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Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education

altThe Association of Private Schools and Colleges Singapore expresses its deep appreciation to Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of Education, for officiating the launch of our new brand logo on March 30 March 2010.


Ms Zhou Jianping, Councellor for Education,Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Singapore

altWarm greetings from Education Office, Embassy of the P R.China in Singapore.

The Association of Private Schools and Colleges(APSC) has been in the forefront of promoting high. quality education by the private sector and helping international students including Chinese students since its foundation in 1987.

Based on the Private Education Act, Singapore Private Education Institutes (PEIs) are facing the reforms. Our office strongly supports the provisions in the new Private Education Act and appreciates the opportunities of constant consultation with the Council for Private Education (CPE) in both formal and informal dialogues.

We view the Enhanced Registration Frame (ERF) and the Edutrust Certification Scherne (Edutrust) as necessary in defining new standards of professional industry conduct, greater concern for student welfare and their investment protection, strong emphasis on quality accredited programmes and more transparent accountability for PEIs.

I sincerely hope that APSC, acting as non-government organisation of PEIs, will continue to contribute to tertiary education in Singapore.


Prof. Andrew Chua, President of APSC

altAPSC stands at the dawn of a new era. We have come a long way from our humble origins in 1987, bringing together private education providers to ensure the delivery of quality education in response to the government’s initiative of encouraging continuing education among working adults.

2007 was the year of transformation for the Association. Empowered by a revised constitution, a new management team and a new name, “The Association of Private Schools and Colleges”, the association responded to the challenges of a rapidly changing industry; Better informed consumers not only from among Singaporeans but increasingly from the region, including ASEAN, China, and India; stepped-up demand for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from good universities; expectations of more effective learning delivery; and vastly increased competition from multinational education providers.

In 2008 another major development occurred. The association received a generous LEAD grant from SPRING, to help propel it into the limelight as an effective national voice and face for private education in Singapore. A new Private Education Act is now operational, which together with the Edutrust Scheme, has defined new standards of professional conduct, quality accredited programmes and a more transparent accountability for PEIs.

The association now represents a sector of the economy, which is growing in significance, challenged with the target of achieving 150,000 foreign students studying in the Republic as well as exporting the Singapore brand of education abroad. A full-time secretariat was established to implement a strong mandate built around 4 major initiatives.

  1. Greater professionalism and competence in the management of PEIs;
  2. Better quality in delivery standards by the industry’s faculty staff through L&T certification and training;
  3. A growing portfolio of quality accredited programmes benchmarked against reputable internationally recognized counterparts; and
  4. Internationalization of the Singapore Brand of private education

In our new and reinvigorated role as the private education industry’s voice, we stand ready to take on fresh challenges facing the industry. We will galvanise our PEI members to deliver the Singapore Brand of private education both locally and to the region. We can do this best by empowering our members to deliver high quality, value-adding, affordable education. Our range of services will be widened and deepened, to build dedicated competent faculties and well managed institutions, professionally trained students, caring staff, good quality, academically accredited programmes, and efficiently managed learning environments. We will lead trade missions, as well as organize education fairs and exhibitions abroad to showcase the best of private education.

In the process of fulfilling our mission, we intend to make a fruitful contribution toward elevating the quality of our nation’s workforce, leading to a consequent improvement in the quality of their individual and corporate lives.



Prof Antony Chapman, Chairman of APSC Academic and Accreditation Committee

altAs Chair of the APSC's Academic and Accreditation Committee, it is my pleasure to write this foreword for the inaugural launch publication.

Singapore is rightly recognised for its excellence as a centre for higher education.This is true for a number of reasons—its geographical location, its reputation as a hub for world business, its unique culture, its many and varied attractions, its safe, warm and welcoming environment — and, primarily, the commitment of the Singaporean government and citizens to excellence in education.

This ethos has been reflected through the work of the Association of Private Schools and Colleges. As it celebrates 25 years of existence, the re-branding exercise will help to raise awareness of the Association and its members. This, in turn, will highlight their relevance to the changing educational landscape in Singapore, in the light of the new Private Education Act and the development of Edutrust by the Council of Private Education. At this crucial time for Private Education in Singapore, it is pertinent to draw attention to the important aims and activities being carried out by the Association and its various sub-committees.

The APSC Academic and Accreditation Committee had developed a set of guidelines that specify the minimum standards that academic degree programs must meet in order to be recognised as accredited programmes. This is done through a comprehensive checking process to ensure that the degrees awarded by or articulated to bona fide universities and/or validated by accreditation bodies recognised by the home country.

These academic programmes are listed on the association website to promote a more informed public (both local and international) needing and interested in such information to make enlightened educational choices for themselves or their children. It is therefore of the utmost importance that our members commit themselves to offering the highest academic programmes that are recognised both within the republic and internationally for their excellence.

In conclusion, I am proud to be associated with the work of the Association and look forward to this developing further as the private education sector in Singapore enters a new and exciting phase of development.

Professor Antony J Chapman

Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

BSc, PhD, Hon DSc, CPsychol, FBPsS, Hon FBPsS, FRSA, AcSS



Dr. Tan Jing Hee, Honorary Adviser to APSC

altPrivate education in Singapore is at the crossroads. Globally, nations are painfully seeking recovery and grappling with the recreation of a new world economic order. As a nation, we are intricately implicated as we struggle to face new challenges that call for fresh and concerted out-of-the-box efforts. Among the numerous emerging needs is the imperative to prepare for transformational change, in both mindsets and behavioural responses. To be effective, they must be adequate to lead to continuous adaptation to on-going dynamic environments.

Education is one key instrument, being a proven, time-honored agent of successful change. Through the development of people as agents of transformation and progress, we can promote the effective and efficient growth and diversification of the industry’s endeavours. We can internationalise the broad range of vocational, higher education and training courses to meet the capability building needs of countries in the region.

Our mission reflects both the nobility of our endeavours and the socially enhancing quality of our enterprise – one that we can proudly dedicate our efforts to achieve.

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