Update on local universities’ admissions statistics

In a rather stunning clarification, the Straits Times reported that the figures given in Parliament by its Minister of State was incorrect after all. A total of 4,218 places were offered to foreign students this year by the three universities here, instead of 987. This works out to 18 per cent of the 22,933 foreigners who had applied.

Notwithstanding, the point remains that the public would be better able to appreciate the numbers if they were also told of the Singaporean and international students who applied, how many did not meet the requisite entrance criteria in the first place. Well, I guess sometimes it’s not that the news makers do not want to reveal the full set of information, but that the right questions need to be asked.

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2 Responses to “Update on local universities’ admissions statistics”


  1. 1 Where to Apply August 10, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I’m still deciding where to apply, but those statistics are absolutely ridiculous. 18 out of 22,933?!?… and I thought it was bad in the US.

  2. 2 Vinamarata Kaur October 18, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Reply to the above response: It is 18 per cent, i.e. 4,218 out of 22,933. I think you misunderstood what’s wriiten in the post!!


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