Education spending on non-S’porean students was about $500m a year, about 13/14 years ago?

Education Spending

After writing “Masters oourses self-funding – many words, very little numbers?”

and “1 in 3 university students struggling? (Part 2) – Real Tuition fees increased 4.1%, Govt spending 0.2%?”

– I thought I would try to google to find more information, in connection with this issue

Here’s what I found:

“MOE spends S$238 million yearly on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students” (Today, Aug 5, 2019)……/moe-spends-s238…….

“The amount of government spending on scholarships and tuition grants for international students has also fallen by about 50 per cent over the past 10 years, Mr Ong revealed.”


So, does the above mean that the amount spent on international students (foreigners), was about $476m ($238m x 2) in the year around 2008/2009?

In this connection, do “international students” include PRs?

If not, how much more were we spending on non-S’porean students, if we include the amount spent on PRs? About $500m?


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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.