28 December 2018
The Ministry of Education has decisively implemented aptitude-based admissions for institutions of higher learning in Singapore.
Three autonomous universities – Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University – will raise the intake of students through their discretionary admission exercises from 10 per cent to 15 per cent.
The intake of students entering polytechnics through the Early Admissions Exercise has also been increased to 15 per cent for this year’s academic intake.
More students can now gain early admission into the Institute of Technical Education based on their talents and interests, as the courses will no longer have a cap limiting the number of students admitted through this processs.
The Ministry believes that switching to aptitude-based admission schemes and programmes will encourage Singaporeans to build on their unique strengths instead of chasing after grades and qualifications.