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Old 21-06-2016, 11:13 AM   #166
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Can SIT degree (hosted by SIT) with honors apply for PhD or masters in NTU/NUS? If possible are the chances quite slim?
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Old 23-06-2016, 03:32 PM   #167
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Can SIT degree (hosted by SIT) with honors apply for PhD or masters in NTU/NUS? If possible are the chances quite slim?
Yes. Possible, but your need to take note of the other factors that influence your chance to gain admission into a post graduate degree and work on them.
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Old 26-08-2016, 08:39 PM   #168
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Hi everyone, i have done MBA from University of Wollongong, I am looking forward to pursue PhD. Any recommendations? Scholarships? Admission Criteria? Or Reference of any relevant forum
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Old 27-03-2017, 03:57 PM   #169
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tbh, SIT is one of the better choices than sim/other pte unis
Agree! SIT uses very up to date software and machines, it is good exposure and experience. However, when you start working you might notice companies still use old programs and software that differ a lot from what the school taught. BUT - always good to stay up to date - plus point for employers!
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Saw this site showing graduate pay from various companies in Singapore. Some have comments. May help in deciding choice of course.

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Old 03-04-2017, 04:52 PM   #171
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Is NBS or SMU Business better? In a dilemma now of which one to choose.....
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:28 PM   #172
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Definitely can. The Uni is looking at you research and your performance. They do not look at where you are from. Hope this helps.
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Old 17-08-2017, 04:19 PM   #173
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Part-Time studies in NUS (School of Continuous & Lifelong Learning)

Howdy everybody...

It's currently my first week in NUS' part-time degree program and I'm feeling... meh. The lecturer can't even teach Engineering math well... im so pissed.

Just wanna sincerely get views/opinions on my current part-time degree I'm doing called Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Engineering.

It'd be good to see people whom graduated with this degree provide their experience and how this degree benefited their career or pay scale.

I'd like to teach in the future though, will this degree benefit me in any sense or should I opt for a NIE degree next year? Currently 23 and just ORD-ed from NS.

Thanks a bunch people!!
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Old 13-09-2017, 08:25 PM   #174
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Dear All,

I have some doubts and would like seek all seniors for advices.

Why do Singaporeans study Overseas instead of Local Universities? The only two reasons I can think of and assumed (Please correct me if I am wrong) is, (a) They did not hit the requirements/rejected by the schools. (b) The course they want to study is not available in Singapore.

Am I right to say that? If these are only part of the reasons, what other reasons why they would consider studying overseas? Is it because the certificate will be more recognised in any ways? If that is the case, why do they not want to go for private institution (Such as PSB Academy, Kaplan, etc) whereby they also do offer Overseas Universities? As compared in studying Singapore (~$20K for the whole degree) whereas studying Overseas (~$30K per year, excluding all other expenses).

The reason I am asking because I have a friend (She is a Malaysian) whom studied in Australia and came back working her first job at Big 4 (In Malaysia). From what I heard, with just a degree certificate (Without ACCA), it is very tough to even enter mid-tier company in Singapore, needless to say Big 4. But she said that these companies like to recruit Overseas Degree Holders. I am not sure how true is this.. Anyone can advise?

If this is true, will there still any difference if I were to go for private institution (Such as PSB Academy, Kaplan, etc) when they also do offer Overseas Universities (Such as, UOW, Coventry, etc)? Like what I mentioned earlier, comparing that studying in Singapore will cost approximately ~$20K for the whole degree whereas studying Overseas will cost approximately ~$30K per year, excluding all other expenses.

I graduated with PSB Academy holding a Diploma in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) certificate and would like to further my studies by going for degree majoring in Accountancy.

The routes I can only go for is either studying in private institution or overseas since local Universities is definitely not possible. But I am very confused about this.

Also, I would also like to ask that what are the chances be like for me to be exempted for 1-2 years (off 3-years course) if I were to study Overseas (Australia/UK), considering that I am not holding a local Diploma? My grades were still okay for Diploma.

Any seniors can kindly explain and enlighten me please?

Thank you very much!

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Old 14-09-2017, 02:45 AM   #175
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Dear All,

I have some doubts and would like seek all seniors for advices.

Why do Singaporeans study Overseas instead of Local Universities? The only two reasons I can think of and assumed (Please correct me if I am wrong) is, (a) They did not hit the requirements/rejected by the schools. (b) The course they want to study is not available in Singapore.

Am I right to say that?

Yes, you are correct.


If these are only part of the reasons, what other reasons why they would consider studying overseas?Is it because the certificate will be more recognised in any ways?

Yes, you are correct. For example, Professional Engineers Board Singapore (PEB Sg) only recognized local or on campus degree. PEB Sg do not recognized distance learning degree from PEIs.


If that is the case, why do they not want to go for private institution (Such as PSB Academy, Kaplan, etc) whereby they also do offer Overseas Universities? As compared in studying Singapore (~$20K for the whole degree) whereas studying Overseas (~$30K per year, excluding all other expenses).

In overseas university, you will learn from Teaching Assistant who may have 0 working experience but you experience the country culture & learn about country work practices in lecture.

In Sg PEIs, you will learn from Lecturer who may have some working experience but you experience local culture & learn about local work practices in lecture.

For example, the different between US & China business.

US: Close Business deal before drinking to celebrate.

China: Drink first before talk about business deal.


The reason I am asking because I have a friend (She is a Malaysian) whom studied in Australia and came back working her first job at Big 4 (In Malaysia). From what I heard, with just a degree certificate (Without ACCA), it is very tough to even enter mid-tier company in Singapore, needless to say Big 4. But she said that these companies like to recruit Overseas Degree Holders. I am not sure how true is this.. Anyone can advise?

If this is true, will there still any difference if I were to go for private institution (Such as PSB Academy, Kaplan, etc) when they also do offer Overseas Universities (Such as, UOW, Coventry, etc)? Like what I mentioned earlier, comparing that studying in Singapore will cost approximately ~$20K for the whole degree whereas studying Overseas will cost approximately ~$30K per year, excluding all other expenses.

Big4 & mid-tier firms groom their accounting staffs to become Public Accountant by meeting the requirement of getting Chartered Accountant Singapore (CA Sg).

That why Big4 & mid-tier firms mostly accept local graduate with good Hons Degree (2nd Upper Hons & above) or/and network. Those from local universities may already secure a job during their internship before they even graduated from university. However as long as you have a good Hons Degree from PEIs from ISCA recognized quantification list, you may still get a chance to enter Big4 & mid-tier firms.

For your Malaysian friend's case, I suspect her degree is not from ISCA recognized quantification list or she do not have good result which is the reason why she cannot even get into mid-tier firms.


To be a Public Accountant in the past, one must have a Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (CPA Sg). Having ACCA is one of the way to get CPA Sg. However now CPA Sg have change to CA Sg, it seem like ACCA is not recognized by ISCA for CA Sg.

That why I hear that Big4 & mid-tier firms have stop recruiting fresh ACCA holders.

However MNCs & SMEs may not be well versed or even care about CA Sg since they do not needs their accounting staffs to be Public Accountant, your friend can consider to apply job in MNCs & SMEs.


I graduated with PSB Academy holding a Diploma in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) certificate and would like to further my studies by going for degree majoring in Accountancy.

The routes I can only go for is either studying in private institution or overseas since local Universities is definitely not possible. But I am very confused about this.

Also, I would also like to ask that what are the chances be like for me to be exempted for 1-2 years (off 3-years course) if I were to study Overseas (Australia/UK), considering that I am not holding a local Diploma? My grades were still okay for Diploma.

Any seniors can kindly explain and enlighten me please?

Thank you very much!

A private Diploma like Diploma from PSB Academy is useless when you want to have exemption in overseas universities (OUs) if OUs do not have any partnership (benefits) with PEIs like PSB Academy.

So chose those accounting degree from OUs list that partnership with PSB Academy & ISCA recognized quantification list.
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Hi Kyoji,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for taking up your time to read and your prompt replies. Thank you so much for your kind detailed explanation on my doubts!

In overseas university, you will learn from Teaching Assistant who may have 0 working experience but you experience the country culture & learn about country work practices in lecture.

In Sg PEIs, you will learn from Lecturer who may have some working experience but you experience local culture & learn about local work practices in lecture.

For example, the different between US & China business.

US: Close Business deal before drinking to celebrate.

China: Drink first before talk about business deal.
Do you meant that basically both studying in Singapore or Overseas is actually exactly the same, and the only differences is basically just the country culture. The disadvantages for studying Overseas is that I might get a Teaching Assistant who may have 0 working experience while in Singapore I may get a experience Teacher? In that case, isn't studying in PEIs in Singapore sounds "better" in a way?

Big4 & mid-tier firms groom their accounting staffs to become Public Accountant by meeting the requirement of getting Chartered Accountant Singapore (CA Sg).

That why Big4 & mid-tier firms mostly accept local graduate with good Hons Degree (2nd Upper Hons & above) or/and network. Those from local universities may already secure a job during their internship before they even graduated from university. However as long as you have a good Hons Degree from PEIs from ISCA recognized quantification list, you may still get a chance to enter Big4 & mid-tier firms.

For your Malaysian friend's case, I suspect her degree is not from ISCA recognized quantification list or she do not have good result which is the reason why she cannot even get into mid-tier firms.


To be a Public Accountant in the past, one must have a Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (CPA Sg). Having ACCA is one of the way to get CPA Sg. However now CPA Sg have change to CA Sg, it seem like ACCA is not recognized by ISCA for CA Sg.

That why I hear that Big4 & mid-tier firms have stop recruiting fresh ACCA holders.

However MNCs & SMEs may not be well versed or even care about CA Sg since they do not needs their accounting staffs to be Public Accountant, your friend can consider to apply job in MNCs & SMEs.
Think you misread my post here hehe. My Malaysian friend did get into Big4 after returning from Australia and what's more, she did not go for ACCA (But I heard that she is going to take CPA soon). She told me that companies like Big4 like to recruit Overseas Degree Holder. But from what I have surveyed in Singapore, people said that it is tough to even enter mid-tire companies with just an Accountancy Degree (Without ACCA). Therefore, I am thinking is it because of her pure luck whereas she managed to get into Big4 with her first try moreover is her first job.

Speaking of Bachelor with Hons, I realised that most Australia Universities do not offers Hons? Or was it probably just nice the ones I am looking at. Haha.

She told me that companies like Big4 like to recruit Overseas Degree Holder.
Because of this sentence, I am in a dilemma on whether this really matters and if there will be a difference on "more recognised" certificates if I :

1) Study Overseas University
2) Study in Singapore PEI that offers Overseas University

A private Diploma like Diploma from PSB Academy is useless when you want to have exemption in overseas universities (OUs) if OUs do not have any partnership (benefits) with PEIs like PSB Academy.

So chose those accounting degree from OUs list that partnership with PSB Academy & ISCA recognized quantification list.
So far, PSB Academy do offer Coventry University - Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Accounting and Finance. Since I took my Diploma with PSB Academy, if I were to progress my degree with them, I will be exempted a year and proceed to year two (3-year program) and I will also be exempted 9 papers from ACCA. But honesty I got no idea whether if Coventry is good as compared with studying at other Universities in Australia. Whenever I mentioned about Coventry to others, all they said was "I have never heard of this University before".

And TBH, I am still very confused about all these ACCA, CPA, and others. I have got no idea what are the real differences between these.

I also did a quick check earlier with a few Australia Universities and Singapore Agents. They told me that based on my results, I would probably get a year off (3-years). However, I still have to send in my application for them to assess before knowing the real results.

To/Dear All Seniors :
Is there any UK/Australia Universities that you would highly recommend or is more well-known in Accountancy area? Will you personally recommend to study in Singapore or Overseas based on your own/relatives/friends experiences?

Once again, I thank everyone for your time and kind advices. Have a great day ahead!

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Hi Kyoji,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for taking up your time to read and your prompt replies. Thank you so much for your kind detailed explanation on my doubts!

Do you meant that basically both studying in Singapore or Overseas is actually exactly the same, and the only differences is basically just the country culture. The disadvantages for studying Overseas is that I might get a Teaching Assistant who may have 0 working experience while in Singapore I may get a experience Teacher? In that case, isn't studying in PEIs in Singapore sounds "better" in a way?

You miss out the point on getting a practicing certificate (licence) from Professional Bodies. For example, Professional Engineers Board Singapore (PEB Sg) only recognized local or on campus degree. PEB Sg do not recognized distance learning degree from PEIs.

Singaporeans always get short change for Regional position when compete jobs with foreigners. Local employer will always chose foreigners because their home country consider as 'Region' experience. That why it will be good to have overseas experience over local.


Think you misread my post here hehe. My Malaysian friend did get into Big4 after returning from Australia and what's more, she did not go for ACCA (But I heard that she is going to take CPA soon). She told me that companies like Big4 like to recruit Overseas Degree Holder. But from what I have surveyed in Singapore, people said that it is tough to even enter mid-tire companies with just an Accountancy Degree (Without ACCA). Therefore, I am thinking is it because of her pure luck whereas she managed to get into Big4 with her first try moreover is her first job.

Speaking of Bachelor with Hons, I realised that most Australia Universities do not offers Hons? Or was it probably just nice the ones I am looking at. Haha.

Yes, Australia mostly offered Bachelor Degree instead of direct Hons Degree. So those who have good result will get 'with Merit' or 'with Distinction'. In theory, Bachelor Degree with Distinction is lower then a 3rd Class Hons Degree but employer are not stupid.


Because of this sentence, I am in a dilemma on whether this really matters and if there will be a difference on "more recognised" certificates if I :

1) Study Overseas University
2) Study in Singapore PEI that offers Overseas University

After you graduated, will you remain in overseas to work or come back to Singapore to work? If come back to Singapore to work, no point waste so many money when you can get the same degree from PEIs since both are pay the same salary in Singapore.


So far, PSB Academy do offer Coventry University - Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Accounting and Finance. Since I took my Diploma with PSB Academy, if I were to progress my degree with them, I will be exempted a year and proceed to year two (3-year program) and I will also be exempted 9 papers from ACCA. But honesty I got no idea whether if Coventry is good as compared with studying at other Universities in Australia. Whenever I mentioned about Coventry to others, all they said was "I have never heard of this University before".

And TBH, I am still very confused about all these ACCA, CPA, and others. I have got no idea what are the real differences between these.

I also did a quick check earlier with a few Australia Universities and Singapore Agents. They told me that based on my results, I would probably get a year off (3-years). However, I still have to send in my application for them to assess before knowing the real results.

To/Dear All Seniors :
Is there any UK/Australia Universities that you would highly recommend or is more well-known in Accountancy area? Will you personally recommend to study in Singapore or Overseas based on your own/relatives/friends experiences?

Once again, I thank everyone for your time and kind advices. Have a great day ahead!

In layman term, Chartered Accountant (CA) & Certified Public Accountants (CPA) is a Public Accountant licence. You needs to meet requirement like experience, qualification & etc to get the licence. Depend on the country, it is up to the Professional Bodies to call CA, CPA or whatever name they like. ACCA is just a qualification like a degree.

I already advice you to pick the university from ISCA recognized qualification list. You should do your homework cause Coventry is not a recognized qualification. Of course, end of day if you can confirm that you will not want to be Public Accountant for your career, you can always take any accounting degree.

Not sure if ISCA recognized ACCA for CA Sg & let assume it is recognized. Why do you needs to get a degree follow by ACCA (waste time & money) when you can directly get a degree & get your CA Sg?

I feel that you are not ready yet cause you do not know what you want.
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