Being a degree mill: Singapore’s shame

November 26, 2009 by · 7 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
26 November 2009

Despite being touted by the Government as a premier centre for education, Singapore has been placed on a degree mill watch-list compiled by Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorisation (ODA).

Degree mills are unaccredited institutions that award academic credentials without a rigorous process. They range from simple frauds — an address to which people send money in immediate exchange for a degree — to elaborate hoaxes in which students participate for a couple of years in seemingly authentic online lessons but do not put in the amount of effort normally required for the degree in question.

The American state of Oregon has strict laws regarding the use of academic qualifications, which include requiring that a person’s business cards, CV and letterhead declare if his degree is from an unaccredited university. Oregon’s degree mill watch-list is one of the most comprehensive compiled by a government body in the United States. It has named six institutions in Singapore as offering unaccredited qualifications: Cranston University, Templeton University, Trident University of Technology, Vancouver University Worldwide, Westmore University and Lee Community College.

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SDP’s joining of Liberal International is heartening

November 26, 2009 by · 4 Comments
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SEE: Democrats join Liberal International

Written by Ng E-Jay
26 November 2009

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was accepted as an Observer at Liberal International two weeks ago at its annual Congress held in Cairo, Egypt.

Liberal International is a consortium of liberal and progressive democratic political parties from all over the world formed with the aim of promoting democratic ideals, human rights, the rule of law, free trade, and a market economy — values that are keenly shared by the SDP.

Represented by Assistant Secretary-General Mr John Tan and Ms Jaslyn Go at the annual Congress, the acceptance of the SDP into Liberal International was a unanimous decision by its Governing Body.

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Loyalty and the Singaporean

November 17, 2009 by · 11 Comments
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Written by Dr Wong Wee Nam
16 November 2009

At a grassroots event recently, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong confidently declared that “new immigrants to Singapore can become Singaporeans in outlook and loyalty within a generation.”

He apparently reached this amazing conclusion after a visit to his ancestral village in Wuling in China’s Fujian province, and after a recent Deepavali event where he found that several young children of permanent residents from India could easily pass off as Singaporeans.

How he could have come to his conclusion based on these two set of factors escapes me.

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Are Singaporeans clueless about retirement, and if so, why?

November 13, 2009 by · 5 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
12 Nov 2009

(This article first appeared in The Online Citizen.)

A recent poll carried out by HSBC Bank revealed that the majority of respondents, aged between 30 and 70, saved only $100 to $200 per month for their retirement [1].

It does not take a financial expert to know that this amount would provide woefully inadequate retirement funding, especially in high cost Singapore.

The same HSBC poll also found that around 30% of Singaporeans were unsure about their retirement plans, including issues like the need for insurance.

Are Singaporeans really that clueless about their own retirement needs, and if so, why?

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