16 May 2020
Some Singaporean students are rethinking plans to go for further studies abroad, in light of the global situation, and also factoring in economic uncertainties and the high cost of living and tuition overseas.
Take Raffles Institution alumnus Valerie Lu, for instance. She originally wanted to go to the Maryland Institute College of Art this August for her degree studies, but she has since decided to apply for a place in the new degree course in design and artificial intelligence at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
SUTD has pushed back the start date of its academic year from May to Sept 14 from this year, and launched another admissions exercise from May 4 to cater to people such as Ms Lu.
Like Singapore’s five other autonomous universities, SUTD has also taken admissions online. SUTD said that more than a 100 A-level holders and polytechnic diploma holders have attended its online information sessions so far.
SUTD said that this year’s applicants will be assessed on the ability to cope with the academic rigour of the courses, the ability to work well in teams, and intellectual curiosity.