Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) Global Education - 07. Transnational Education - 2nd Language - SIM GE Regional


You may have come across the term ‘transnational education’ (TNE) while weighing your university options but what exactly does it mean? Simply put, TNE is all types of higher education programmes in which learners are located in a country different from where the awarding institution is based. Such an education can be delivered through partnerships and/or joint degrees with overseas host institutions, branch campuses or online courses with qualifications.

The market for TNE has doubled in size since 2000 and continues to grow steadily. Read on to find out why many favour TNE:

More Opportunities to Pursue an International Degree

To many university hopefuls, getting a degree in popular study destinations including the UK, US, and Australia sounds like an enriching and exciting experience but it is costly. With the COVID-19 pandemic and recent developments around the world, safety and well-being have never been more important for both parents and students. If these are some of your concerns, TNE could be your answer.

Especially in a reputable education hub such as Singapore, private education institutions (PEIs) For Singaporean students, this means that you can receive quality international education and form solid global links without having to go overseas—saving you travel and accommodation costs and with the knowledge that you’re in a safe campus environment.

If you’re a foreign student, particularly, from nearby countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, you will also be able to benefit from TNE in Singapore while being closer to home.

Exposure to Pedagogies from Foreign Countries

By international education, we mean that you’ll be exposed to pedagogies from Europe, the US or wherever your awarding institution is based. Most university students from Singapore and the region would have grown up under the traditional pedagogy, in which academic merit is based on grades and test scores.

In the case of TNE, students will not only be assessed by how well they fare in exams, but also by their participation in discussion and group projects. Through this approach, you will gain valuable soft skills, such as communication and teamwork, which will most definitely help you excel in the workplace.

Less Worries About Culture Shock

Apart from the above, opting for a TNE programme has another practical benefit: Culture shock will have less impact on you and you’ll be able to spend more of your time on your studies. To some extent, this applies to non-locals studying in Singapore too. Widely known as a country where ‘East meets West’, Singapore embraces multiculturalism unlike any other city in the world, specifically when it comes to food and language. Wherever you’re from, you’ll feel right at home in Singapore in no time.

If you think Singapore makes a great location for TNE, the next question is, which institution should you choose? Among the many TNE providers is the SIM Global Education (SIM GE), one of the largest and oldest established PEIs in the country.

Partnering with some of the top universities across the world, SIM GE offers over 80 programmes, including bachelors and postgraduate degrees. Regardless of the discipline, the programmes are developed and awarded by reputable and top-ranking partner universities. These degrees are similar to the degrees awarded if studied onshore at the partner universities. At the end of your studies, you’ll have a globally recognised qualification from your preferred university. Here are just a few of your options:

  • University of London, UK: One of the world’s oldest and biggest universities established in 1836
  • University of Birmingham, UK: Top 15 universities in the UK for Accounting and Finance, Business and Management Studies (The Complete University Guide 2020)
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, US: Ranked 1st public university in New York State (Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Rankings 2019)
  • RMIT University, Australia: 15th highest ranked university in Australia (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)

Many of SIM GE’s TNE programmes are fully taught by experienced flying faculty from the respective universities. Fusing Asian practices with international perspectives, the programmes are set to give you a truly global outlook to succeed in this increasingly interconnected world.

Keen to learn more? Visit here for a full list of partner universities and programmes offered at SIM GE.