Here?
SIM offers programmes that are in demand in Singapore. Not only that, SIM also offers two types of scholarships namely Academic Excellence and Leadership which is granted to students who showcase excellence in terms of academics and realms outside the class. Second is Sports and Artistic Talent, which is granted to exemplary athletes.
SIM Headquarters has undergone expansion in 2014 and it prides itself with its main and largest campus located along Clementi Road.
8 out of 10 or 82.7% SIM graduates in 2017 were able to land employment in only 6 months following graduation. 18.8% of total number of graduates were able to land freelance or part-time jobs.
Kaplan is the top among the private universities in Singapore. Kaplan has the highest number of partner universities and the institution’s partner universities worldwide amount to 40+ universities. In Singapore, Kaplan is partnered with 12 universities namely 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, University of Portsmouth and 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 institution. It is also awarded with 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.
Kaplan has an employability rate of 83.30% with median monthly salary of $2,500.00.
Also like MDIS, Kaplan also has an assisting body for students in reaching for their career goals. Kaplan calls this K Career Development Series. It provides student with framework for employability and career advisory consisting of developmental workshops, previews, meetings and counselling or coaching.
There you go!
So before you finally choose one of 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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