Accreditation in Singapore
The Ministry of Education (MOE) registers private schools and distance learning courses. However, as all private schools are owned by private entities, the operators themselves are responsible for the management and administration of their schools and courses. They are responsible for its every aspect, including matters relating to curriculum, course structure, admission criteria, fees payable, academic rigors, program quality, teaching standard and assessments/examinations.
You may wish to access the following website link for the list of private schools and external degree programs (EDP) which are registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE): http://www.moe.gov.sg/privatesch/
However, please note that registration with MOE does not in any way represent an endorsement or accreditation of the quality of the courses offered. In the case of overseas universities offering courses here through local agents, the institutions concerned and their agents are responsible for all aspects of the programs, including matters relating to curriculum, course structure, admission criteria, academic rigors, program quality, teaching standard and assessments/examinations.
It is advisable for students interested in enrolling for such courses to find out as much as possible about the programs from the institutions or agents, before enrolling in them. Students should also exercise caution in reading and understanding the terms of contract between them and the school, seeking clarification if need be.
Also, MOE does not have a list of accredited educational institutions and there is also no central authority in Singapore that assesses or grants recognition for qualifications obtained from overseas or local institutions. The reason is that the employer should be the one deciding whether a job applicant has the qualities desired for the job and the qualification most relevant to his needs. The employer is in the best position to decide how much value he will assign to a person’s qualification.
Singapore Education is a multi-government agency initiative launched by the Singapore Government in 2003 to establish and promote Singapore as a premier education hub and help international students make an informed decision on studying in Singapore. This initiative is led by the Singapore Economic Development Board and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, SPRING Singapore, International Enterprise Singapore and the Ministry of Education. The following describes the key roles that each agency plays in the arena of Singapore Education:
- Singapore Tourism Board (STB) - Education Services Division: Promote and market Singapore Education overseas
- Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB): Attract internationally renowned educational institutions to set up campuses in Singapore
- International Enterprise Singapore (IE): Aid quality schools in Singapore to develop their businesses and set up campuses overseas
- SPRING Singapore: Administer quality accreditation for private education organizations in Singapore
- Ministry of Education Singapore (MOE): Oversee the public school system in Singapore