By next April, 2012, the Singapore University of Technology and Design will commence teaching with up to 500 students. This is a joint project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) where the top 5% of students will spend a semester in MIT itself.
Course fee for Singaporeans is $44k for a eight semesters 3 ½ year Bachelor of Engineering course. A 10 semester Master’s course of 4 ½ years with a major in Architecture and Design will cost $55k.
Two other universities will open their doors in 2013. The Yale-NUS College for humanities will initially have an intake of 150 students. It will offer the Philosophy, Political Science and Economics programme modeled after Oxford University of UK. Course fee has yet to be announced.
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will also commence with an intake of 50 and eventually going up to 150 students. The School is in collaboration with the Imperial College of London and will award a joint NTU-Imperial College degree. Course fee has yet to be announced.
Singapore undergraduates will be in a comfortable position with more choices of renowned universities setting up schools here. The advantage of homeground and lower fees will be a big draw for these students.