The competitive advantage of Singapore tertiary education

Vong, John, Song, Insu, Phat, Nguyen Tan , Linh, Huynh Khanh, and Ou, Channary (2013) The competitive advantage of Singapore tertiary education. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Managing the Asian Century, pp. 65-71. From: ICMAC 2013: International Conference on Managing the Asian Century, 11-13 July 2013, Singapore.

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Abstract

According to UNESCO's final figures for 2009, since 2000 the number of international students has increased by 75 %, about 8 % annual growth rate. The number of international students in Singapore is also expected to grow at 10 % annual rate reaching 150,000 in 2015. Singapore has become one of most favorite destinations for international students for higher education, its growth rate surpassing traditionally favored Western countries, such as US. International students have also become an important economic factor. The total economic contribution from international students studying in Singapore is about 2 % of Singapore GDP. We have surveyed 234 students who are currently studying in Singapore to find out the competitive advantage of Singapore Tertiary Education. The results show that recommendations from friends and teachers have major influences on students' decision in choosing schools and countries, followed by country factors, such as personal security. Surprisingly, schools' promotional activities and agents have limited influence on students' decision making.

Item ID: 28683
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: Asian century education, Singapore, emerging market, international students
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ISBN: 978-981-4560-61-0
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 04:25
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 100%
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