Make PEIs your choice
Piqued by interest in what private education institutions have to offer, several final-year polytechnic students we interviewed asked a series of questions. To provide the answers, we gathered a panel of experts. They include Mr Leon Choong, Executive Vice-President, Kaplan Singapore; Mr Loh Siew Meng, Managing Director of Informatics Academy; Mr Chris Lee, Deputy Director, Recruitment of SMF Institute of Higher Learning; and representatives from ACCA Singapore and SAA Global Education Centre.
1. How do the private education institution (PEIs) choose their university partners?
As an indicative trend, PEIs generally refer to university ranking guides like the QS World University Rankings, The Sunday Times University Guide and The Guardian University Guide for ranking by faculty, subjects and other factors.
The PEIs also refer to overall university rankings, which comprise composite factors like academic reputation, research citations, proportion of international students and international faculty.
The PEIs also refer to accreditation by professional bodies and international accreditation agencies like Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, European Quality Improvement System and Association of MBAs. Another key element is the relevance of the programmes offered to industry needs.
2. What are the academic standards of the university partners for each PEI and how do they compare to those of our local universities?
The PEIs check on the strengths and international rankings of each university partner. In today's global market, the degrees from the university partners are comparable with those from our local universities.
3. Where do the lecturers come from and what are their credentials?
Most of the lecturers at PEIs have had experience teaching or lecturing in other PEIs or government schools. Some of them are also selected based on their industry experience in the subject area.
All lecturers are registered with the Council of Private Education and their qualifications can range from diplomas to doctorates.
4. How can I find out the details of the modules of the courses offered by each PEI?
They can be found on their individual websites or you can call the institution directly. You can also visit the PEIs and obtain their prospectus.
Students can also interact with some PEIs on Facebook.