Cooperation in Education [fr]
Education is a priority for the Singapore government, which spent about 12.5% of its annual budget in 2019 on the sector, or SGD 13.2 billion (about 8.62 billion euros).
Cooperation in education between France and Singapore grew from strength to strength in recent years.
As part of the France - Singapore Year of Innovation, two joint seminars were organised on the teaching of mathematics, in the light of the excellent results obtained through the "Singapore method".
In July 2019, the Singaporean Minister for Education was invited by his French counterpart to participate in the ministerial meeting on education organised in France in the framework of the French Presidency of the G7. The two ministers undertook to continue exchanges in early education, teacher training, technical and professional training, etc.
- French and Francophonie
- University cooperation
- Campus France Singapore
- France Alumni Singapore Network
- Scholarship programmes
- French higher education institutions based in Singapore
The French language is offered as a third language to secondary school students in Singapore. The best students learn the language at one of the two branches of the Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC), located in Bishan and Newton.
Singaporeans also have the opportunity to study French at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, in addition to the Nanyang Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
The French language is also taught at the Alliance française de Singapour, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2019, and in several other language centres.
In total, more than 10,000 people are learning French in Singapore taught by approximately 300 French teachers, some dozens of whom are members of the Singapore Association of French Teachers (APFS).
Each year around 20 March, International Day of the Francophonie, embassies of French-speaking countries get together to organise the Fête de la Francophonie (Francophonie Festival) during which cultural and educational events in French for the general public are held, mostly at the Alliance française de Singapour.
University cooperation between France and Singapore is very developed. There are around 100 partnerships between higher education institutions resulting in exchanges of hundreds of students between the two countries each year (for a semester or a year).
The oldest university cooperation programme is the French Double Degree Programme, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. Six of the best French engineering schools (Centrale Supelec, École des Ponts ParisTech, Ecole Polytechnique, Ensta Paris, Mines ParisTech et Telecom Paris) partner the National University of Singapore to offer this programme.
In addition, several French higher education institutions have set up decentralised campuses in Singapore (see below) while others have established double degree programmes with Singaporean universities (for example Sciences Po).
List of double degrees awarded by both France and Singapore:
French Double Degree Programme (NUS / Centrale Supelec, École des Ponts ParisTech, Ecole Polytechnique, Ensta Paris, Mines ParisTech et Telecom Paris)
Double Degree Programme (NUS / Sciences Po)
Double degree from the School of Public Affairs of Sciences Po / NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
CEMS Masters in International Management (HEC / NUS Business School)
Petroleum Projects and Offshore Technology (IFP School / NUS)
The Nanyang-ESSEC Double Masters Programme (ESSEC / Nanyang Business School)
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The Singapore Campus France office, located at the French Embassy, promotes French higher education and international mobility.
Students are welcomed to the office for a face-to-face consultation with an officer who can advise on higher education in France and the various aspects of studying in France. Please make an appointment here.
The “Choose France! Education Fair Singapore” is organised every year since 2017 and allows representatives from numerous French higher education institutions who come to Singapore to meet students interested to pursue an education in France.
Campus France is also an active participant in the many promotional activities organised by Singaporean universities.
Facebook: Campus France Singapore
The Embassy of France in Singapore is in charge of the France Alumni Singapore platform. Launched in January 2016, this social network is created for persons based in Singapore who had studied or interned in France, to enable them to stay connected through networking, or to access job offers and be kept informed of news about France.
Launched on 15 March 2019 by the Embassy of France in Singapore at the closing of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation, the France Excellence Internships programme aims to strengthen the ties between Singaporean universities and French companies. It offers internship possibilities to Singaporean students. Each student receives a funding from both the Embassy of France and a French company. The six universities in Singapore and more than 20 French companies are partners in this programme.
Every year, the Embassy of France in Singapore sends students to France under the "French + Sciences" programme offered by Campus France and participating language centres offering French as a foreign language (FLE). The programme consists of stays of three to four weeks during which students will learn French and be based at internationally recognised companies in the economic basin of the region where the partner FLE centres are situated (each of these centres has been given the "FLE quality label"). The aim is to enhance technological know-how and emphasise the excellence of French scientific training.
Other funding opportunities are available here.
Established since 2001, this school is located next to the Fusionopolis complex. It offers a full-time MBA or a part-time Executive MBA (with courses taking place in France and Singapore on an alternate basis). Professional continuing education (Executive Education) is also available.
Visit www.insead.edu for more information.
ESSEC Asia-Pacific opened its new campus in Singapore in January 2015. Many students from France or Asia enrol in the school’s Singapore campus for internships or specialised masters, thesis or research. ESSEC also offers executive training courses for professionals.
Visit www.essec.edu for more information.
Situated in the financial district, EDHEC opened its doors in January 2011. Its activities are exclusively geared towards the development of research and training in finance offered through the EDHEC-Risk Institute-Asia, the Asian arm of the research centre EDHEC-Risk Institute based in Nice, for the development of new research programmes. Continuing education programmes are also available: PhD in finance, training seminars for the financial industry and part-time Executive MSc in risk and investment management.
Visit www.edhec-risk.com for more information.
Since 2006, Grenoble Ecole de Management has been offering courses leading to the Master in International Business (MIB) and the MSc Finance in Singapore.
Visit www.grenoble-em.com for more information.
In 2011, the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas embarked on an ambitious internationalisation programme with the creation of several delocalised campuses called "Sorbonne-Assas International Law School" (Dubai, Paris, Mauritius and Singapore). Its Singapore campus is located at INSEAD and since 2012, has been offering the LL.M. degree in International Business Law.
Visit www.sorbonne-assas-ils.org for more information.
Founded in 1993 and born of the foresight and ambition that a designer will play a strategic role in the development of organisations, Strate is the first private design school in France and one of the best international design institutions (ranked as one of the top 60 design schools worldwide by Business Week). In addition, Strate one of the top five in the world in the transportation and mobility design domain.
In Singapore, Strate which is housed in the National Design Centre, offers a full-time or part-time Master in Design for Smart Cities, and short courses in design (continuing education or Executive Education). Students work on many projects in partnership with companies and for periods ranging from one week to five months. The Master in Design curriculum trains and prepares highly employable and experienced graduates who are capable of designing and deploying complete solutions both for residents in and visitors to smart cities.
Visit www.strate.design for more information.