Ladies and Gentlemen,
As a follow up to to my last article, parents and students should also consider Europe other than the usual destinations of USA, Canada Australia and New Zealand. From having lived in Germany and my understanding of European education, there are tremendous opportunities for an excellent education in Europe.
Germany for instance is a leader in science and technology. A degree in Chemical Engineering from Germany for instance would be at par if not superior to even a American education. And the additional possible attraction is the fact that as far as I know, the education systems there, including Scandinavia, offer much more generous and universal scholarships for students than the usual destinations of UK etc. Another advantage of going to these countries is the advantage of acquiring a new language. We forget, half the world speaks French. A degree from France or Belgium would mean more doors opening in the rest of the non English speaking world. A degree from Germany may mean a job in Switzerland or even Namibia, former German SW Africa with a job in diamonds or gold. A degree from Holland may mean a job in Holland, the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean or Suriname or Dutch Guiana.
The point I am trying to make to Singapore students is this. You really don't need much money to get an education abroad. What you need is guts. What you need is a burning desire to achieve your aim. Once you have that, the rest is history.
But don't forget one thing. If you want to be a lawyer in Singapore, it still has to be the English speaking world. Studying Roman Dutch law in Wolfgang Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt will not help you practice law in Singapore. Law is still an excellent subject of study and it is still a good choice. Lee Kuan Yew and his dictatorship will not be around for too long, from the looks of it. In the future, you will be able to practice law in Singapore under the rule of law. Sadly it does not exist now.
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