16 November 2018
SOAS University of London is offering its first degree-level programme taught entirely outside of the UK, in partnership with Ngee Ann Academy (NAA) in Singapore. Two variances of the BSc International Management programme will be available to study at NAA from February 2019.
The partnership brings together two leading higher education providers. NAA has over 20 years’ experience of working successfully in international partnership and is underpinned by Ngee Ann Kongsi, a charitable body supportive of education in Singapore. SOAS has strong international reputation for both its excellence in teaching, its regional specialism and global outlook.
The partnership will enable SOAS to deliver degrees in Singapore with teaching delivery by the School. All other services including student support, recruitment, admissions and physical infrastructure will be provided by NAA. Entry to the programmes will be three times per year – with the initial dates in 2019 being February, June and October.
According to Universities UK International, over 700,000 students now study for UK higher education qualifications outside of the UK. Transnational Education (TNE) is an increasingly significant and successful characteristic of UK universities’ international activity and this trend looks set to continue. The development of TNE initiatives has been identified as a key strategic aim for SOAS as there is a growing market demand for SOAS courses to be taught internationally.
This partnership was announced at a ceremony in Singapore. In his welcome address the President of The Ngee Ann Kongsi Richard Lee said: “With more than forty per cent of [SOAS’s] undergraduate degree programmes offering the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country, we see this as an opportunity to grow the international exposure of our students. We are looking forward to collaborating with other universities to offer a wider variety of degree programmes for our students.”
Director of SOAS Baroness Valerie Amos said: “The alignment of values with SOAS and the focus that the Ngee Ann Academy gives to education, particularly higher education, as an enabler for social mobility. Singapore as a country welcomes UK universities as a key and ongoing element of its higher education system and that that system is recognised globally for the quality of its education.”
SOAS Registrar and Secretary Paula Sanderson added: “The NAA joint partnership will provide excellent learning for any future international partnerships. SOAS plans to capitalise on its international stature abroad by entering into further significant TNE initiatives. Such partnerships will position SOAS more effectively in the international higher education sector, widen its market and ensure that SOAS remains relevant given the increasingly international nature of the higher education sector.”