education

Students to benefit from enhanced financial assistance schemes
SINGAPORE (Feb 19): Starting from Jan 2019, annual Edusave contributions for each Singaporean primary and secondary school student will be raised to $230 and $290, respectively, from $200 and $240 previously. The aim is to provide support for individuals and families to better prepare for the future and care for another, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in its Budget 2018 ...
New training programme to prepare accounting & finance professionals for the future
SINGAPORE (Oct 11): CPA Australia has partnered Singapore’s NTUC and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to launch a new training programme for accounting and finance professionals. Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) will be eligible for training subsidies of over 40% of the course fees. Called Finance for the Future, the new suite of 20 courses will offer training in the ...
Building a ‘Smart Nation’ in Singapore doesn't come cheap
SINGAPORE (July 12): Schooling isn't cheap in Singapore: not just for citizens, but for the government too. The city state boasts one of the best education systems in the world and as the government tries to transform the economy into a high-tech hub — part of its "Smart Nation" programme — it’s putting heavy emphasis on equipping students with skills for a digital ...
Is Hong Kong or Singapore a better city for expats?
HONG KONG (June 29): In the race to lure talent for global firms’ regional headquarters, Hong Kong and Singapore have long been neck-and-neck. While many companies make their managers locate in one or the other city — often depending on whether their duties focus more on Southeast Asia, or on China — others give top talent a choice. Back before Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese rule in ...
Investing opportunities abound in Asia with Singapore as an ‘excellent platform’: Menon
SINGAPORE (June 23): Asia’s overall medium-term prospects are good and Singapore is strategically positioned to offer investors an excellent platform to tap into the region’s investing opportunities, says Ravi Menon, MD of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The republic also offers a dynamic ecosystem for investors looking towards Asian infrastructure, providing quality solutions in ...
Mapletree acquires portfolio of US & Canada assets worth $2.2 bil
SINGAPORE (June 2): Mapletree Investments, the Temasek-backed property development, investment and capital management company, acquired a portfolio of assets from Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors worth US$1.6 billion ($2.2 billion). The portfolio comprises eight purpose-built student housing assets with 3,611 beds in the US and 140 beds in Canada, as well as four multi-family assets with ...
Singapore retains title as most talent competitive country in Asia Pacific
SINGAPORE (April 18): For the fourth consecutive year, Singapore has retained its top spot in Asia Pacific in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2017, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Malaysia.   The annual benchmarking report, which measures the ability of countries to compete for talent, was announced today during GTCI’s regional launch at INSEAD Asia campus ...
6 ways Singapore has set the bar for developing deep capital markets
SINGAPORE (April 12): Many emerging market (EM) policymakers are still struggling with the hurdles of implementing the changes required to create vibrant and well-performing capital markets, despite understanding how important it is to do so in order to support the real economy. According to McKinsey & Company, the challenges range from limitations in private sector engagement, to vicious ...
How VR is re-energising long established industries
SINGAPORE (March 23): Virtual Reality (VR) is not a new medium, but it is being utilised in exciting new ways that are disrupting not just entertainment but entire industries at large as once traditionally considered industry standards become obsolete. New VR devices have naturally found a place with gaming’s notorious early adopters. While the home systems continue to dominate the gaming ...
Expat families, take note of this potential financial trap
SINGAPORE (Dec 6): Singapore is the third most expensive country in Asia in terms of international education fees after Hong Kong and China, based on recent data from the ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey 2016 The annual worldwide study conducted by ExpatFinder.com, the web publication of tech company Interexpat, was designed to provide guidance on navigating cost challenges relating ...