Institute of Technical Education
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a post-secondary institute which equips secondary school leavers
and working adults with technical skills and knowledge to meet the manpower needs to meet the various sectors
of the industry. ITE provides full-time institutional training and apprenticeship programmes for school
leavers as well as Continuing Education and Training (CET) programmes for workers.
There are currently four polytechnics in Singapore, with a fifth one that will be coming soon.
Their names are Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechynic
and the fifth one is known as Republic Polytechnic. Polytechnics have been set up to ensure broad-based
training for students inclined towards practice-oriented studies at tertiary studies. They are geared towards
people with "O" and "A" level qualifications as well as graduates from technological institutes.
A wide range of courses such as IT, engineering, business and maritime studies, mass communication,
marketing, graphic, product and interior design and computer studies are provided. ITE graduates holding
a certificate of merit in relevant National Trade Certificate Grade 2 courses, or those who have gone through
the ITE's apprenticeship scheme can also apply for a place at one of the polytechnics.
National Institute of Education
Professional trainings for teaches are conducted here at the National Institute of Education (NIE),
an institute at the Nanyang Technological University.
NIE offers four-year degree programmes for
"A" level students which lead to the award of the degree of Bachelor
of Arts with Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Science with Diploma in
Education, Bachelor of Arts with Diploma in Education (Physical Education) or
Bachelor of Science with Diploma of Education (Physical Education). Two-year
programmes are also offered to "A" level students and Polytechnic
Diploma holders. These lead to the award of the Diploma in Education or Diploma
in Physical Education.
For university graduates, NIE offers the one-year
Postgraduate Diploma in Education Programme. They will be trained to teach
either in primary schools or secondary schools. Alternatively, they can take up
the two-year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Physical Education) Programme
and specialize in teaching Physical Education.
Admission to the three universities, the National
University of Singapore, the Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore Management University
are based on GCE "A" level performance and, in some cases, interviews as well.
Diploma holders can also apply for admission to the universities.
Faculties in the National University of Singapore
offer degree programmes in Arts and Social Sciences, Architecture, Building and
Real Estate, Business Administration, Law, Science, Engineering, Medicine and
Dentistry. Postgraduate studies are offered in all faculties and there are six
postgraduate schools, namely the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences,
Business, and Science; Schools of Medical and Dental Studies as well as the
Postgraduate School of Engineering.
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has
its origin in the former Nanyang Technological Institute. With the incorporation
of the National Institute of Education in 1991, NTU has become a comprehensive
university offering a diverse selection of courses. Its Engineering and Business
related programmes are most notable and have received accolades from
The degree courses offered at NTU include
Accountancy, Business, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Electrical
and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering, Civil and
Structural Engineering, Arts, Science, Education and Physical Education.
Open Degree University Programme
The Ministry of Education appointed the Singapore
Institute of Management to run the Open University Degree Programme (OUDP)
because of the institute’s experience in organizing part-time further
education programmes for working adults. The OUDP is run in collaboration with
the UK Open University and adopts an open approach to learning. Open learning
systems are designed to meet individual requirements and remove barriers,
notably of time and space, that prevent attendance at traditional courses. The
OUDP adopts a multi-media instructional system. Some of the main components are
self-learning study units, audio and video tapes, revision classes as well as
Singapore Management University,
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and
LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts
The Ministry of Education also oversees the broad strategic development of three
public-funded private institutions of higher learning, the Singapore Management
University, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the LaSalle-SIA College of the