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Singapore to have two more universities

Singapore will have two more universities - the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and the SIM University (UniSIM) - bringing the total number of national universities to six.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, said this will mean that by 2020, 40 per cent of each school-going cohort will be able to have a university education, higher than the current 27 per cent.

UniSIM is a private institution which runs full-time and part-time courses, while SIT has high quality foreign partners such as DigiPen and Technical University of Munich.

The government will build on their strengths and branding as institutions that have been working closely with industry and emphasising practice-oriented teaching.

With growing demand for university places among Singaporeans, Mr Lee said the government will increase full-time places for applied degrees at SIT and UniSIM.

He said: "Last year, I tasked (Senior Minister of State for Education, and Information, Communications and the Arts) Lawrence Wong to study this issue, and he concluded that we should create more university places.

"But that we should focus on applied, practice-oriented degrees, for example, engineers, physiotherapists, social workers - skills which are useful, which are in demand, which will help to get the graduates jobs - and we should not just churn out graduates, regardless of the quality or employment opportunities."