Singapore and Australia will benefit from closer higher education ties thanks to a new arrangement announced in May. The Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, will see the establishment of deeper engagement between universities in Singapore and Australia. While Australia and Singapore already enjoy a strong, long-term education partnership, broader cooperation between the two countries is expected to benefit universities and students alike.
It’s estimated that to date more than 130,000 students from Singapore have already graduated from Australian universities, while the number of Australian qualifications recognised by Singapore has also grown. The two countries are also establishing a professional services framework to further support the mutual recognition of professional qualifications into the future. Australia’s high quality institutions already have an enviable reputation in Singapore and this new agreement is expected to encourage greater workforce mobility and promote stronger country ties. It’s also interesting to note that His Excellency Dr Tony Tan, President of the Republic of Singapore is an Australian university graduate.
In addition, a new Memorandum of Understanding on innovation and science engagement between Australia and Singapore will build stronger links and support learning and economic growth in both countries.