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5 May 2016

Rising aspirations of diploma holders

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In latest development it is heard that Rising aspirations of diploma holders begin new standards. Moreover it is enumerated that one in three local university students admitted last year is a polytechnic graduate, as the public university landscape expands and diploma holders professionally seek to upgrade themselves.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has affirmed that last year’s local university intake had the highest ever proportion of polytechnic graduates at nearly 34 per cent, up from 24.7 per cent in 2011.

The reported figures are based on the student intakes of publicly funded undergraduate programs at the six popular local universities. They are namely as the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design, SIM University (UniSIM) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

The educators conveyed that the greater proportion of poly graduates in local universities is in line with the rising aspirations of diploma holders who wish to have a quality university degree.

The passionate poly graduates have more options today. They could work in an area related to their prosperous course, go on to other careers or further their studies. Eventually students attain a passion for their selected profession and to achieve skills mastery. In addition one in five poly graduates won a place in a degree course this year. Four years ago, it was 15 per cent about one in seven.

Education policy experts noted that student’s aspirations are linked to the job market’s bias in favor of degree holders. Thus it’s more for practical reasons than personal interest that most diploma holders wish to obtain a competitive edge. The median monthly starting salary for polytechnic graduates last year was almost $2,100 and $3,300 for university graduates.

The reputed educational consultancy namely Study Singapore encourages the news about Rising aspirations of diploma holders. The Government is taking necessary steps to value the skills and on-the-job performance of diploma holders.

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