Institute of Technical Education
The ITE is a principal provider of career and technical education in Singapore. As a key developer of national occupational skills certification and standards, the primary role of ITE is to ensure that its graduates have the technical knowledge and skills that are relevant to industry.
Polytechnics were set up with the mission to train professionals to support the technological and economic development of Singapore. Reflecting the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of their students, the polytechnics seek to train students with relevant and specific skills for the workplace to give Singapore a competitive edge as we move into a knowledge-based economy. Today, polytechnic graduates are valued as practice-oriented and knowledgeable professionals, much sought after by industry.
The polytechnics are also a significant provider of continuing education and post employment professional development programmes and services.
There are currently five polytechnics in Singapore:
- Joint Portal of the Polytechnics
- Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
- Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
- Republic Polytechnic (RP)
- Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
- Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
Public and Private Universities
Singapore’s university education aspires to prepare students not only for today’s world but also for a world where there will be jobs that have yet to be invented and challenges not yet foreseen.
Public universities receive government funding, but are autonomous, which gives them the flexibility to strategize, innovate, and differentiate themselves, as they pursue excellence in education, research and service.
Private universities receive government funding so that its students can pursue subsidized part-time and full-time degree programmes.
After years of producing top-quality and relevantly skilled graduates for the country, many of them have moved to establish joint collaborations with world-reknown counterparts or modeled themselves after leading universities. These initiatives have resulted in increasingly industry-focused education pathways that improve the employability and career prospects of students.
There are also a selection of Private institutions offering post-secondary programs in the Arts, Hospitality, Information Technology and Services disciplines.